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As the Olympic Games heave into view, London braces itself for an unprecedented influx of visitors all wanting to catch a view of the best of the Capital. One thing that they will not fail to miss as they shuttle between stadiums and attractions is the architectural explosion that has taken place on the River Thames at the site of the disused London Docks. A byword for the decline of an empire nation has re-invented itself as the commercial engine that propels Great Britain into the 21st century and beyond and the centre of all this economic confidence is Canary Wharf with its banks and financial institutions. One Canada square which is the tallest completed building in the country (soon to be eclipsed by the Shard) is what most Londoners mean when they refer to Canary Wharf, yet that address is only one visible aspect of an area that continues to expand and excel.

A whole self-contained neighbourhood has blossomed in response to demand from corporate clients wishing to experience a stylish maritime lifestyle while keeping commute times to an absolute minimum. Shops, restaurants and bars are in abundance and range from popular chains to cutting-edge innovations as a demanding clientele continues to push standards upwards. Rental accommodation in such stunning developments as the Pan Peninsular epitomise the ultimate urban high-rise dream yet the key to the areas success as a viable neighbourhood has been the Jubilee Line extension. Running from the West End through London Bridge and on to the O2 mega-venue, it ensures that Canary Wharf doesn't become just another sterile identikit business block, but rather a living and breathing example of London at its best.

Ground-breaking initiatives in transport always seem to have reached their full expression in Canary Wharf. Initially it was the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) - a driverless overland monorail network that connected the area to that other London financial hub, namely the City. Next came the aforementioned tube extension with its links to the South Bank and Westfield Stratford Retail Park (Britain's largest), but that not the end of it. By late summer, a Barcelona-style cable car is set to connect Greenwich in the south to the ExCel centre in the north, thereby giving the district around Canary Wharf a distinctively modern-retro look that is in keeping with the stylish high-rise living experience that its inhabitants already enjoy.


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