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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Living in Canary Wharf along the Docks

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Review Date Jun 2021

The development is 5 minutes from the Canary Wharf station where you have access to the Jubilee Line and the DLR. There will be an Elizabeth line soon which will allow you to get to Oxford Circus in 15 minutes or Heathrow airport in 45 minutes. The development is in a great location, with a shopping centre nearby and an Amazon Fresh and Waitrose. There are lots of great restaurants from Shake Shack to Roka and Wagamama. Plenty of open space for you to walk in the park or walk along the dockside and have a picnic.

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All residents have access to a residential lounge and a media room. One of the great things about this development is the residential terrace which overlooks the docks and the Canary Wharf skyline. You get to admire the beautiful 1 Park Drive building next door and see other residential buildings being constructed.

The concierge team is fantastic and is always available 24/7.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

How beautiful the views were from the residential terrace. It’s a big selling point of the development.

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

I would have liked my bathroom to have more storage space.

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Excellent place to live

Review Date Jun 2021

Close to a wide range of shops and amenities, everything I need is within walking distance. There is an AmazonFresh supermarket, bakeries and restaurants within a 2 mins walk of the building. Excellent transport links (tube and bus) and getting into central London is very convenient. There is a trash chute in the building for general waste, recycling and food waste.

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Very well-designed building with access to lots of perks including a lounge, dining room, media room, gym and pool (which have not yet opened at the time of writing). I have only had positive experiences with the staff who are all very friendly and professional. I had an issue with the construction of my home and it was resolved on the same day.

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The utilities are expensive, notably heating and electricity which has a monthly standing charge on top of what you pay for the actual amount of electricity you consume. The standing charge for me is always much, much higher than the amount of electricity I actually use.

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

Better sound proofing – if I play music quietly it can be heard in the hallways, and any minor noise from the hallway can be heard inside my apartment.

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Excellent location and facilities

Review Date Jun 2021

Nice quiet development with high quality finishes. Excellent location close to jubilee line and stores

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High tech furnishings, sometimes the lights are problematic due to the design and the refuse shoot can be problematic too. Property management are quick to respond but resolution time can vary depending on urgency of the issue. Concierge is very helpful.

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Problematic lighting is very frustrating and the balcony is tiny

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

As mentioned before the resolution time differs depending on urgency

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Amazing with minor flaws

Review Date Jun 2021

Great gym, food, bars, regularly changing art and design makes living Canary Wharf to never get boring.

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The property is amazing, the concierge team and customer service team are incredibly helpful and responsive. The resident lounge is very nice although for some reason it is at the 13th and not at the top floor, it feels like we sacrificed a bit of the view
The gym discount is great
However all this comes at sky high service charge

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

None that I can think of but probably the charges for heating and electricity

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

Yes, the flooring and door locks have some issues but the customer service team were quick to resolve them

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