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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Wardian Development

Review Date Mar 2021

There are many restaurants close by as it is near to Canary Wharf. There are also many hotels. It’s very peaceful and quiet.

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Love the development, the design of the building is amazing ! The area is great as it is close by to Canary Wharf and easy access to public transport. There is also underground parking which is convenient as cars are kept safe. I love how modern the design is !

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The DLR trains pass by so it is abit noisy. However is great for travel as its close.

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Great stay so far!

Review Date Mar 2021

My husband and I moved in to our new home in Feb 2021 and were super excited to start our lives here. It’s been a month and we have loved it here. There are a lot of local shops near by, a park about half a mile for your pet and yourselves. Amazing place to view sunsets, post office and medical centre is also close by. All essential shops are close by. We have really enjoyed living here and hope to have a wonderful stay!
I do wish though some of the repairs could be done sooner or atleast if there was an ETA on the fixes.

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Love the ambiance at the reception. Ostro tower lobby is also great and it always smells refreshing in the common areas! There is absolutely no disturbance from outside or other sounds that can impact our day-to-day lives. During covid the measures are taken properly. But I do wish, that in the lift the sanitiser bottle is not empty.

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Being new to the country, and looking for an ideal apartment in our budget was a bit of a task. But my husband luckily stumbled upon a Sailmakers ad on google. I guess, if there was a bit more presence about the property it would have been great.

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I love the spacious kitchen and also the furniture that was provided for us. It really goes with the theme of our house and we feel happy here.

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Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review. I’m so glad to hear that your husband stumbled upon Sailmakers and now you are living with us : )

Supper thrilled you love the ambiance we do too, noted about the lift sanitisers will ensure they are filled. Sounds like you have familiarised yourself with the development and the area very quick, we are very lucky to have everything at an arm’s reach. I will be sure to share this wonderful review with the Sailmakers team. Thank you!

Really enjoying Wardian, despite pandemic

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Review Date Mar 2021

Very well located, there are lots of places to eat and drink in CW, plus a decent shopping centre. Connections are good for the rest of London with Jubilee and DLR nearby.

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We chose Wardian as we really like the way it brings green space into the balconies. The apartment itself is well laid out.
Facilities are another big draw, with Gym, pool, cinema, bar, all in the building. Use and availability of these has been curtailed by the pandemic, but we are eagerly awaiting the day when everything is open and working again, which should be soon.
The post room is really handy and the concierge staff are great.
There also seems to be a very good community spirit developing here among residents. Long may it continue.

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I wish we had known that so many buildings, in particular Aspen, had been coming up, as that development in particular will block our view, which at the moment is spectacular.

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There is a lot of marble, which needs to be treated very carefully, so we would probably have preferred something more hard wearing.

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Dear AH,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your review of Wardian, we are very proud of the community we are building here and cannot wait to have the facilities open so that we can start to put on events and functions for you all to enjoy.

I will make sure that your kind words about the staff are passed on as well.

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Joseph Whitehead
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Exceptional Living

Review Date Mar 2021

5 mins from Canary Wharf underground so ideally located and only a little more to the wharf shopping centre so location wise is pretty good. New restaurants which will be positioned on the water next to the development are due to open summer 2021 which will be a very nice addition to what is already a vibrant area.

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The standard of the properties at George Street are of exceptional quality, I viewed many properties in my search for a new home and George Street was on par with the very best. The management have simply thought of everything a resident my want when developing the property from storage (something that is so lacking in many new developments), relax areas (the lounge and terrace are superb), guests (Guest rooms are excellent), private dining area, gym studio, spec of apartments and the staff are the best I have met whilst on viewings. You are made to feel welcome and truly valued.

Vertus have created a truly exceptional experience which you need to experience to understand its uniqueness amongst its peers

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no full functioning gym

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The views over east London and the amount of light which is captured in the property. Additionally the spec and standard of finish is exceptional

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Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased to hear that you are enjoying the views and amenities on offer at 10 George Street and we look forward to safely re-opening our amenity spaces including the gym studio in line with Government guidelines for our residents to enjoy soon. At Vertus, we greatly value our residents’ insights and recommendations so thank you for your feedback. If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know.

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