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.

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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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Quite happy to live in

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Review Date Sep 2021

Great development, great location. Lots of markets/food halls/shopping places within walking distance

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Good river views through floor to ceiling two-aspect glasses. Quite happy with the central heating, central air conditioning system as well as the daily hallway cleaning service. Property management company are very responsible when public facilities need to be fixed.

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I would I had known more about the development to be build / area plan before moved in.

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

The building management usually reply within one day.

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Good but could be better easily.

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Review Date Sep 2021

You have loads of food delivery options and places to eat at nearby as well a good underground connection. It is a relative safe area and the proximity to Thames can provide you with good relaxing walks. A negative thing is that if you like cycling you’ll need to do it on roads as there are no big parks nearby.

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The flats have a modern design and the facilities, resident gym, is convenient placed in the basement of the building. There is a parking but the parking spaces can’t be rented, so if your flat doesn’t have one assigned there is no way to get a parking space. There is a concierge that receives your parcels so don’t get stolen, but sometimes they are misplaced or delivered to wrong flat.

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That it is not possible to rent a parking space in the building.

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

I didn’t raised any issues with the building management so I can’t answer.

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Nice apartments, pretty bad building

Review Date Sep 2021

The good aspects are that you’ve got close proximity to transport links through Canary Wharf station, the DLR, and Uber Boat services. Also very close to Canary Wharf’s malls with lots of cafes and shops to visit.

The downside is it’s on Marsh Wall, getting dangerously close to the ongoings of the Isle of Dogs and is not very far from other areas of Tower Hamlets which are quite frightening and dangerous. A lot of crime, drugs, ASB, stabbings, etc. that constantly prevent you from properly enjoying the area.

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The Landmark is a nice tall building with very good views over Canary Wharf on one side and London on the other. The apartments themselves are modern and somewhat spacious by London standards.

The issues come in all the other aspects of Landmark. A few of the concierge are often pretty rude and dispassionate about doing their job. They’ll open the doors for anyone and everyone which has resulted in drunks, homeless people, etc getting in. The ‘gym’ – which you’re not allowed to see until you become a tenant – is actually about a 4x8m room with a few non-functioning machines. And you certainly don’t have to worry about any joint issues as they’ve barely got weights above 10kgs.

The air conditioning throughout the building is also a mess, it simply cannot provide for this scale of development and there have been many, many instances where it’s not functioned properly or at all.

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That the management would be so so poor and there would be such a large amount of issues which simply don’t get resolved.

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Landmark’s management are beyond incompetent. They will take days or weeks to fix a serious issue you raise and will only ever provide a super short-term solution. By the time they’ve issued a statement saying they’ve fixed something, it’s usually broken again. They’re well aware of all the severe issues but are not willing to put in a cent to fix any of them and live up to the service they are contracted to provide.

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Best Apartment in London

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Review Date Sep 2021

So conveniently placed for the tube, DLR and even the uber boats which are a great way to get to get to the South Bank

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It’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The apartments are beautifully designed and we must have one of the best views in London overlooking the City, North and East London along with Canary wharf itself. The communal areas are also very handy for work and the outside terrace is great.

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I think the community aspect of the building is very different to other residential buildings.

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Yes we had an issue with the heating that was resolved straight away

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Manager Response

Dear Steve,

Thank you for your fantastic review. We are delighted to hear that you love the design of your new apartment and are enjoying the spectacular views on offer as well as working from home in Club Vertus. If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know.

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