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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Top Rated Developments in Canary Wharf

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 place to live!

Review Date Oct 2020

v convenient to Canary Wharf tube, restaurants, Waitrose grocery and jubilee park.
Clean and walkable.

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great building, nice design – attractive community space and perks for residents.
Building staff and property management are all responsive and friendly.
Nice building programming with “elevenses” on Thursdays and various social events.
coffee and sparkling water in the library is a nice touch.
Would recommend!

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The refurbished area by the river with the mini park, deck, and grass is really pleasant – great for exercising and relaxing.

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They are very responsive and pleasant. Would recommend this mgmt team.

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Manager Response

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review. We are so happy that you are enjoying the location of 10 George Street and the variety of offerings on the Estate as well as the Club Vertus facilities and the exclusive events programme on offer. Our on-site team will be so pleased to hear your kind feedback, thank you for sharing your leasing experience with us.

Highly Recommended!

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Review Date Oct 2020

Dislike: The area is still under construction so sometimes it gets a bit noisy outside but inside the flat its fine as the windows are sound proof.

Like: The area is extremely secure. The building is just 5 minutes away from Canary Wharf Station.

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One of the best places to stay in London if not the best. The concierge team and the rest of Vertus staff are extremely nice and friendly. The place is secure. The facilities are excellent and well designed. The apartment itself is spacious with plenty of storage and the appliances are top quality. It’s only 5 minutes away from Canary Wharf station which is perfect. If you want someone who works miracles, ask for Pierre!

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I wish I knew the amount of construction in Wood Wharf.

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

I had couple of small issues and the team responded very well and solved my problems immediately.

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Dear Ahmed,

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a wonderful review and we are so pleased to hear that you are happy with the design and the appliances in your new home. At Vertus, we strive to deliver an exceptional service to all our residents and we are so pleased that we have been able to help. If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know.

Exceptional Accommodation

Review Date Oct 2020

The accommodation at 10 George Street (Vertus) is exceptional. It’s equivalent to staying at a 5 star hotel. The staff are outstanding and so friendly.

I’d highly recommend this accommodation to everyone. You are highly unlikely to be disappointed.

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The design and feel of the property is superb. It’s contemporary and warm. Easy to relax in the warm indoor area and the terrace is a great place to relax when the suns out.

The decor and furnishings are stunning.

There are also games tables to enjoy and a library of books and other games.

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Dear Sandy,

Thank you for your glowing review. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and we are so glad that your enjoyed your stay at 10 George Street. Our on-site team will be so thrilled to hear your feedback, thank you.

Nice flats but too loud

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Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

The area is good if you work in Canary Wharf however not very safe at night.

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The development is nice and the flats are very good-looking. The rooftops are amazing, with great views. However, we had to move out because it was extremely loud, the windows are not soundproof and the noise of trains coming from Poplar depot kept us awake all night. In summer when it is hot if you want to keep you windows open during the night you have to accept that you won’t sleep because trains are moved around the depot at all hours of day and night, making a very loud squeaking noise.

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

The noise made by the trains.

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

Putting more pressure on landlords to fix issues in flats

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