12 July 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Canary Wharf - London

Commercial properties to rent in Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf is one of London’s financial and business hubs, located on the northern edge of the Isle of Dogs in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets. It’s currently home to leading names in the international financial services, legal and business sectors. The UK’s second tallest building, One Canada Square, can be found in Canary Wharf, only beaten by The Shard.

The West India Dock Company operated one of the busiest docks in the world in what’s now known as Canary Wharf. Its central London position allowed goods to travel through the city and on to the rest of the country. The area remained in operation until the 1980s.

After the docks closed in 1980, the Isle of Dogs was granted Urban Enterprise Zone status. This started a period of renovation and redevelopment, which has resulted in it becoming the well-populated business district it is today. Now, Canary Wharf is a key central London location, with its popular marinas, shopping centres, huge variety of restaurants and seasonal ice rink.

Property statistics

  • Commercial properties in Canary Wharf: 800
  • Total available: 140
  • Largest available unit: 357,895 sq ft
  • Tallest commercial building: 51 floors



UndergroundThe London Underground Jubilee line serves Canary Wharf station. You can travel east to North Greenwich, Canning Town and West Ham, or west to the West End and key transport interchange sites like London Bridge, Waterloo and Baker Street. From these stations, you’ll be able to access National Rail services to take you across the country, as the services from Canary Wharf only offer direct connections to London and Berkshire stations.

OvergroundThe Docklands Light Railway serves several stations in the Canary Wharf area, including Canary Wharf, Heron Quays and South Quay stations. From Canary Wharf, you can travel northbound to Bank in the City district or southbound as far as Lewisham.

WaterThere are lots of Riverboat services in the area that call at Canary Wharf pier. These are the RB1 to North Greenwich eastbound or Tower, London Bridge, Westminster, Blackfriars and Embankment westbound. The RB1X services the same locations plus a limited service to Battersea Power Station, the RB4 crosses the Thames to Nelson Dock, and the RB6 travels towards Putney. Oyster cards can be used on TfL-run riverboat services.

BusLots of London Buses stop near Canary Wharf, including the 135, 277, D3, D7, D8, N277, N550, making it an easy place to travel to and from via bus.

AirLondon City Airport is just three miles from Canary Wharf. It can be reached by road, including on the Lower Lea Crossing (A1020), which is the quickest route at around 12 minutes. However, in peak periods it may take much longer, so it may be easier to access the airport via the Docklands Light Railway. Those looking to travel further afield can travel by train to Heathrow Airport from Paddington station, and Gatwick from London Victoria.

Offices to rent in Canary Wharf

Retail units to rent in Canary Wharf

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There are 15 gyms within one mile of the Canary Wharf area

  • David Lloyd
  • PureGym
  • Virgin Active
  • Reebok CrossFit
  • Nuffield Health

Banks and Post Offices

  • There are five banks in the Canary Wharf area, including Halifax, Lloyds, Santander and NatWest.
  • There are two post offices in the area, in Canada Square and Churchill Place.

Supermarkets and shopping centres

  • Tesco (seven express stores)
  • Asda (one large superstore)
  • Waitrose (one large store)
  • M&S Simply Food (one store)

Canary Wharf is home to more than 120 stores across five shopping malls, including Canada Place, Churchill Place Shopping Mall and Jubilee Place.

The Canada Place shopping centre is located at 1 Canada Square in the ground and lower ground levels, beneath more than 48 floors of office space. Its central location and range of stores make it a popular destination for workers in the area looking for a spot of lunchtime shopping.

There are also plenty of high-end high street stores dotted across the area, including Reiss, The Kooples, Levi’s and TM Lewin, as well as affordable stores like Warehouse and Accessorize.

Retail properties to let in Canary Wharf 

Agents with the most listings in the area


Instant Offices - 22

Cherryman - 18

CBRE – 11

Knight Frank – 10

Cushman & Wakefield – 8

Fraser Bond – 8


Offices on Realla that are unique


30 Churchill Place

Skyline Village

Indescon Square

The Forge

The Office Quay

Meet the neighbours – important Canary Wharf businesses


  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Citibank UK
  • Clifford Chance
  • Barclays
  • Thomson Reuters
  • HSBC
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Moody’s

Large offices and co-working spaces in Canary Wharf


Export Building

25 North Colonnade

One Canada Square

40 Bank Street

20 Water Street

Serviced offices to let in Canary Wharf

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Did you know?

  • Canada Square is named after its developers’ Canadian heritage.
  • The square is home to one of the largest ice rinks in Central London in the winter and becomes a popular destination for tourists in the capital.
  • The Docklands Light Railway was first constructed in Canary Wharf to take advantage of disused railway lines, before expanding across other areas of East London.
  • Canary Wharf is home to the most popular ‘gyms’ in augmented reality game Pokémon Go, meaning it’s home to some of the rarest and most sought after Pokémon in the whole game.
  • More than 100 art events take place across Canary Wharf every year, with exhibitions from artists and designers on public display across the area.
  • The docks’ water is regularly cleaned, making it a great place to find lots of aquatic birds like Kingfisher and Grey Heron. Occasionally, seals can even be spotted in the North Dock area.
  • The name ‘Canary Wharf’ comes from the area’s status as a key trading port with the Canary Islands. ‘Canis’, which is Latin for dogs, ties in with the wider area’s name of Isle of Dogs, which is thought to have also contributed to the name.
  • Canary Wharf Tube Station is big enough for One Canada Square, the area’s largest building at a massive 235m tall, to lie down in it.
  • There are 120 shops, restaurants and bars across Canary Wharf.
  • Visiting the Museum of Docklands will show you the region’s history, from its time as the city’s ‘Legal Quays’, to its time as the country’s busiest dock right through to its decline and rebirth as a world-famous business

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