Canary Wharf

A Guide to Living in 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.

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

Further on…

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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Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2020

The property is right in the heart of Wood Wharf, next to Canary Wharf. It is five minutes from the Canary Wharf shopping centre, which has everything you need, and also Canary Wharf underground station where you can take the Jubilee line to wherever you want to go. Even though it’s next to all the offices and skyscrapers, it has stunning views of the river and is very peaceful. Amazing location all in all!

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The entire development is very tastefully designed and the facilities are excellent. There is an outdoor patio with waterside views, a residents’ lounge and a bar (fully kitted out with coffee, tea and wines!). Property management is also top-notch, the concierge team is always on hand to help with anything you may need. There are also frequent resident events being hosted here, and it makes for such an enjoyable, indulgent lifestyle. There really is nothing like it!

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I only managed to do a virtual viewing (not a physical one) beforehand and had my doubts because the rent is pretty high, but having moved in, I’d definitely say that it’s worth it.

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

Majority of Wood Wharf is still under construction, if the restaurants/cafes were open around the area, that would be perfect.

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We really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you are enjoying the location, lifestyle and the waterside views from our south-facing terrace at 10 George Street. Our dedicated on-site team will be so pleased to hear your kind words, thank you for your positive feedback.

Feel like I am on holiday in a private resort… summer holiday sometimes subject to weather and wine bar!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2020

Having a mall full of shops, gyms, bars, parks all on your doorstep vs what i used to have in a small high unsafe high street is a blessing at the very least!

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My thoughts on the design: well the designers did well on a TV that spins into the bedroom or living room and an amazing south facing terrace overlooking the water/Greenwich! The rooms are great definitely – even during work from home, but #WFVA (work from vertus amenity) should get trending as it is far better!

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I would have wished to know how many more things were on offer from events, newpapers, cleaners, wine tastings – the list goes on.

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

Always at the desk at ground floor so for impatient people like me you can get things sorted straight away.

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Thank you for leaving such a positive review. We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying the south-facing terrace and working from home in Club Vertus. At Vertus we strive to exceed our resident’s expectations with both our building facilities and service delivery, If there’s anything else we can do to help, please let us know.

Oasis in Canary Wharf

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2020

Full of restaurants, bars and shops. We have everything we need.

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The building is super modern and offers many different services to the residents. From wine tasting to barbecues, we have a lot of events to meet new people and enjoy the community. The flats are very well furnished, with high quality furnishings and appliances.

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

We were informed about everything we needed to know.

What is the best feature of your home:

The Club Vertus, with the lounge space to relax and work.

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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so pleased to hear that you are enjoying the events programme and growing community at 10 George Street. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your leasing experience with us, thank you.

Super cool development in Canary Wharf

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2020

Very nice area. Supermarkets, restaurants and lots of shops.

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Very modern and high quality design and furnishings. Facilities include: Gym, high speed Internet, resident’s lounge, barbecue area, solarium, additional storage, parlour , gaming area, Bringme box ( parcel handling). The concierge team is very helpful.

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We were informed about everything we wish we had known before moving in.

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

Very efficiently. Always available when needed. Great service !

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Thank you for your kind words, we really appreciate you taking the time to share your leasing experience with us. At Vertus we always strive to deliver a superlative service to all our residents and our dedicated on-site team will be delighted to hear your feedback. If there’s anything else we can do to help, please let us know.

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