Canary Wharf sits at the heart of the regeneration of the Isle of Dogs, and embodies the shift of the London economy, from physical goods to finance and services. Canary Wharf is most well known for being the home to some of the world’s best known financial and media companies.
As the Royal Docks is the largest enclosed dock area in the world, the restricted land space has pushed developments upwards and most of the residential property in Canary Wharf are made up of modern apartments. Many have waterside locations and while those with views over the Thames and some of the most sought after in East London. With numerous shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants and the offices of Canary Wharf within walking distance, apartments are ideally located to take advantage of the increasingly vibrant area.
Serviced by both the Jubilee line and Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Canary Wharf has excellent connections to Central London and London City Airport.
The completion of the Crossrail project has bought even better connections to the local communities and the rest of London. The combined station and overlying development are already boosting retail and leisure, as well as accelerating journeys, factors which will continue to push property prices close to Crossrail stations upwards over the next five years. Crossrail Place was opened on 1st May 2015 and includes 100,000 square feet of retail space and a roof-top park which is semi-covered by an elegant timber lattice roof. Visitors can also enjoy views out over the dock, Canary Wharf and beyond.
South Quay is the residential hub of the Docklands. Its shiny modern apartments are a stark contrast to its rich industrial history. With most of the apartments being within a 15 minute of Canary Wharf across the footbridge, the area is hugely popular with your professionals working in Canary Wharf. Quoted as “London’s new metropolis” Canary Wharf offers local residents the perfect combination of dynamism and infrastructure. With more than 240 retail and leisure outlets on your doorstep and top-tier restaurants, residents have everything they need on their doorstep. Canary Wharf also proudly displays one of the UK’s largest collections of public art in the Docklands Museum, celebrating the visual arts in a maritime environment.
Located at the southern tip of the Isle of Dogs, Island Gardens is arguably the quietest area of E14. Away from the hustle and bustle of South Quay, Island Gardens has a more relaxed, calming vibe. One of the largest urban farms in Europe is located at Mudchute. Mudchute Farm was established in 1977 in opposition to unwanted development by local residents, to protect the open space. The 32 acre site is now a nature reserve that houses over 100 animals and birds, and is a designated Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. Island Gardens is connected to Greenwich via the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, allowing residents to explore the history of London whilst also having easy access to the more modern side, in the form of the financial hub that is Canary Wharf.
Limehouse is located between the city and Canary wharf and is a vastly growing area with a variety of styles of living, with waterside apartments directly on the docks to housing from the classic styles of the Victorian and Edwardian Periods. The Limehouse Marina offers a tranquil setting and apartments with direct views are highly sought after. Nearby is the historic Narrow Street, known for being one of the oldest parts of Limehouse, with many buildings dating back to the eighteenth century. In addition to the beautiful scenery Limehouse has excellent transport connections, with the DLR taking residents to either Canary Wharf or Bank in three stops.
Blackwall and East India are a popular area amongst commuters due to the excellent transport links to Canary Wharf, the City, Stratford and London City Airport. Health conscious residents can walk into Canary Wharf in around 20 minutes while London City Airport is just over 10 minutes by DLR. Blackwall and East India are notorious for riverside developments. Most provide a peaceful setting away from London’s notorious fast pace, and being located on the river front boast spectacular views of the O2 arena. Residents do not need to travel into Canary Wharf for top restaurants, a firm favourite amongst locals is The Gun pub, a traditional waterside pub with great crowds. Named after the cannon which was fired to celebrate the opening of the West India Docks in 1802, the pub is steeped in history.
Tower Hamlets have approved the first extension of Canary Wharf since the 2008 crisis. Based at the eastern edge of Canary Wharf, the Wood Wharf regeneration is bordering Blackwall and will provide more than 3000 new homes to the area. The regeneration will include 30 buildings, with 4.9m square feet of homes, offices and shops. With an estimated completion of 2023, the site has been designed as a residential led, waterside community with shops, restaurants and community uses.
This up and coming area to the north of Canary Wharf, with its gleaming architecture, is now being completely regenerated after most of the area was destroyed during World War Two. Today Poplar has become a popular place amongst professionals to live, due to it being a few moments from Canary Wharf, making it easy for commuters to walk, cycle or take the DLR to work with underground lines taking you in to the Centre of London. Recently re-opened are the Poplar Baths that features magnificent Art Deco designed by Harley Heckford, and also a new community library designed by recently Knighted architect David Adjaye. Included in the regeneration of Poplar is Aberfeldy Village which is set to feature 1000 new homes, shops, a public square, and a new health centre. In contrast, to the modern style of Aberfeldy Village, is the well-known Woodstock terrace, a street dating back to the early Victorian era with three and four storey houses, which offers a glimpse into what the area looked like before being obliterated during the war.