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Canary Wharf

18/19 Cabot Square
Canary Wharf
London
E14 4QW
United Kingdom
T: +44 20 7512 9966
F: +44 20 7512 9977
canarywharf@knightfrank.com
Opening Hours
Mon 9am to 6pm
Tue 9am to 6pm
Wed 9am to 6pm
Thu 9am to 6pm
Fri 9am to 6pm
Sat closed
Sun closed

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Living in Canary Wharf

Located on the Isle of Dogs in the Borough of Tower Hamlets in East London, lies the district of Canary Wharf. Part of the West India Docks; it once formed the busiest port in the world and is now home to London’s major financial centre, containing many of the UK's tallest buildings.

Since its redevelopment began in 1988 the area has been transformed, becoming increasingly popular, with its luxury riverside apartments, many benefiting from on-site leisure facilities and 24 hour concierge services. Shopaholics are well catered for with three shopping malls housing major high street names, as well as smaller independent shops and designer boutiques, luxurious brands and quintessentially British goods.

If you fancy a bite to eat, there are an abundance of restaurants, pubs and bars both within the Canary Wharf Estate and scattered around the Isle of Dogs, catering for all tastes and budgets and many with waterfront locations offering fine views as well as fine dining. Canary Wharf hosts many public events such as the London Ice Sculpting Festival as well as comedy nights and movie screenings.  The area boasts its own 10 screen cinema, a number of big name fitness centres and, on the waterfront at Royal Victoria Dock, is ExCel London, home to many of London's biggest shows, including the London International Boat Show.

There are excellent transport links with the Docklands Light Railway connecting to Bank and London City Airport, the Jubilee Line providing a fast link to Bond Street, and even a River Service serving Greenwich and Westminster. Home to premium purpose-built apartments, Canary Wharf provides a unique waterside setting; the area is thriving and enjoys a fantastic location making it one of the most desirable places in London in which to reside.

Local authority

Tower Hamlets Borough Council
The Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London
E14 2BG
020 7364 5020

Schools

Primary Schools

Holy Family RC Primary School
Wades Place
London
E14 0DE
020 7987 3066

River House Montessori School
15/16 Heron Quay
London
E14 4JB
020 7538 9886

Getting to Canary Wharf

  • Roads
    Easy access to A2, A12, A13, North Circular and M11
  • Rail
    Docklands Light Railway (DLR): West India Quay, Canary Wharf, Heron Quays and South Quay stations
  • Underground
    Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line): 20 minutes to West End and Stratford
  • Air
    London City Airport – approximately 15 minutes on the Docklands Light Railway
  • River Boat
    25 minutes to Savoy Pier on the Thames Clipper Boat

Taxi/chauffeur/ luxury car hire services

  • Canary Wharf Cars
    0207 423 9999

 

  • Carrot Cars
    0207 005 0557

 

  • Chauffeur Centre
    0207 858 7999

Restaurants, Pubs and Bars

    • Le Plateau (French)
      4th Floor, Canada Place
      Canada Square
      London
      E14 5ER
      020 7715 7100
    • Smollenskys (Modern American)
      1 Reuters Plaza
      London
      E14 5AG
      0871 971 3363
    • Gaucho's (Argentinian)
      29 Westferry Circus
      Canary Riverside
      London
      E14 8RR
      020 7987 9494
    • Boisdale (Scottish)
      Cabot Place
      Canary Wharf
      London
      E14 4QT
      020 7715 5818
    • Jamie's Italian (Italian)
      Unit 17
      2 Churchill Place
      Canary Wharf
      E14 5RB
      020 3002 5252
    • The Gun
      27 Coldharbour
      London
      E14 9NS
      020 7515 5222
    • The Narrow
      44 Narrow Street
      London
      E14 8DP
      020 7592 7950
    • The Parlour
      The Park Pavilion
      40 Canada Square
      London
      E14 5FW
      0845 468 0100

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Gyms

  • Reebok Sports Club
    16-19 Canada Square
    London
    E14 5ER
    020 7970 0900
  • LA Fitness
    5 Hertsmere Rd
    West India Quay
    London
    E14 4AN
    0843 170 1005
  • Virgin Active
    West Ferry Circus
    Canary Wharf
    London
    E14 8RR
    0845 270 4084

Theatres and cinemas

  • Cineworld
    Hertsmere Road
    West India Quay
    London
    E14 4AL
    0871 200 2000

Hospitals and medical practices

Docklands Medical Centre
100 Spindrift Avenue
London
E14 9WU
020 7537 1444

History

Built on the site of the West India Docks, Canary Wharf was once one of the busiest docks in the world. During World War II, the area was bombed heavily and nearly all the original warehouses were destroyed or badly damaged. By the 1950s, the port industry began to decline, leading to the docks closing by 1980. Thousands of people were out of work and the Docklands lay derelict until the British Government adopted policies to revitalise the area in 1981.

In 1987 the Canadian company Olympia and York agreed to construct a major office development on the Isle of Dogs, with construction commencing in 1988. The first buildings were completed in 1991 which included One Canada Square, becoming the UK's tallest building and a symbol of the regeneration of Docklands. Upon opening, the London commercial property market collapsed, and Olympia and York Canary Wharf Limited filed for bankruptcy in May 1992. However, the tides turned again and the area has continued to be transformed to provide one of the worlds most important and thriving business districts, housing the UK’s three tallest buildings.