10 best places to live in London Docklands

Sunset over Canary Wharf in London Docklands

Who knows the Docklands best? The people who live there! Discover the best places to live in London Docklands according to the residents who have watched it evolve. With hundreds of millions of pounds continually being invested in the area’s regeneration, there’s more reason than ever to take a look.

Where are the Docklands in London?

Nine square miles of riverfront make up the London Docklands, ranging across the diverse boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Newham, and Greenwich. It was one of the worst poverty-stricken areas of the capital in the 1980s. But, over 30 years of urban regeneration efforts have completely changed the docklands’ fortunes.

What happened to London Docklands?

Private investors and successive government initiatives have turned derelict land into thriving communities. Today, you can see the carefully planned blending of the old and new. Neighbourhoods like Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Wapping and Woolwich have created beautiful cityscapes of modern architecture, while at the same time retaining much of their historical roots and charm.

What’s it like to live in London Docklands?

The Docklands are constantly changing, as expansion projects and ongoing property development build on previous successes. Currently, the area offers a quieter, laid-back riverside lifestyle, but with plenty to keep you occupied.

There’s a thriving cafe, bar and restaurant scene, with a slightly more relaxed nightlife offering. You can also find good schools aplenty here, with more on the way. Fortunately, transport links are also steadily improving, with the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) undergoing ambitious expansion plans.

This makes the area most appealing to families and young professionals. With a widening range of properties available at appealing prices, solid commuter links and plenty of local colour, the London Docklands are attracting new residents with increasing confidence.

The 10 best places to live in London Docklands – according to residents

Our list of the best places to live in London Docklands is made up of the 10 developments with the highest star ratings from our reviewers. Click on any of the listed developments below to see a breakdown of exactly how residents rate them. You can also read the full list of reviews.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

1. 10 George Street, E14

4.69 (59 reviews) 4.69 (59 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
Image of 10 George Street, E14

Our top-rated London Docklands development is 10 George Street, which rises 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf. There are 327 ultramodern apartments available, all overlooking waterside gardens and boardwalks below. In addition, residents have exclusive access to “Club Vertus.” This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge which opens out onto a large, south-facing terrace. Residents love this mix of exceptional on-site facilities and easy access to the thriving Canary Wharf scene.

Read reviews and details of 10 George Street, E14

2. Sailmakers, E14

4.58 (100 reviews) 4.58 (100 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
Image of Sailmakers, E14

Sailmakers’ residents say they enjoy the great views, convenient location and wide range of facilities on offer, including pool, gym, pool tables, quiet areas, terraces and more. Situated within Harbour Central on the Isle of Dogs, Sailmakers’ is within 5 minutes’ walk of the DLR and less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf.

Read reviews and details of Sailmakers, E14

3. Baltimore Wharf, E14

Ballymore Group, Galliard Homes
4.57 (12 reviews) 4.57 (12 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
Image of Baltimore Wharf, E14

Shooting upwards into its new spot at 3, Baltimore Wharf is a mixed-use development from Galliard Homes, comprising residential units, retail outlets and a luxury hotel. There are 1-2-bedroom apartments, premium duplexes and penthouses on offer here. The development is moments from the Crossharbour DLR Station and Canary Wharf is less than a 10-minute walk away.

Read reviews and details of Baltimore Wharf, E14

4. Wardian London, E14

EcoWorld, Ballymore Group
4.51 (111 reviews) 4.51 (111 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
Image of Wardian London, E14

In 4th, named after renowned botanist Nathanial Bagshaw Ward, Wardian London is a unique residential development from EcoWorld and Ballymore, and designed by Glenn Howells. The development offers one and two-bedroom apartments and a collection of suites, all close to Canary Wharf’s Jubilee line, DLR, Thames Clipper services and London City Airport. Residents routinely give top scores for the development’s design, complimenting the architecture, interior design and added touches such as the fresh flowers on display in the communal areas.

Read reviews and details of Wardian London, E14

5. Ability Place, E14

The Ability Group
4.47 (14 reviews) 4.47 (14 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
Ability Place development

Our middle spot goes to Ability Place, where residents say that there’s everything you need on your doorstep, from the on-site spa and gym to the great mix of local restaurants, playgrounds and shops. All of this is backed up by solid transport links in the form of the nearby Jubilee Line link via Canary Wharf and the extensive bus network connections.

Read reviews and details of Ability Place, E14

6. Royal Quay, E14

Regal London
4.40 (10 reviews) 4.40 (10 reviews)
Area guide to Tower Hamlets

In 6th, Royal Quay is a Regal Homes development that’s conveniently close to the Westferry DLR station. There are 90 residential units on offer – a combination of studios and 1-2-bed apartments. Limehouse Cut Canal is just behind the building, so residents get to enjoy unobstructed waterfront views. They also rate the design and furnishings of the apartments, noting the good quality fixtures and fittings.

Read reviews and details of Royal Quay, E14

7. Bow Garden Square, E14

Telford Homes
4.33 (19 reviews) 4.33 (19 reviews)
Area guide to Tower Hamlets
Image of Bow Garden Square, E14

Next up is a new-build development by Telford Homes, situated in Bow, and offers 1-3-bedroom apartments alongside a handful of ‘sky villas’ (a mixture of two and three-bedroom duplex apartments). Bow Garden Square is within close proximity to Mile End tube station (for the District line) and Devons Road DLR, giving easy access to the City and Canary Wharf. The high-quality finish of the apartments, as well as the “simply stunning skyline views” are what put this development up to number four on our list.

Read reviews and details of Bow Garden Square, E14

8. Dollar Bay, E14

Mount Anvil
4.27 (19 reviews) 4.27 (19 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf

The Dollar Bay development is a newcomer, and a popular one too. Residents love the unique look of the building (it’s easy to pick out from the Isle of Dogs skyline) and that the tasteful design ethos extends to the interior of the apartments. There are 115 studios, apartments and penthouses at Dollar Bay, all enjoying plenty of warmth and natural light, as well as outstanding views of the river. Dollar Bay also offers easy access to Canary Wharf’s transport links and shopping malls.

Read reviews and details of Dollar Bay, E14

9. London City Island, E14

EcoWorld, Ballymore Group
4.26 (144 reviews) 4.26 (144 reviews)
Area guide to Poplar
Image of London City Island, E14

Fancy living on your own island within London? That’s just what our 9th top-rated London Docklands development offers, as it makes up a mixed-use 12-acre neighbourhood that includes a central square, commercial units, parkland, Manhattan-style apartments, and the City Island Social Club, all overlooking the River Thames and the River Lea. It’s now home to the English National Ballet, and offers excellent transport links out of Canning Town station.

Read reviews and details of London City Island, E14

10. The Landmark, E14

Chalegrove Properties
3.89 (37 reviews) 3.89 (37 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf

And finally, The Landmark makes the grade thanks to its great location (easy access to Canary Wharf station and local hotspots), reliable staff and excellent views. The available apartments are a mixture of studio, one, two, three and four-bedrooms, all with resident parking and other on-site facilities.

Read reviews and details of The Landmark, E14

Interested in knowing more about how the TFL expansion plans will affect the London Docklands? Click here. We also have guides to the best places to live in Canary Wharf and other East London areas.

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