Spotlight on Canary Wharf

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Spotlight on Canary Wharf
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Are you looking to move? If so, then Canary Wharf is a great shout. Despite its financial business reputation, Canary Wharf has become a great place to eat and shop. We speak to Ivan Fiaccabrino, Lettings Manager at estate agents JOHNS&CO’s Canary Wharf branch to understand why the area deserves your attention.

Everything you need to know about Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf is one of the fastest evolving neighbourhoods in London. Known by most as a cold and grey office district, the reality is far from it. Especially since the pandemic, Canary Wharf is becoming one of the most desired residential areas, by young students and professionals, with some of the best new homes in the whole of London. With tens of new bars, shops and restaurants opened in the past couple of years, it is also becoming the new hot spot for a drink after work or dinner with friends.

What advice would you give to someone looking to buy an apartment in the area?

Know what type of property you’re after and set realistic expectations within your budget. The most recent and prestigious buildings can reach price points on par with Central London postcodes, while some of the older buildings can offer good value.

What properties are on offer?

Close to Canary Wharf, you’ll mostly find apartment blocks ranging from studio flats to 3 bedroom apartments in the vast majority of cases. If a house is what you’re after, Isle of Dogs might have what you’re looking for.

Who’s buying these properties?

Historically the area has attracted international investors, more recently there’s been an uptick of young professionals buying their first home. On the renters side, predominantly young professionals and international students.

What are the transport links like in this area?

Canary Wharf is one of the best-connected stations in London, you can travel pretty much anywhere around London within zone 2 in 40mins. The Elizabeth Line has been the real game changer since opening, with a door-to-door commute to Heathrow Airport in just 49 mins! Lines available are DLR, Jubilee, Elizabeth Line; for a fancier commute, you can jump on one of the Uber boats. 85.7% of homes are within a 200-metre walk of a bus, train, or tube.

What are the best places to eat in the area?

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If you’re after fine-dining then you need to visit Bōkan. Perched high in the sky on the 37th floor of Novotel London Canary Wharf, Bokan’s impressive rooftop terrace situated on the 39th floor will win you and your guest over with ease. Why not enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sunset over the Capital’s skyline? If you aren’t that keen on drinks then I can ensure you that, Executive Chef Robert Manea’s mind-blowing presentation of dishes will win you over. The service in this restaurant is top-tier and staff are both attentive and welcoming.

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Looking for a classy spot for a dinner date? Why not give Six By Nico a try. A chic and sophisticated setting makes it the perfect choice to impress your date with ease. With a six course tasting menu that changes every 6 weeks, each one themed upon a different place, memory or idea. The Once Upon a Time: Chapter 2 menu is fab. To begin, you can start with snacks or an aperitif. After that, prepare yourself for a wonderful six course tasting menu which you can pair with matching wines. However, if wine isn’t your thing, then be sure to check out the cocktail list. Each course is beautifully presented and the food tastes as good as it looks. The service at this restaurant is wonderful, they are attentive and informative about each course. This is a captivating dining experience to try – what are you waiting for?

Are there any new developments?

Next completions in the area are going to be Aspen, Harcourt Gardens, 8 Harbord Square and One Thames Quay.

Where can I practice wellness in Canary Wharf?

Third Space: Hatha Yoga

I’m pretty sure at some point or another that we’ve all tried a yoga class. However, have you tried Hatha Yoga? If not, the team at City Matters highly recommend it. This class which took place at the luxurious Third Space Gym in Canary Wharf is the perfect place to practice mental clarity, emotional balance, and spiritual growth.

This class has a strong focus on breath control, mindful movement, and the alignment of body and mind, practitioners are guided towards a state of harmony and vitality. This is a great class to escape the stresses of everyday life and have some time to really focus on yourself. Whether you’re looking to do this during your lunch break or after work you really can’t wrong. It’s a thumbs up from the team at City Matters.

Third Space: Hydralift Facial

If you’re looking to elevate your skincare to new heights then be sure to check out the Hydralift Facial at Third Space Spa. The Third Space Spa is not only luxurious but also a fantastic way to spend a Friday afternoon. On arrival, I was greeted by the wonderful team at Third Space, who are friendly, bubbly and very knowledgeable about the techniques used during the procedure.

The Hydralift Facial uses a blend of advanced hydration techniques and targeted lifting mechanisms, this facial seeks to rejuvenate, firm, and sculpt the skin, leaving behind a radiant, youthful glow. The treatment rooms are spacious and luxurious – the perfect place to enjoy a facial in harmony. Despite there being so many great facials on the market at present, if you’re looking for one that gives you an instant glow and where you can see a difference in one session from the ‘lift’ then this is one to try.

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