Apartments to rent in Canary Wharf: Top-rated developments

London’s Canary Wharf has come a long way from its humble origins as a network of abandoned docks. Today it’s one of the world’s most renowned centres of business and one of the UK’s most desirable places to live. Located in Tower Hamlets, East London, this thriving, bustling district is the location of choice for people seeking modern, luxury city living. Verified residents of the area’s newest developments have provided HomeViews with reviews of their renting experience. From their feedback, we’ve created this list of the best apartments to rent in Canary Wharf.

Living in Canary Wharf

The location known as Canary Wharf encompasses the 97-acre area occupied by the Canary Wharf Estate. It has also come to include the wider peninsula of the Isle of Dogs. People once regarded the area as a somewhat soulless place to live and work. However, recent developments have brought plenty of life and vibrancy to the surroundings. The addition of a greater range of shops, restaurants and cafés has helped, among the many new residential developments. More than 100,000 people work across the Canary Wharf Estate. A growing number also choose to live in the area, close to their workplace.

The majority of Canary Wharf’s residential developments are sleek, modern skyscrapers. The wider Isle of Dogs peninsula does, however, offer some more traditional, suburban-style housing and green spaces. There are also the sympathetically converted warehouse-style dwellings of West India Quay.

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) ensures Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs are well-connected, with regular trains towards East London and The City. Canary Wharf is on the underground, with the Jubilee Line providing easy access towards Central London. London City Airport is just three miles to the east. Residents can also enjoy easy access to the bright lights of the West End and other popular Central London locations.

What is build to rent?

Some of Canary Wharf’s newest and most exclusive residential buildings are build to rent developments. Build to rent is a booming sector within the property industry. Developers build them solely for renting, not for sales. The developments tend to be purpose-built residences with contemporary styling. Additionally, they often come with a variety of benefits for residents.

Perks and extras included in build to rent offerings can include on-site management teams, cleaning services and communal working and socialising areas. They may also include utility bills and Wi-Fi. Some developments even offer the luxury perks of gyms, spas and 24-hour concierge services.

Build to rent is growing in popularity among renters seeking a different experience to the traditional rental sector. While rental costs may work out as slightly more expensive than the private rental sector, once you factor in the additional benefits of build to rent, it can represent value for money. Flexible rental terms are also available. Some developments are geared towards short-term stays, while others offer more permanent terms of up to five years.

Apartments to rent in Canary Wharf: best developments as rated by tenants

We can now reveal our list of the best apartments to rent in Canary Wharf. Verified residents of some of the area’s newest and most exclusive rental developments have reviewed their homes on HomeViews. They provide their views on every aspect of living in the development, so we can bring you this list. Take a look at the list to see what it’s like to live in some of Canary Wharf’s most desirable developments.

1. 8 Water Street, E14

Vertus
4.36 (37 reviews) 4.36 (37 reviews)
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The number one rental-only apartment development in Canary Wharf is 8 Water Street. This development of 174 apartments from Vertus was rated the number one build to rent development in London in the HomeViews Build to Rent Awards for 2021.

Residents can enjoy access to a landscaped private garden, overlooking the South Dock and the quiet boardwalks and floating pavilions of Water Square. Similarly, the development also boasts an expansive roof terrace – the largest outdoor space in the Vertus portfolio.

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2. Newfoundland, E14

Vertus
4.37 (47 reviews) 4.37 (47 reviews)
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Second in this list of apartments to rent in Canary Wharf is Newfoundland, by Vertus. The development comprises 636 apartments in a prime Canary Wharf location. Residents can choose to look out over Canary Wharf, or towards the Thames and the City. Residents also have access to exlcusive private amenities including a gym, lounge, terrace and children’s play area.

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3. 10 George Street, E14

Vertus
4.69 (59 reviews) 4.69 (59 reviews)
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Third Place is occupied by 10 George Street. The development rises 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf. There are a total of 327 apartments, overlooking the waterside gardens and boardwalks below. In addition, residents have exclusive access to ‘Club Vertus’, including access to a 24/7 gym studio, a self-service bar, a private dining room and a lounge which opens out onto a large, south-facing terrace.

The concierge is on-hand to provide 24-hour support and services. Apartments come fully furnished or unfurnished, leaving you the choice of how to make yourself at home.

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4. Sailmakers, E14

Greystar
4.58 (100 reviews) 4.58 (100 reviews)
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Greystar’s Sailmakers is the fourth highest-rated rental-only development in Canary Wharf. Comprising 327 units, it is within the mixed-use Galliard Homes development at Harbour Central. The site is situated on the Isle of Dogs close to the River Thames, and less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf. In addition, transport links come courtesy of nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services.

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Are you interested in finding out more about life in Canary Wharf? Read our dedicated area guide by clicking the link below. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of Canary Wharf life. There’s also a listing of the great rental developments Canary Wharf has to offer.

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