Canary Wharf

Only a few decades ago, Canary Wharf was just a network of long-abandoned industrial docks. Now it’s a buzzing business and residential district, its cloud-skimming buildings full of state-of-the-art new-build apartments, hotel rooms and offices. The location often referred to as Canary Wharf consists of the 97 acre Canary Wharf Estate owned and run by The Canary Wharf Group and the wider Isle of Dogs area on the peninsula. Whilst the estate is Canary Wharf, home to a working population of over 120,000 people, many of the developments on the Isle of Dogs peninsula also market themselves as Canary Wharf and have been included in this guide. Read on to discover the developments that are rated as the best places to live in Canary Wharf and to see reviews from residents who own or rent in Canary Wharf.

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Best places to live in Canary Wharf

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Canary Wharf at dusk

Developments in Canary Wharf:

The Canary Wharf Estate

New-build residences have been sprouting up in Canary Wharf at lightning speed for the past few years. The Canary Wharf Group currently has a number of developments in construction both to buy and to rent. Their rental only brand Vertus has three developments welcoming their first residents in. Newfoundland – a 60-storey tower inspired by The Gherkin, which sits in a prime waterfront location at the western end of West India Middle Dock. This one’s been dubbed ‘The Diamond Tower’ thanks to its ‘diagrid’ façade, and is the brainchild of Mayfair architect, Horden Cherry Lee. It’s one of the first Build to Rent developments in the Canary Wharf area and will be the UK’s tallest residential structure at 220 metres high.

Impressive building and surroundings, with loads going on nearby and transport links. The place is still in construction stage but you can see how spectacular it will look when it’s finished.” – Seema S, Newfoundland viewer

Another Canary Wharf Group offering is One Park Drive – an angular, 58-storey structure designed by Swiss architect, Herzog & de Meuron. This new-build is flanked by parkland and waterways, so will suit those who want to be blend city living with a slightly more rural outlook. Ten Park Drive is its sister offering, another high-rise property with luxury apartments by Make Studio.

Ten Park Drive merges residential and hotel characteristics, thanks to first-class facilities such as a smart resident’s lounge and club room, a state-of-the-art gym and a swimming pool. There’s also a private cinema and sky terrace, which offers panoramic views.” – HomeViews Property Pro

The Canary Wharf Estate is run and managed by the Canary Wharf Group. They also look after the 97 acre estate security, facilities, traffic, health and safety and the East Wintergarden venue.

Canary Warf street with girl

The Isle of Dogs and wider Canary Wharf area

Sailmakers by Greystar frequently tops the list of best places to live in Canary Wharf. A pet-friendly rental only development residents have rated this development one of the top rated places to live in London.

“An excellent development catering for a wide range of tenants from young business professionals, families, students, dog owners and couples returning to city living having spent far too long in the suburbs. This mix is one of the attractions of Sailmakers. The Sailmakers team could not be more helpful and their humour and professionalism have made our move here easy. The gym is fabulous – the 360 degrees views over London are a great distraction. The cinema room and business centre are an added bonus.”  – Brenda S, verified resident at Sailmakers

Galliard Homes has also bitten off a large chunk of the Canary Wharf pie, with developments like 35 Indescon Square and Harbour Central attracting affluent professionals in their hordes. These slick developments offer up apartments with a view and a side-order of hotel-like facilities. As well as this, they are also on the list of the best places to live in Canary Wharf.

It is a very good development with sufficient facilities such as reception and cleaning services. It is in a good location, in the vicinity of Canary Wharf but also have convenient nearby local stores such as Tesco and Subway. The security also seems good, with entrance hobs and CCTV in the lifts. Overall a good development to live in.” – Jolene S, verified resident at 35 Indescon Square

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41 Millharbour, by Weston Homes, completed back in 2004, and lots of its apartments come with a balcony. Another established property is Baltimore Wharf, a joint venture from Ballymore Group and Galliard Homes. A striking new-build with a winding aesthetic. Its residents appreciate the fact its architecture sets it apart from the rest of the Canary Wharf skyline…

Each apartment has an individual balcony which forms the twisty curve structure of the tower. The balcony ring rotates with respect to the core of the tower creating an visual effect when view in different views the tower looks differently. The design of the tower did not follow modern days practice in maximising indoor space by creating square layouts. Nevertheless the twisty structure of the tower stands out from the background of block buildings in Canary Wharf. Adding a sense of uniqueness in the area.” – Sa H, verified owner at Baltimore Wharf,

The view is very good, I have a Lake view for a fantastic price. The staff is very friendly the security is very good. and the location is quite nice, is near to shps and services. The apartment is new and well furnished.” – Dorie, private tenant at 41 Millharbour

Ballymore’s Wardian development is worth a special mention, too. It was named after botanist Nathanial Bagshaw Ward, and it’s exotic foliage gives it the feel of a subtropical paradise.

Canary Warf at night

E14 hustle & bustle

London’s E14 area lays on plenty of reasons to tempt you home after work. Wander beyond Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers and you’ll find quiet riverside walks, plenty of waterfront restaurants and cafes, and pockets of calm like Island Gardens and Mudchute Park and Farm.” – HomeViews Researcher

Contrary to popular belief, the action in Canary Wharf goes on well into the weekend. It has a reputation as a weekday professionals’ playground, but this isn’t just a neighbourhood for Monday to Friday. Shops, bars and restaurant concentration has grown alongside everything else, and now there’s plenty of entertainment all week long.

Shopping and eating out

Five malls make up Canary Wharf Shopping Centre – a mixture of high street names and luxe designer stores. The area’s gastronomy is varied, spanning refined French gastropubs and sophisticated Japanese eateries, plus everything in between. And there’s a good smattering of watering holes, from cosy pubs to cocktail bars. The best of the bars sit Thames-side, with high-up al fresco terraces great for catching that famous skyline at sunset.

Canary Wharf must-dos

Other attractions include London Museum Docklands, which offers a fascinating look at Canary Wharf’s history. In addition, there is The Space, which concentrates on theatre and art. Outdoorsy types will appreciate the Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre, where you can have a go at pursuits like windsurfing and canoeing.

Transport

In terms of transport links, it’s hard to beat Canary Wharf.”

Naturally, London’s largest financial hub is well connected, served by the DLR and Jubilee line. There is also a river bus service, if you’d rather travel across the water. London City Airport is right on the doorstep, too – perfect for travelling city slickers, or those jetting off for leisure instead of work.

You can find out more about what it is like to rent in Canary Wharf by reading reviews from residents. Click below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover the best places to live in Canary Wharf. If there’s a Canary Wharf property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Canary Wharf

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Excellent living at Sirocco Tower

Review Date Jan 2022

Everything is perfect, maybe could be better if it is closer to the station.
And I would really appreciate if there is a self-service common area with free tea/xoffee

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I loved it, everything looks very new. I like the furniture and design itself, everything looks good. I would appraciate if additional services such Cinema would be free of charge, that was a bit disappointing aa I am student. And I just wish it could have a pool, that would make the development 10/10.

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For now everything is fine.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Joanna always answered my emails within 15 minutes with a detailed answer to my question.

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Great place to live

Review Date Jan 2022

The area combines the best of all aspects of living: lots of green spaces to recharge, city life with ample shopping and dining opportunities, and quiet and picturesque corners for a long walk.

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Great development and friendly staff. The maintenance team is amazing. They have a friendly word and solution any time you run into them. Dean is especially helpful and fast, and there is nothing that this team cannot fix. Thank you for making our life so comfortable at Sailmakers, Dean.

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Free sports classes, so I would bot habe signed up for other things.

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Yes. Great management, very friendly and welcoming.

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Hi Annika,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. I am so happy to hear you love our development and that the team have made you feel welcome. I will be sure to share your review with the Sailmakers Team and Dean who will be absolutely thrilled with your review.

So happy you chose Sailmakers to be your new home : )

Unorganised

Review Date Dec 2021

Nice building but very unorganised.

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The gym is tiny or else everything is as you would expect.

I was promised parking which hadn’t been arranged when I moved in and was charged. There was no one to really help and the concierges were useless. The place seems very unorganised and no one seems to want to help once you sign the lease.

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The 24/7 maintenance are usually not available and visit at random hours.

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When raising maintenance issues I seem to have to keep chasing up through the concierge if I want any result. The app doesn’t work.

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Dear JJ,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we are sorry you feel you have not had the best leasing experience with us.

At Vertus we strive to exceed our resident’s expectations and deliver the highest levels of customer service, could you please get in touch at Hello@thisisvertus.com and we can address any issues you have and we will do our best to resolve them.

Thanks.

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they provide excellent service, they are by far the best in the whole Canary Wharf Area

Review Date Dec 2021

I would say that the standard of living in Canary Wharf is very high from every aspect.

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The design and facilities of Newfoundland development in Canary Wharf are excellent as well as the building management. Regarding Vertus, I would like to point out that not only they provide excellent service, they are by far the best in the whole Canary Wharf Area. My rating for the Newfoundland development is excellent

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The viewing was very well organised and thoroughly executed.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I have recently moved in so there have been no issues to respond to.

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Dear Dimos,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review . It’s great to hear you love the design and facilities at Newfoundland and our on-site Building Management team will be so pleased to hear your feedback.

Thank you for sharing your leasing experience with us.

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