All you need to know about Canary Wharf

Located on the Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf is London’s secondary central business district, and along with the City is one of the world’s major financial centres. Once one of the busiest docks in the world, today the district is a corporate haven, and is home to many tall office and business buildings, such as One Canada Square. Collectively, Canary Wharf contains over 16,000,000 square feet of office and retail space.

Transportation

Canary Wharf is well serviced by a range of public transport options. The Docklands Light Railway operates throughout the district and links with Bank and Stratford, whereas the underground Jubilee line calls at Canary Wharf station, providing links with the rest of London. There is also a good selection of buses that link the district with commuting hubs such as Liverpool Street, as well as several riverboats that call at Canary Wharf Pier. For those who prefer to make their own way, there are several bicycle routes available for use, including the Cycle Superhighway 3 – a commuter cycle route from Barking.

Leisure Venues

Although a predominantly corporate area, Canary Wharf does offer a range of leisure facilities for residents, commuters and guests of SilverDoor Apartments to enjoy. Two multiplex cinemas, the Everyman Canary Wharf and the Cineworld West India Quay, provide the opportunity to unwind at the end of a long day, and although you won’t need to look for eateries when staying in your Canary Wharf serviced apartment with furnished kitchen, there are a number of restaurants nearby should you choose to eat out. For those who enjoy taking to the water, two marinas, Poplar Dock and West India Quay, offer the chance to hire boats and corporate experiences on the Thames.

Attractions

Amongst its skyscrapers and impressive office buildings, Canary Wharf is blessed with many beautiful parks, gardens and public spaces. Canada Park Square features a meticulously maintained grassed area lined with trees, and in the summer has large screens broadcasting Wimbledon matches. The charming Westferry Circus roundabout is a walled garden with impressive plant life and, surprisingly, once inside you can hardly hear the traffic. There are also various piece of public art scattered across the district, including pieces by renowned artists such as Andrew Burton, Robert Worley and Ron Arad, meaning you’re never far away from some amazing sights. History lovers can also enjoy the Museum of London Docklands, which tells the tale of the area’s transformation from industrial dock to business centre.

Corporations

Canary Wharf draws in over 100,000 workers thanks to its impressive portfolio of major corporations. With many banks and professional services firms choosing to have their European Headquarters in the district, it’s understandable why it forms such an impressive financial powerhouse. Barclays, Citigroup, EY, HSBC and JP Morgan, to name just a few, all have offices in Canary Wharf.