Canary Wharf in London symbolizes a successful urban transformation. From a wasteland of derelict wharves today Canary Wharf is a sub city of gleaming glass and steel offices towering the London’s skyline.
Already it has made its name as most the bustling financial centre edging past the City. With world’s top banks which include Barclays, Citigroup and HSBC Canary Wharf is in constant transition. It is new journey is to be a technology city and hub of higher education.
Business as Usual
From startups to corporate Canary Wharf means stability. Canary Wharf remained a safe bet even in the worst of recession it made attractive to businesses. There is predictability on what will happen in the Banking and Finance sectors—the back bone of Wharf area.
There are many reasons behind the rapid growth of Canary Wharf and its attaining a fantastic character with transportation links, river frontage and shopping malls. In terms of connectivity there can be no faster trip than reaching Bond Street station in West End in 15 minutes without changing any lines.
At the heart of Canary Wharf is One Canada Place, the tallest building in the UK beneath which is a vast complex of shops, cafes and restaurants. This giant shopping mall is very popular with young families.
Canary Wharf is the obvious place for London’s international students where flats arte in plenty to suit all budgets. Many newly built properties are a great hit with foreign residents.
The amazing river frontage offers direct river views giving many a soothing spectacles of craft going up and down.
A slew of restaurants and cafes in and around West India Quay offers the best leisure time. Top names include Browns and La Tasca with their fantastically converted old wooden maritime buildings. Boisdale is the fanciest with its cigar menu and a vast selection of meat specialities.
There is enough greenery in Canary Wharf. The area is also rich in greener areas with some of the good parks to the south. Among the token parks include ‘Sir John McDougal Gardens‘. Even the marshland provides a nice country feel and is surreal to see the looming skyscrapers looming dotting the skyline from a distance.
Canary Wharf is quiet compared to other part of London. May be that too many arterial roads or train lines have not come in barring the existing DLR is making it very quiet. In fact the river also adds to the tranquility.
In bulk of the new build schemes of Canary Wharf there is a secure underground parking. Elsewhere in London, parking is a real struggle and all parking is to be on streets. Even in the shopping mall and parking is free at the weekends if the spend is over £10.
Canary Wharf scores over others with its own International airport! The London City Airport serves 30 destinations with connections to hundred destinations. They include Chambery and Zurich, Barcelona and Florence.
Housing in Canary Wharf
As for rental apartments in Canary Wharf very nice apartments ranging from Studios , 1, 2 and 3 Bed Room Apartments can be found in areas like Canary wharf south and Herron Quays Cross Harbor and Pan Peninsula. The features include good furnishing, furnished balcony, concierge gym, kitchen, swimming pool, cinema room and business lounge.
In terms of short stay options at the Pepper Street and Fraser Place are really good as they are well furnished and contemporary too.