Living in Canary Wharf - A Guide for 2024

Area Guides Apr 2, 2024

Nestled on the Isle of Dogs in the bustling London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Canary Wharf  is known for being one of the cities most prominent business districts. The area is fast becoming one of London's most desirable residential locales for young professionals and families alike, with a dynamic social atmosphere, plenty of places to eat and drink and a variety of activites, right on your doorstep.

Diving into its rich tapestry, Canary Wharf's history is thriving in its architecture and the historical charm of the industrial waterfront. Once the heart of the world's largest dock in the 19th century, the area's connection with its past is intriguing. The name "Canary Wharf" itself is a nod to its historic trade ties with the Canary Islands.

Modern-day Canary Wharf is a striking contrast of contemporary skyscrapers and riverside developments, beautifully interspersed with cultural venues. The Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, with over 120 shops and a selection of highly acclaimed cafés and restaurants, offers an unmatched retail and dining experience – whether you're in for a quick coffee or an evening of fine dining and entertainment.

Despite its reputation as a hub for commerce, Canary Wharf is surprisingly rich in green spaces. Jubilee Park and Canada Square Park offer tranquil retreats amidst the urban energy, perfect for a peaceful respite or leisurely walks.

For those who prefer an active lifestyle, the area doesn't disappoint. Explore the Crossrail Roof Gardens for a scenic walk or check out one of the four local leisure centres for more recreational activities. Culture enthusiasts will find a haven in the Museum of London Docklands, where the neighborhood's fascinating centuries-old story is brought to life.

Adding to the neighborhood's charm are the numerous public art installations that infuse color and character into the modern steel and glass landscape. A special mention must be made of the Winter Lights Festival, a dazzling event that transforms Canary Wharf into a luminescent wonderland with artists from around the globe showcasing spectacular light installations.

To learn more about living in Canary Wharf, see our guide down below.


The Canary Wharf tube station connects to the Jubilee line. A trip to King’s Cross takes less than half an hour with only one transfer.

The Canary Wharf railway station connects to the Elizabeth line and the Canary Wharf light railway station links to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

The Elizabeth line goes towards Paddington or Abbey Wood while the DLR has five different terminus lines: Bank, Tower Gateway, Stratford, Shadwell, or Lewisham.

Canary Wharf is located in Zone 2.

Things to do, places to eat & drink

Here are some of our favourite neighbourhood haunts.


Plateau is a modern French restaurant located in the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre that offers a fine dining experience at a mid-market price. From carefully crafted starters to delicious mains, Plateau is guaranteed to become a family favourite from the first bite. Try the two or three-course set menu for the full French gastronomic experience.

The Pearson Room

For a stay-at-home getaway, settle into the sleek and sophisticated atmosphere in The Pearson Room. Though the al carte menu may seem a bit short, every creation is inspired by modern European dishes and is created meticulously by the head chef. Whether you’re in the mood for drinks and bar snacks or a nice meal, the Pearson Room is sure to charm.

Chai Ki

Chai Ki is your one-stop shop for modern Indian soul food. The restaurant’s all-day menu features specialty dishes like the dakshini platter as well as classics like butter chicken and lamb samosas. This spot is great for all dietary needs, providing plenty of plant-based delights in addition to its classic protein options.

Canary Wharf Shopping Centre

One of the most well-known attractions of Canary Wharf is its shopping centre, which includes a variety of boutique and commercial shops, restaurants, bars, and a cinema. The Canary Wharf Shopping centre takes care of all your everyday and recreational needs in one place. The large Waitrose is a neighbourhood staple, with its expansive grocery, home, and fashion collection.

Crossrail Roof Garden

Located on top of the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, the Crossrail Roof Garden is encompassed by a beautiful geometric dome. The garden features exotic plants from all around the world, arranged by their native hemispherical location. The Crossrail Roof Garden is free to visit and also functions as a performance space, most known for the annual Bloom Festival.

Billingsgate Market

The largest inland fish market in the United Kingdom, the Billingsgate Market is worth visiting even if you’re not the biggest fish fan (though if you are, there's nowhere better to pick up some sashimi grade seafood). The market has a long, fascinating history, and is located in the renovated warehouse of the West India Docks where it features almost 100 stands. On average, 25,000 tonnes of fish and fish products are sold in the market annually, making the Billingsgate a staple of the London Docklands.

If you’re considering a move to Canary Wharf, you can view all of the fantastic properties we have available in the local area here.

If Canary Wharf isn't the neighbourhood for you, we operate across the whole of London and can help you find your dream home, wherever it is that you want to live. All of our listings are available on our website, and you can use our convenient listing filters to find properties suited to your needs, whether you’re looking to rent with a pet or outdoor space is an absolute must-have. Alternatively, you can give us a call - just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll get busy looking for you!

Author: Julia Kaluta

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