Located on the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs, east London, Canary Wharf is heavily associated with blue chip businesses. Along with the City it is one of the two main financial hubs in the United Kingdom and has around 105,000 professionals working in the area.
While its association as a business hub is strong, peel back the layers, and you will find an area that has become highly appealing for residential living.Thanks to a selection of luxury apartments taking their position in some of Europe’s largest skyscrapers; a top-of-the-range shopping centre; well-connected travel links, including a soon-to-be Elizabeth Line stop; and a waterside setting that adds an air of tranquility to the area, Canary Wharf is now one of the prime places to live in London.
Canary Wharf’s residential developments are unrivalled, offering stylish amenities, impressive views and high-end apartments. The Landmark, one of the two main developments in E14, is a mixed-used building located 15 minutes from the financial hub. The apartments offer comfort cooling, and there is a 24-hour concierge, underground parking and residents’ gym.
Pan Peninsula is the second: a residential development with individually designed apartments located moments away from the shopping and travel amenities of Canary Wharf. The development even features an exclusive bar, The Attic, which is located on the 50th floor.
There is also a residential area in Canary Wharf called South Quays, which offers a mix of apartments and houses. The area is popular with many Canary Wharf professionals who don’t want to be based directly in the centre, yet still need to be close enough for an easy commute to work.
One bedroom properties currently rent for around £1,585 per month, two bedrooms start from £2,560 per month, and three beds average £3,120. Once an area that solely attracted interest from corporate professionals, it is now highly sought after by overseas residents, as well as people from all pockets of the UK.
More than 200 shops and bars are spread across four shopping centres in Canary Wharf, offering a retail experience that is only matched by the West End. Canada Place, Crossrail Place, Jubilee Place and Cabot Place feature high-end fashion boutiques, retail favourites and supermarket food halls, as well as a selection of fine dining restaurants that offer jaw-dropping views across the impressive skyline.
Entertainment comes in the form of the popular Everyman Cinema, and a number of exhibitions that take place throughout the year at various arenas around Canary Wharf and other parts of the Docklands.
If letting your hair down after a long and arduous week sounds appealing, you will be happy to know that there are a plethora of lively bars to explore. Wine bars, live music bars or chain favourites like All Bar One mean that no matter your mood, you won’t be hard-pressed to find somewhere to enjoy a quiet drink or shake a leg to some music.
London areas are only as good as their travel options. Fortunately Canary Wharf has a fine selection, including a Tube station serviced by the Jubilee Line which offers direct stops to the West End and London Bridge. Canary Wharf and South Quays DLR offer direct links to Bank and, as of 2018, the Elizabeth Line will run through Canary Wharf, offering quick and direct routes to Heathrow and other areas in and out of London.
Canary Wharf may be the home to major businesses like J.P Morgan, Barclays, Citigroup, Thomson Reuters and Morgan Stanley, but it’s quickly forging a reputation as a place where people can lay down routes thanks to its combination of luxury and convenience. In the past it’s been referred to as ‘soulless’, but as each year passes, more people are adding colour and vibrancy to this bustling mini-metropolis on the water.September 9, 2016 rentonomy Moving to the Capital