Canary Wharf, world renowned for its famous skyline, is one of the UKs largest financial centres and is home to the European headquarters for numerous international organisations, including well known banks and professional service firms. The area is found at the north of the Isle of dogs and used to be one of the busiest docks in the world, however all the docks were closed by 1980 after the port industry began to severely decline. In 1935 the area was used as an import dock for a company named Fruit Lines Ltd, which connected London with the Mediterranean and Canary Islands fruit trade – hence the birth of the name Canary Wharf.
Canary Wharf is home to a staggering fifteen buildings that are over 60 meters tall. This includes the dizzying heights of the One Canada Square, built in 1991, which is the second tallest building in the UK – beaten in height by only the Shard, this impressive structure is 235 meters tall with 50 floors and was designed by the famous architect Cesar Pelli. Close behind in joint third place are 8 Canada square and 25 Canada Square (200 meters) which are home to the HSBC world headquarters, Citigroup, Crossrail as well as other large firms.
Despite being a major business district Canary Wharf also offers a huge number of opportunities for leisure and entertainment, including popular shopping centres, restaurants, cinema complex’s and annual arts and events making it an interesting and fun place to live.
If you love open spaces, look no further than the natural beauty of Canada Square or Jubilee Park which are located at the east and south of Canary Wharf. Should you need unwind after work, simply take a stroll along the River Thames which is no more than a few minutes’ walk away. Further to the south, on the Isle of Dogs, the Mudchute Park and Farm boasts the largest city farm in London with 32 acres of countryside shared by over 100 animals and fowl including exotic rare breeds.
This location is ideal for anyone who is working in central London who would prefer not spend too much time commuting long distances. Westferry station, on the DLR line, is no more than a 5 min walk away – there are also many bus stations giving rise to excellent transport links with the rest of London. The nearest bus stop is 2 minutes’ walk away and will connect you to 5 different bus routes including the D6, 15, 115, N15 and N551.
At the weekends, you could head out to Cabot Square where you will find a huge variety of restaurants, or Cabot Mall for all the shops you could ever wish for. For your weekly shop for groceries, Waitrose Canary Wharf is within 15 minutes’ travel of our properties and the ASDA Isle of Dogs is also conveniently accessible by DLR. Closer by there is a choice of local convenience stores which include a COOP, Tesco express and an Iceland which are all within a 12 minutes’ walk.