September 30, 2019

Living in Canary Wharf: A Guide

Wondering if living in Canary Wharf is right for you? 


Canary Wharf is a striking landmark on the London skyline and one of the world’s leading financial centres. But alongside its nine-to-five business buzz, it’s also a great place to call home. Here’s why. 

Excellent transport links


Canary Wharf station is on the Jubilee Line and the DLR, making it easy to get out and about. The Jubilee Line will take you to London Bridge in seven minutes or Waterloo in 11 minutes, and the DLR will get you to Bank in 11 minutes or Stratford in 12 minutes. The Elizabeth Line, when it opens, will also have a stop at Canary Wharf. 


It’s also served by a number of bus routes, giving you easy access to east and central London, and several dedicated cycle routes.


One of the most compelling reasons to live in Canary Wharf is the prospect of travelling to work by boat. The Thames Clipper operates four peak services per hour to Waterloo and Woolwich, and a shuttle service runs to London Bridge every 10 minutes at peak times.


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A great selection of properties


Canary Wharf’s enormous glass-and-metal towers dominate the skyline, but it’s also home to an array of attractive properties. 


Modern flats make up the majority, with new waterside developments offering stylish living to suit a variety of budgets. At the luxurious end of the scale, there are stunning penthouse apartments with incredible views over the city. 


Pockets of Victorian terraces provide period charm, and warehouse conversions give a nod to the area’s dockside history. There are also modern townhouses and former council flats.


A vibrant food and drink scene


Living in Canary Wharf is great for foodies. There’s an amazing range of restaurants, from street food stalls to upmarket steakhouses. 


Try Roka for contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine (a traditional style of grilling food over charcoal) in swanky surroundings, Chai Ki for ‘modern Indian soul food’ or Gaucho Canary for sophisticated Argentine steak with spectacular views. For casual dining head to Giant Robot, a rooftop street food market featuring an eclectic bunch of food stalls and bars. 


Good schools


If you’re a parent thinking about living in Canary Wharf, you’ll be glad to know there are a number of schools in the area rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. 


Canary Wharf College East Ferry and Canary Wharf College Glenworth, both primary schools, are rated ‘Outstanding’, while Canary Wharf College Crossharbour, a secondary school and sixth form, is rated ‘Good’. 


Plenty to do on your doorstep


You’ll never be stuck for things to do living in Canary Wharf. Mudchute Park and Farm, on the neighbouring Isle of Dogs, is a working farm and stables set in a 32-acre pocket of countryside. Have a wander around and meet the animals, or check out its seasonal events, activities and workshops.


The Museum of London Docklands explores the history of London’s docks, with fascinating permanent galleries and changing exhibitions as well as a brilliant programme of talks, walks, events and workshops.


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Living in Canary Wharf: Something for everyone


With its lively atmosphere, great transport links and excellent schools, we think Canary Wharf is a brilliant place to live for everyone.


We hope our guide has helped you decide whether living in Canary Wharf is for you. Ready to start searching for properties? Browse our sales and lettings or get in touch with us to find out more. 


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