Historically part of the world’s largest port, the West India Docks, Canary Wharf is now the heart of London’s international trade and commerce. Although the area is notable for its large collection of skyscrapers, cutting-edge architectural developments have been constructed since the 1980’s in order to house the district’s growing residential population.
Perfectly-located for the City, Canary Wharf is highly desirable to those looking for a unique and vibrant neighbourhood, with a vast range of predominately modern housing, from one-bedroom warehouse apartments to high-spec penthouses. More traditional Georgian properties can be found around Limehouse, or just south of the river in Blackheath and Greenwich.
The area contains numerous schools, such as Bygrove Primary School and Cyril Jackson Primary School, both of which are currently rated “outstanding” by Ofsted.
Europe’s largest shopping centre, Westfield Stratford, is home to an enormous variety of restaurants and bars. Upmarket Japanese restaurant, Roka, has an outpost in Canary Wharf, and The Plateau, at Canada Place, boasts wonderful views from its fourth floor location.
Canary Wharf has an abundance of cosy pubs and bars with spectacular views. One Canada Square has a very smart bar area with a comprehensive wine list and is an ideal place to unwind after work. For quirky cocktails, head to Smollensky’s or the industrial-inspired Parlour, the latter of which boasts a lively alfresco terrace.
Run by a charitable organisation, Mudchute Park is over 32 acres of countryside housing more than 100 animals. The park also organises a range of activities for all ages of children. Also nearby are the 180 acres of Greenwich Park.