The area surrounding the Docklands and Canary Wharf is a distinctive mixture of historic and newly developed commercial and residential buildings.
The Docklands area used to form part of the world’s largest port, carrying materials such as timber and grain. Although times have changed, the area is no less important and even has its own Docklands Orchestra and newspaper, The Docklands.
Getting out and about
There’s much more to the area than just being a financial district – Canary Wharf itself has many fantastic shops and restaurants such as shopping at Jubilee Place Mall, sushi restaurant Roka and the well known Tom’s Kitchen. Try Scottish bar and diner Boisdale, for whisky and live music too.
There’s many a spot around the Docklands for coffee, breakfasts, Italian and mediterranean food. Or you can dine at The Old Millwall Fire Station Restaurant in the Isle of Dogs which still has many of its original station features. Of course there are plenty of bars for cocktail drinkers, beer lovers and wine connoisseurs, and a thriving nightlife in the Limehouse area. But there are also surprising activities to do in the day, like at Millwall Park which has a bevvy of sporting activities and hosts the London Oktoberfest.
What’s going on
There’s a lot to do outside in this area, including beautiful riverside walks and paths along Limehouse Cut Canal. Mudchute Park and City Farm is a great green space to relax, sunbathe and enjoy a picnic in the summer. The architecture is full of glistening contemporary buildings, stunning converted warehouses and industrial buildings. In Limehouse you can see Hawksmoor’s 18th century maritime church, St Anne’s, which has the highest clock church in London. A visit to the Museum of London Docklands is also worthwhile, and which can even be hired out.
People who live in this area are often finance and overseas professionals, but the area is fast becoming an attractive place to live for all types of people. Property is in high demand due to the thriving businesses and stunning Thames views and developments, so housing mainly comprises apartments and flats.
There are many modern, elegant apartments and penthouses to buy and rent. Studio apartments in the Limehouse area start at around £300,000 depending on the location and finish, while larger properties are £550,000 upwards. Around Canary Wharf you can expect to pay around £490,000 to £650,000 for a one bedroom apartment, with larger penthouse accommodation starting at around £1.3m.
If you’re renting in the Isle of Dogs or Limehouse you can find one- and two-bedroom flats for around £325 to £425 a week. If you’re looking for something nearer to Canary Wharf the price reflects the area and two bedroom apartments are anything from £425 to £875 a week.
Canary Wharf and the Docklands area have several stations connected to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) including Limehouse and South Quay. This makes travelling to Stratford, Bank and London City Airport quick and easy. Canary Wharf is also on the Jubilee line which links straight to London Bridge (Northern line) and Waterloo Station (Northern and Bakerloo lines and mainline rail to southwest London).
Canary Wharf will soon have its own Crossrail station, so getting from east to west of the city (including Heathrow) will be even quicker with just two quick stops to Liverpool Street Station.
Many schools in the Canary Wharf area have excellent reputations. Canary Wharf College was labelled ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted after just two years of opening. You can also find primary schools such as Sir William Burrough Primary and secondary schools like Sir John Cass's Foundation & Red Coat Church of England Secondary School which focuses on business specialisms.
Canary Wharf, Limehouse and the surrounding Docklands fall under the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Council tax rates are:
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The area around Canary Wharf is still undergoing major redevelopment to improve it even further. Projects like the extension of Canary Wharf Estate on the waterside will see thousands of new homes, commercial offices and space for community squares, shops and restaurants.
Luxury accommodation like Lincoln Plaza and Maine Towers are being snapped up quickly and additional developments are in full force.