Canning Town

A Guide to Living in Canning Town

Canning Town is in the West Ham area of the London Borough of Newham. It’s situated in the former Royal Docks district on the north side of the River Thames.

Another of East London’s regeneration success stories, Canning Town has welcomed huge transformation since 2012, when a £3.7 billion investment was announced to give the district a much-needed makeover. A new wave of sky-high towers now characterises the landscape of E16 – lots contain residential units that cater for the professionals of nearby Canary Wharf.

Canning Town’s new neighbourhoods

Development in the area hasn’t been restricted to new homes, but entire new neighbourhoods containing parks, restaurants and shops.

Case in point is London City Island. One of the most impressive newcomers to Canning Town,  it’s a joint venture from heavyweights EcoWorld and Ballymore. This purpose-built technicolour neighbourhood has drawn parallels to The Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City and has been dubbed a miniature Manhattan. Green spaces, eateries and a community square share space with the modern apartments here, and the project has attracted big names like the English National Ballet, which now has a home here. The exclusive island is surrounded by the River Thames and the River Lea, and connected to the rest of the district by a footbridge.

“The outside of the property is amazing because there is a lot of nature such and the swans and birds. The rivers on both sides feels a lot more out of the city for how central it is I wish there was a special price for the ballet for the residents. The colours and design give the property a lot of character.” – Carmina, verified resident of London City Island

“My apartment space is new and modern. It is clean with an open plan. During the winter it is very warm. We have a balcony so we get great views and great lighting. We also have great storage spaces.”  – Anon, verified resident of London City Island

Royal Wharf is another hot contender. The project from Oxley Holdings and Ballymore offers 3,385 homes, as well as a high street, market square and waterfront park and walkway.

It’s a 5 star development, with all the facilities you want and need. Gym, bars, supermarket and surrounded by nice parks. I definitely would recommend living here. Looking forward for new facilities to arrive.” – Dami, private tenant at Royal Wharf

Canning Town travel

One of Canning Town’s biggest draws is its reliable London connections – a huge reason it’s been identified as an opportunity area. Its namesake Zone 3 tube station is on the Jubilee line, providing fast and direct links to the West End and Canary Wharf, while its DLR station whisks commuters into the City. Custom House will also welcome Crossrail imminently, providing further appeal for professionals.

HUB Residential’s Hoola development is praised for its proximity to Canning Town’s transport hubs. This duo of ultra-modern towers also offers contemporary new homes with floor-to-ceiling windows.

The development is well-designed and modern. The building management did a good job. There is no noise coming from other apartments. The London city airport is near by and it is still quiet in my apartment.” – Jincheng, verified resident of Hoola

Residents of Mount Anvil’s Royal Docks West will be just a three-minute walk from the Crossrail stop when it’s complete. These design-led apartments are paired with hotel-like facilities and superb river views.

“Mount Anvil’s Royal Docks West enjoys a prime setting in the Royal Victoria Dock, once a maritime hub, and now a thriving neighbourhood of waterside cafés, restaurants and leisure facilities. Part of a multi-phase project, the development’s debut tower pierces the skyline at 19 storeys – its aesthetic a pleasing nod to the area’s industrial heritage.” – HomeViews Property Pro

Other popular developments in E16

Build to Rent veteran Fizzy Living’s Canning Town is getting rave reviews from the HomeViews community. These modern apartments form part of the Vermillion Tower, which is just a five-minute walk from Canning Town station and opposite Malmesbury Road Park.

Fizzy Canning Town is spacious and comfortable for a decent price in busy London. The location Is fantasic for transport links. The team are lovely and friendly with and always willing to help.” – Oyin, verified resident at Fizzy Canning Town.

“From the first phone call Fizzy was everything that I want and need from a landlord. They were there when they said they would be, and the flat itself was really high quality – and for less money than I expected. I would absolutely recommend Fizzy. They do all the hard work and make life easy for you.” – Andy A, verified resident at Fizzy Canning Town

Things to do in Canning Town

Aside from the new shops and restaurants brought in with the regeneration (it’s especially buzzy around the Royal Victoria Dock), Canning Town has a variety of old-timers to speak of. Authentic Turkish restaurants line up on Barking Road, and the iconic ExCel Centre hosts exhibitions, performances and sports events.

Shoppers can reach mega-mall Westfield Stratford in just a few stops on the Jubilee line, and historic Greenwich can be accessed via the Emirates Air Line cable cars.

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Awesome flats and location

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Having lived in Canning Town for over a year, the area is definitely starting to become more lively with more shops and restaurants opening. Also love how the area has doubled up as the town of Hawkins for the Stranger Things Secret Cinema!

One thing missing from the area is a pub! Would be great to have a local for roasts, brunches and quizzes

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I mostly really like the design of the building, I think it looks very clean and welcoming. I don’t think the red cladding is particularly attractive but it does help me spot my flat all the way from Stratford, Greenwich and one time from an aeroplane landing at City Airport.

The security staff do an good job however a few times I have had random knocks at my door from cold callers, not sure how they got up to the 9th floor where I live!

There’s been a few occasions where I have not been able to access the car park because of weekend security not having the correct fob…not ideal when you have family/friends staying over!

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Bad: no nearby bar or pub and place to catch up with friends. You’ll need to leave Canning for that and head to Stratford or North Greenwich.

Good: excellent location, 24hr tube line, next door to a great techno club and, for a limited time, the Secret Cinema. The flats are lovely and modern.

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

The building has responded very promptly to any issues raised, unless an external part or repairman is required which has taken a few weeks

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Thank you for your review! Sorry to hear about the mixup with the carpark- feel free to email me if you are expecting friends and we can pre-arrange parking for you.

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Great place for east London based workers!

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Area is great, never had any trouble of issues, is close to the tube and two gyms.

A good amount of restaurants, both sit down and fast food are nearby

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The flat looks big and nice from a distance with a nice orange facade covering the building.

Our one bedroom apartment is furnished with top of the range kitchen appliances and with our furnished package we had a better than expected sofa.

There is a main reception with people that can pick up your packages whilst you are out at work which is super useful!

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Maybe the heat of the place, it takes a bit of getting used to but on the flip side we haven’t turned the heating on once since we started living there.

Although I expect we will need to invest in a dyson cold air blower for the summer months .

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

Yes we had a loose tile in our bathroom and it got fixed within 1/2 days.

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Thank you for your review! I hope you continue to enjoy living here 🙂

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Great home and area for my young family

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I think the area feels very safe for my new family and it feels like there is a community. There needs to be more retail but I know it is coming. The ballet performances are really lovely.

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There is a lot of things coming into the development such as a film school and football pitches. The apartment was build to a high spec and the view of Canary Wharf is really great. We have two bathrooms which is really spacious for a 2 bedroom apartment.

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Nothing really as we did a lot of research and we knew a lot about it.

What is the best feature of your home:

The view of Canary Wharf from my apartment building

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Safe and welcoming neighbourhood

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The noise from the construction
causes dust on the windows. No shop near the area. And grocer is very minimal and barely has anything in it.

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I like that there is a gym and the pool area within the development which is really convenient however it is quite small. The concierge is 24 hours and are so useful when it comes to any issues or deliveries.
The Garden area gets cleaned really regularly and is beautiful during the summer.
Family feel and feels safe as I have never had any security issues.
The hot water has been cut out 3 times in the last 2 months which is due to the construction so I expect it will get better.

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There was no shop in the area and how small the gym which max allows 20 people max.

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I like the view from the balcony overlooking the garden.

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