About this office
Our experienced team of estate agents at Canary Wharf have a wealth of local knowledge and can assist with all aspects of the marketing, sales and lettings processes. There is a real crossover between sales and lettings with the team well-versed in all property transactions, including a specialism in Prime and New Homes. Alongside Canary Wharf itself, the team cover the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, East India, Poplar, Bow, Mile End, Canning Town, the Royal Docks and Stratford.
Why move to Canary Wharf?
Canary Wharf sits at the heart of the capital’s financial district and is famous for its iconic skyline, including the second tallest building in the UK, One Canada Square. It is a hub for employment in the financial sector and an increasingly desirable residential area, with luxury apartments springing up to cater to the young professional set. With many shops, restaurants and amenities, this unique area is the perfect marriage of vibrancy and convenience.
A little bit of history
The contemporary development of Canary Wharf occupies the site of the historic West India Docks where the port industry flourished until the mid-20th century. After the closure of the docks in 1980, the area underwent significant regeneration with many of its famous skyscrapers appearing by the early 1990s. Today more than 100,000 people work in Canary Wharf’s vast expanse of office space and it is one of the world’s leading financial and business hubs.
Architecture and property
The majority of properties in Canary Wharf and the surrounding areas are apartments found in a mix of high- and low-rise buildings. Many of these are new builds benefitting from a concierge and other onsite amenities. Waterside properties are of course popular, as are the period houses and conversions around Victoria Park and the Georgian Tredegar Square. The Isle of Dogs was voted most desirable place to live in London by The Sunday Times in 2019, thanks in part to its charming Victorian terraces and docker’s cottages. There are also warehouse conversions on the island and in Limehouse, most notably the former Spratt’s dog food factory which is now home to an intriguing blend of private residences and creative workspaces.
Shopping and amenities
Residents and workers in Canary Wharf benefit from a wide array of shopping facilities, including the vast complex of the Canary Wharf and Canada Place shopping malls, which are located next to the tube stations and offer designer boutiques, restaurants, a cinema and a Waitrose supermarket. The popular Westfield Stratford City shopping mall is also easily accessible, as well as vibrant Bow with its numerous independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
There are a range of sporting facilities in the area, including gyms, specialist fitness centres and the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre.
Canary Wharf has a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and cafes, catering for everything from the lunch rush to family dinners and after work drinks. Many of these eateries have a pleasant riverside setting, including Royal China, Gaucho steakhouse and The Narrow, Gordon Ramsay’s gastropub in neighbouring Limehouse. Boisdale of Canary Wharf serves traditional Scottish fare and visitors can choose from an extensive whiskey list. The Giant Robot at Crossrail Place offers street food and drinks from a selection of roof top bars with panoramic views.
West India Quay is home to the Museum of London Docklands and a multiplex Cineworld, while the Everyman cinema at Crossrail Place offers a luxury viewing experience.
Those seeking a taste of rural life in the heart of the city need look no further than Mudchute Park and Farm which makes a delightful day out for children and adults alike. A Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation situated on the Isle of Dogs, the park houses a working city farm and hosts many fantastic events throughout the year. Sitting on the Meridian line is Crossrail Place Roof Garden, housing exotic plants and an 80-seater performance space. A quick DLR journey takes you south of the river to the 183-acre Royal Park at Greenwich with its boating lake, pretty gardens and panoramic views of the Canary Wharf skyline.
Families living in Canary Wharf and the surrounding area benefit from a great range of schooling options. Institutions on the Isle of Dogs include Harbinger Primary, George’s Green, St Edmund’s Catholic School, Cubitt Town Junior, Seven Mills Primary and Canary Wharf College, which has three campuses for children of all ages. Nearby Poplar is home to Woolmore Primary, Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Primary, Mayflower Primary and Langdon Park comprehensive, which also boasts a sixth form.
As you would expect from such a thriving business hub, Canary Wharf has strong transport links to the rest of the capital and beyond. Its Zone 2 Jubilee Line underground station is one of the busiest in the network, linking Stanmore in the west with Stratford in the east, with regular fast services to London Bridge, Waterloo and North Greenwich to name a few. Canary Wharf is also served by the Docklands Light Railway for trains to Greenwich, Lewisham and Stratford, and the future arrival of Crossrail will further enhance travel to and from the area, with access to Heathrow in approximately 40 minutes. There are numerous local bus routes and the Thames Clipper river bus makes frequent stops at Canary Wharf Pier for an alternative route to central London, while London City Airport is nearby for domestic and international flights.