London Boroughs

Canary Wharf


Canary Wharf, one of the world’s leading financial centres, towers five miles east of Central London at the edge of the River Thames and is one of London’s most exciting neighbourhoods.  The ultimate destination for city living, Canary Wharf has everything on offer for a fantastic lifestyle, all packed into a picturesque riverside location. It’s welcoming new residents like never before, with homeowners jumping at the chance to live here, where they can walk to work – either in Canary Wharf itself, or in the nearby City of London. There’s a real buzz of people enjoying themselves, and a sophisticated social scene is livening up the area.

Characterised by modern glass towers, the area has a vast property portfolio. Beautifully designed apartment blocks dominate here with gleaming residential towers, warehouse conversions and waterside wharf developments – with one, two and three bedroom apartments or sky lofts with big balconies.  All these new developments have their own in-house mini-villages of shopping centres, eateries, fine dining restaurant and funky cocktail bars. Many too have residents’ gyms, in-house bar, and yes sometimes even an infinity swimming pool and cinema. But there are also pockets of period homes to snap up towards the fringes with traditional Georgian and Victorian terraces found along the historic streets in Limehouse and Blackwall.

At the recently developed Crossrail Place there’s an oasis of calm with the myriad of exotic plants at the Crossrail Place Gardens, designed by innovative British architects Foster + Partners. This four-floored development is also home to Giant Robot, a seven-days-a-week rooftop foodie arena. Foodies are totally spoilt here, as Canary Wharf has built up an impressive collection of casual and upmarket eateries from street food markets, food vans, Michelin star restaurants and everything in between with plenty of trendy bars and pubs to boot to keep local residents on a happy keel from Plateau on the fourth floor of Canada Place offers sensations views to the delicious Spanish Iberica Canary Wharf or The Merchant, a great spot for an after-work drink with outdoor heated seating area overlooking the North Dock to the super funky The Pagination, with its 70s retro vibe, knitted blankets and sheepskin covered retro chairs. If you’re prone to over-indulging with food and alcohol, then the Reebok Sports Club, covering an area the size of three football pitches and over three floors no less, is a great place to burn off the calories.

There’s also plenty else going on in Canary Wharf, from the Museum of London Docklands, to Mudchute Park and Farm, a 32-acre compact city farm with petting zoo, duck pond and brilliant café. Renowned Billingsgate Market is a total must for regular fresh fish and seafood and the Trinity Buoy Wharf is now a budding creative community tucked away between the Thames and Bow Creek.   Although Canary Wharf is a thriving business zone, and not necessarily the most obvious place to raise a family, you’ll find a surprising number of good primary and secondary schools here including an independent Montessori school.

You can reach the West End in just sixteen minutes on the underground tube jubilee line, or hop on a DLR train at Canary Wharf or Heron Quays. Crossrail station makes Canary Wharf transport links even more efficient, with impressive connections to the City of London, the West End and Heathrow.