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Canning Town is a vibrant area of east London, just north of the River Lea and the Docklands. It’s within 20-30 minutes’ tube journey of financial hubs Canary Wharf and the City of London and other key areas of central London, so it’s a popular place for many businesses to base themselves. Canning Town is also just a short journey from London’s ExCel exhibition space and London City Airport, making it the ideal location for companies that regularly attend events or welcome clients from across the world.
The area didn’t have the most glamorous start, as it was the site of hastily built houses for the influx of dock workers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Disease and poverty were rife until the 1930s when the council began clearing the slums, though the area was struck by heavy bombing during the war. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, social housing was built, and tower blocks sprung up across Canning Town.
Canning Town has been undergoing a huge regeneration project over the last decade, estimated to cost more than £3.7 billion. Since 2012, new commercial and residential buildings have sprung up, and the area is still being transformed to this day. The new projects mean that Canning Town is now one of east London’s most commercially exciting areas.
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Canning Town has one underground stationYou’ll find it on the banks of the River Lea, just off the busy A13. It’s on the Jubilee line – you can travel north out to Stratford or make your way to Canary Wharf, the south bank and London’s West End.
You can catch Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services from Canning TownCanning Town’s DLR services can be caught from Canning Town station. The DLR primarily runs through the docklands area, but you can travel as far south as Lewisham, north to Stratford or west to the City. You can use the DLR to reach London City Airport, so it’s convenient for frequent flyers.
Canning Town has one major road The A13, or Newham Way, is Canning Town’s busiest road. It runs east all the way to Whitechapel and continues out into Essex towns like Dagenham and Barking. Canning Town is largely residential, so it’s easier to drive through than more commercial or central areas. Still, many of its residents favour other ways to get around, like public transport.
There are regular bus services across Canning TownTen daytime services and three night bus routes pass through Canning Town. Many of them stop at Canning Town’s bus station on Silvertown Way. It’s just outside Canning Town’s station, making it easy to catch connecting underground and DLR services.
Four airports are within an hour of Canning TownLondon City Airport is just 15 minutes’ bus or DLR journey from Canning Town. It’s primarily used by domestic and short haul travellers. If you’re travelling further afield, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are within an hour’s drive, while Stansted Airport is just 30 minutes’ drive from Canning Town.
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Banks and Post Offices in or near Canning TownThe closest bank, a Halifax, is in nearby Plaistow, at the north east end of Barking Road. It’s about a 20 minute walk, or five minute drive, from Canning Town’s high street.
Canning Town’s post office is located at the bottom of Barking Road.
Canning Town has plenty of places to buy groceriesThere’s a large Morrisons store next to the ibis hotel, which is where you’ll find the best choice of groceries. You’ll also find a Co-Op Food and an Iceland on Barking Road, as well as a number of small and large independent grocery shops.
Most of Canning Town’s shops can be found around the arterial A13 and the bustling Barking Road. High street brands like Savers, Wickes and Superdrug sit alongside independent stores, and you can pick up fresh meat at the butchers, a brand new outfit at a boutique or even new tiles as you wander along. If you want more choice, Stratford (15 minutes’ drive north) is home to a large Westfield shopping centre, where you’ll be spoilt for choice with high street and designer shops and delicious eateries.
Before the 19th century, Canning Town was mostly marshland and could only be accessed by boat or a small toll bridge.
The area gets its name from Charles John Canning, the first Viceroy of India. Before his time, it was called Hallsville.
Canning Town’s population is diverse, as the 1920s welcomed different nationalities looking for work on the Royal Docks.
Danny Dyer, one of east London’s most authentic exports, was born in the Custom House area of Canning Town.
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