Canary Wharf, London Area Guide

Unlike many other areas of London, Canary Wharf has been designed almost completely from scratch. Over the past 30 years, it has undergone extensive regeneration to become one of the world’s leading business districts.

Once an area that was dominated by industrial wasteland, it is now one of the most well-known and luxurious residential areas in London; properties to buy and rent in Canary Wharf are in high-demand. The local area also has an impressive array of shops, restaurants and entertainment - there’s no shortage of things to do in Canary Wharf.

Where is Canary Wharf?


Canary Wharf is London’s central business district, just east from the centre of the capital in Zone 2. It boasts many towering office buildings and luxurious residential properties that overlook the River Thames and many of the city’s most notable landmarks, such as One Canada Square. It is home to financial business giants like HSBC, Barclays and Citigroup – to name just a few.

So, what borough is Canary Wharf in? Canary Wharf is situated in the Borough of Tower Hamlets, near key areas including Woolwich, The City and the Isle of Dogs.

It’s easy to get to and from Canary Wharf - as an international hub for businesses with thousands of people commuting every day, the area’s transport connections are top-notch.


Canary Wharf Docklands


Canary Wharf has a vast and exciting history as one of the busiest docks in the world. In the early 1800s, many leading countries and businesses traded with Britain via ships that sailed in along the River Thames.

During World War 2, the extensive bombing of the Canary Wharf Docklands left many warehouses beyond repair. This and the introduction of larger ships that couldn’t access the Thames meant that the area went into decline. People left in search of new employment and businesses were forced to close or relocate.

However, the regeneration of the Canary Wharf has given the entire area of south-east London a new lease of life, bringing this industrial heartland back to life and transforming it into one of the most prominent commercial and residential districts in Europe.


Living in Canary Wharf


Today, living in Canary Wharf is a far cry from the industrial era. It is now home to an ever-increasing number of residents who either work in Canary Wharf itself or in the nearby City of London area.

The scenic views, high-end restaurants and bars, partially underground shopping centre and excellent transport links make living in Canary Wharf highly attractive. It's a popular spot for Londoners and tourists alike.


Things To Do in Canary Wharf


Here are a few ideas of what to do in Canary Wharf, whether you are visiting for the day or staying a little longer.

  1.  Take a scenic stroll along the River Thames and look out for public art installations
  2.  Brush up on your history at the Museum of London Docklands (it’s free!)
  3.  Explore One Canada Square and marvel at the towering skyscrapers
  4.  Tuck into delicious foodie treats like Asian stir-fries and burgers at Giant Robot street food market
  5.  Visit Crossrail Place Roof Garden to enjoy a drink in a leafy jungle oasis with panoramic views
  6.  Enjoy some luxury retail therapy at Canada Place or Jubilee Place Shopping Malls
  7.  Have an indulgent meal at one of the many restaurants in Canary Wharf such as The Breakfast Club or ROKA
  8.  Skate around the 1,200-metre ice rink in Canada Square Park from November to February.

Buying Property in Canary Wharf


With so many brand new properties to buy in Canary Wharf there has never been a better time to invest in a property in the area. Many residents choose to buy and rent flats in the many imposing but beautifully designed apartment blocks to stay in during the week while they work in central London.

Others take the opportunity to buy a luxurious property that they live in full-time, waking up each morning to stunning views across the capital, along the River Thames and over the many other eye-catching structures that London has to offer including the O2 Arena, Tower Bridge and The Eye.


You can find out more about living in Canary Wharf and the Borough of Tower Hamlets in our latest research, the CBRE London Borough by Borough Report or take a look at our Local Impact Report here.


Transport in Canary Wharf

Transport in Canary Wharf is excellent; a number of river crossings connect the north and south of the area, while the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) and Jubilee Lines have stations in Canary Wharf, Heron Quays and West India Quay.

Tube Stations:

  • Canary Wharf – Jubilee line and DLR
  • Heron Quays - DLR
  • West India Quay - DLR
  • Crossrail - 2018