London’s Canary Wharf has come a long way from its humble origins as a network of abandoned docks. Today it’s one of the world’s most renowned centres of business and one of the UK’s most desirable places to live. Located in Tower Hamlets, East London, this thriving, bustling district is the location of choice for people seeking modern, luxury city living. Verified residents of the area’s newest developments have provided HomeViews with reviews of their renting experience. From their feedback, we’ve created this list of the best apartments to rent in Canary Wharf.
Living in Canary WharfThe location known as Canary Wharf encompasses the 97-acre area occupied by the Canary Wharf Estate. It has also come to include the wider peninsula of the Isle of Dogs. People once regarded the area as a somewhat soulless place to live and work. However, recent developments have brought plenty of life and vibrancy to the surroundings. The addition of a greater range of shops, restaurants and cafés has helped, among the many new residential developments. More than 100,000 people work across the Canary Wharf Estate. A growing number also choose to live in the area, close to their workplace.
The majority of Canary Wharf’s residential developments are sleek, modern skyscrapers. The wider Isle of Dogs peninsula does, however, offer some more traditional, suburban-style housing and green spaces. There are also the sympathetically converted warehouse-style dwellings of West India Quay.
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) ensures Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs are well-connected, with regular trains towards East London and The City. Canary Wharf is on the underground, with the Jubilee Line providing easy access towards Central London. London City Airport is just three miles to the east. Residents can also enjoy easy access to the bright lights of the West End and other popular Central London locations.
Apartments to rent in Canary Wharf: best developments as rated by tenantsWe can now reveal our list of the best apartments to rent in Canary Wharf. Verified residents of some of the area’s newest and most exclusive rental developments have reviewed their homes on HomeViews. They provide their views on every aspect of living in the development, so we can bring you this list. Take a look at the list to see what it’s like to live in some of Canary Wharf’s most desirable developments.
Having very recently snatched the spot for Canary Wharf, 30 Harbord Square is now the king of the waterfront. Every apartment here has been designed to a high-specification and all residents benefit from waterside views of the Thames or westwards towards Canary Wharf itself. Discover Canary Wharf’s latest neighbourhood, Wood Wharf, and the buzzing residential community set within acres of parks, overlooking the O2 and Greenwich.
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In a close second place, Greystar’s Sailmakers is a Build to Rent scheme of 327 units. It is set within the mixed-use Galliard Homes development, Harbour Central. The site is situated on the Isle of Dogs close to the River Thames, and less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf. In addition, transport links come courtesy of nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services. Residents enjoy fast and frequent connections to the likes of Bank and Monument.
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Recently climbing from 5th to 3rd, we have the ever-popular Newfoundland. It’s a sizeable community offering 636 apartments. Residents can choose to look out over Canary Wharf, or the Thames and the City. Also, residents have access to private resident amenities including a gym, lounge, terrace and children’s play area.
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In at number 4 we have a well-established favourite of Canary Wharf – 10 George Street. This inviting development rises 37 storeys above the new district of Wood Wharf. The development comprises 327 apartments, which overlook waterside gardens and boardwalks below. In addition, residents have exclusive access to “Club Vertus.” This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge which opens out onto a large, south-facing terrace. Similarly, the 24-hour concierge is available to sign for parcels, arrange for dry cleaning and welcome you home. Apartments come fully-furnished or unfurnished, how you make it your home is up to you.
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Hitting the middle spot in our list, 8 Water Street comprises 174 stylish apartments. Residents can enjoy access to a landscaped private garden overlooking the South Dock and the quiet boardwalks and floating pavilions of Water Square. Similarly, the development also boasts an expansive and well maintained roof terrace. This is the largest outdoor space in the Vertus portfolio.
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The Collective Canary Wharf is a unique co-living space that inspires community. Residents benefit from: resident events, a gym, all-inclusive bill, co-working spaces and multiple resident lounges. The development is located in Crossharbour Plaza, just a few minutes’ walk from the Crossharbour and South Quay DLR stations and only 10-minutes from Canary Wharf.
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And finally, Canary South is a development of apartments on Westferry Road, putting it very close to Canary Wharf underground and the attached rail links to London’s West End and central London. It is also conveniently located to London City International Airport. Residents also benefit from being in the heart of everything Canary Wharf has to offer.
Read reviews and details of Apartment Wharf, Canary South, E14
What is build to rent?Some of Canary Wharf’s newest and most exclusive residential buildings are build to rent developments. Build to rent is a booming sector within the property industry. Developers build them solely for renting, not for sales. The developments tend to be purpose-built residences with contemporary styling. Additionally, they often come with a variety of benefits for residents.
Perks and extras included in build to rent offerings can include on-site management teams, cleaning services and communal working and socialising areas. They may also include utility bills and Wi-Fi. Some developments even offer the luxury perks of gyms, spas and 24-hour concierge services.
Build to rent is growing in popularity among renters seeking a different experience from the traditional rental sector. While rental costs may work out as slightly more expensive than the private rental sector, once you factor in the additional benefits of build to rent, it can represent value for money. Flexible rental terms are also available. Some developments are geared towards short-term stays, while others offer more permanent terms of up to five years.
Are you interested in finding out more about life in Canary Wharf? Read our dedicated area guide by clicking the link below. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of Canary Wharf life. There’s also a listing of the great rental developments Canary Wharf has to offer.
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