Canary Wharf

A Guide to Living in Canary Wharf

Once upon a time there was little of Canary Wharf, apart from lonely, 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.

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.

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.

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.
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Great location, fairly good development

The Landmark is located in a safe area, and from there we can easily access the Thames for nice walks in Spring and Summer, as well as Canary Wharf for shopping and dining, and take the tube (Jubilee) or the DLR to get to Greenwich, London City Airport or Central London.

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The development was clearly designed for young professionals. The design is simple but functional.
There’s a gym in the basement but at peak hours it’s definitely too small for both the Landmark West and East buildings inhabitants to share.
The reception team is great, very efficient and polite.
We regularly have problems with the lifts suddenly not working anymore (at least 1 out of the 3) and the lack of hot tower, but the management team is very reactive and transparent about it so repairs are scheduled outside of peak times and are done reasonably fast.

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There is a lot of very strong winds in Canary Wharf, and our building therefore creaks and moves a lot. It can be scary if you live in the highest floors I think.

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

They were reactive and solution-driven when I raised concerns regarding strong cigarette and incense smells coming from other flats that were getting into mine and preventing me and my partner from sleeping and made us cough a lot.

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Convenient location with everything you need in a property.

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10 minutes fron the Jubilee line and 5 minutes from DLR. Big Asian grocer right next door and a Tesco express too.

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Daily cleaning of common areas which is good. Also have window cleaning from time to time of which they notify us. good reception team who handle my deliveries well. I’m in a studio and the design is good, bed and living area sort of separated and I like the squarish design which makes the space feel bigger.

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If you’re looking for gym facilities, this is not the place to be.

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Never raised problem to building management before so can’t say

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A great building in a fantastic location (property management not the best)

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I love that the area has a huge array of restaurants and bars in very short walking distance.
I’ts also only a 25 minute walk to Cutty Sark which is fantastic.

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Lincoln Plaza has a huge range of facilities available to most residents. Two rooftops, one of which includes a gym for all resisdents to use.
A business centre is available for all residents too which is great for working at home and/or a separate quiet space to get some work done.
There are also a few winter gardens with great views and lots of light giving different vibes in different seasons and different times of the day.

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We didn’t know that we would still not have access to the building gym even when we staircased up to 100% – this should have been communicated from the outset.

Also – the housing association, OneHousingGroup are poorand very, very unresponsive until you lodge a complaint – after which things seems to get better.

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Generally the management are responsive to issues I have raised personally (the concierge staff are outstanding) – however there have been prolonged periods where the building entrance doors and/or lifts are not working and they have taken far longer than they should have to be repaired/addressed.

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Great

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Very well connected, lots of shops and restaurants

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Great building management – concierges seem nice and always willing to help, facilities such as cinema, gym, pool and gardens are all well maintained as well. I’ve been living here for over 2 years now and don’t have any complaints for the building team.

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Nothing specific.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Nothing from the top of my head, I’m quite happy with the way it is.

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