For singles and families with young children working in the area, Canary Wharf can be an ideal place to live to avoid a highly time-consuming journey time to work.
- Local amenities
- Thames river
Over the years, Canary Wharf has become the rival business district of the more traditional, historical City.
Located East of London in Zone 2, Canary Wharf is found on a peninsula called “The Isle of Dogs”.
Historically, Canary Wharf has been a dockland area, where ships from all around the world delivered their precious shipments. As a matter of fact, Canary Wharf was named after the Canary Islands, from where fruit used to be delivered on the quays.
From the 60’s onwards, when cargo transport began to decline, the Wharf was closed and left empty throughout the 80’s.
Its regeneration began in the late 80’s, with the ambitious project to make it the new business district: a new English-style Manhattan, bringing London into the 21st century, but still with a sense of neighbourhood and community through thoughtful architecture, parks and public spaces.
It is now home to prestigious financial companies, such as Barclays Capital, KPMG, Credit Suisse and HSBC, but it also hosts media and advertising companies.
For singles and families with young children working in the area, Canary Wharf can be an ideal place to live to avoid a highly time-consuming journey time.
While Canary Wharf’s first-generation housing was pads in gated schemes for bankers and corporate lawyers, or tiny flats for single IT staff, the new developments are more family-friendly. Some new high-rise property developments, such as Millharbour Village, even include “sky” nurseries and playgrounds on the roof-tops.
Moreover, the whole quarter has a strong seaside feeling being surrounded by river Thames, reinforced by the presence of Nautical basins and marinas.
For the little ones, a special mention for the City Farm of Mudchute, a working farm offering the children a multitude of activities: pony, animal discovery, nursery, …
For the grown-ups, the area is also full of fashionable restaurants (such as Roka, one of the best Japanese fusion restaurant in London) and a multitude of shops split into three shopping malls: in total, more than 300 shops & eateries.
Canary Wharf is extremely accessible as well by public transport: by tube with the Jubilee Line and DLR (Docklands Light Railway), an automated light metro system. In addition, it offers a river Thames Clipper Boat service run by TFL and is on immediate vicinity of the compact City Airport.