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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Great area – great connectivity

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jan 2021

Local amenities are modern and very comfortable to get to. It’s easy to get around because the streets are safe and well lit. It’s also easy to walk around indoors when the weather isn’t great. Views are nice. Plenty of construction going on but they tend to not disturb.

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The area is modern, clean and safe. Close proximity to great transit stations and retail variety. There are many options of different outdoor spaces for families. I consider this a family-friendly and pet-friendly development. Parking tends to be the only tricky and expensive thing. I love the options for food delivery and dining.

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I wish I had known how much value there is in this area and I would’ve narrowed my apartment hunt from the start.

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

Building management is usually quick to solve any issues. Happy with the service so far

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Avoid unless you want to have no hot water for weeks!!!

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Verified Resident
Review Date Dec 2020

The are is convenient for people who works in canary wharf

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I had over 4 weeks of no hot water in my apartment during Aug (middle of the pandemic). I also experienced several weekend with no hot water due to “boiler” problem. Several leaks pipes and flooding were reported/observed during my stay.

A lot of fixture and fitting was broken during my stay which shows the quality of the furniture. Chase Evan, the official management estate agent, is aggressive and kept accusing me of improper use!!!! They took weeks/moths to get anything fixed. Hence, I left as soon as I can.

Facilities such as swimming pools, sauna, etc look nice and appealing at first. They were not working half the time during my stay. They were out of action since March 2020 still spring 2021 at least!!!

Staff are nice and friendly but the building’s quality is poor…

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I would have not chose to move in had I known there was another hot water pipe leak in the East Tower last year. Residents did not have hot water for over 3 weeks in Nov 2019 …

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The view of London from my flat is nice. The swimming is nice to have when it is working.

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I am happy to live in Dollar Bay

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Review Date Nov 2020

Dollar Bay has everything required to live in a dynamic area: restaurants, bars and pubs. Plenty places to walk and discover.
Jubilee line and DLR guarantee perfect transport. It’s a pity that Elizabeth Line is still not working and we have to wait another few years.

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I keep discovering Dollar Bay building shape every time I look at it. It stands out from other skyscrapers in Canary Wharf. Flats are really well designed and functional. I love winter garden / balcony area.
It is very quiet, I can’t neither hear traffic from Manchester Rd, nor my neighbours. Just from time to time I hear noise from cooling vent, like someone dropped some v. heavy object.
As for management company, I am waiting for cooling system to be fixed for 5 months now. Other than this issue, they are keeping the building in very good condition.

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Keep hearing strange noises from cooling vent.

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Very functional layout, a lot of cupboard space. It is very quiet.

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Resort living in Canary Wharf – who knew?

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Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2020

We have been here for 2 months now which is enough time to check out the facilities and see how we are feeling about the place. Some days we pinch ourselves that we are really staying in this beautiful flat and enjoying everything about the area. I find the construction site fascinating and with the triple glazing I am not bothered by the noise. I can watch the boats go in and out through the lock and see what is travelling up and down the river.

The area is safe with many security guards and good lighting. Transport links are excellent and the local shops give us everything we need.

There are loads of restaurants in the area and lunch outlets are plentiful to service the offices (which are desperately quiet at the moment).

There are trees and gardens which are delighful and some pretty impressive sculptures. The area is clean and well kept.

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We were not looking at Canary Wharf at all but luckily we had a relocations agent that persuaded us to have a look and we were sold within 5 minutes. It is new, fully furnished with very tasteful furniture. The kitchen has everything you need and nothing you don’t. I love the floor to ceiling windows which gives us light and makes the flat feel bigger.

We didn’t realise how good the coffee was going to be in the Parlour and the facilities there and on the Terrace make us feel as though we are in a resort.

We had a couple of minor issues when we moved in that were seen to within hours of my request so we cannot complain about the service we received. Because every flat is a rental they have a maintenance person available every day.

I have never lived in a flat with a concierge before but they are all so professional, courteous and helpful I always want to live this way. I don’t know how many Amazon parcels they sign for each day but it is superhelpful that I know that all parcels will be well looked after until I can get down to collect them. The concierge acts as our go to person for any queries and there is little for us to worry about.

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We like the area much more than we thought we would and watching the bridges and locks open and close provides excellent entertainment. I was expecting the flat to disappoint me as it couldn’t be as good as it looked on inspection but I was wrong.

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

Yes, we sent an email request using the app and the problem was investigated within a couple of hours and followed up very quickly. Using the app meant that the query was logged immediately and only closed when it had been resolved to our satisfaction.

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Manager Response

Hi Carol,

Thank you for your fantastic review. We are so happy that you are enjoying the views from your new home at 10 George Street and the variety of offerings available on the Canary Wharf Estate. We are so grateful to hear your positive feedback on our Vertus Residents app and our Concierge team will be so pleased to hear your kind words. Thank you for sharing your leasing experience with us. If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know.

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