London Area Guides
Canary Wharf Area Guide
Our area guide to Canary Wharf gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include E14
From being an industrial wasteland this area is now transformed. There is a major new commercial centre as well as new residential apartments, houses and marinas.
Property Types & Architecture
Located in the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs lies Canary Wharf, a major financial district and home to a large collection of London's skyscrapers. Much of the development started in the late 1980's once the busy port closed in 1980, with contemporary cutting-edge architectural residential developments built to nestle in between the area's commercial buildings.
Shopping & Entertainment
Although quieter at weekends, there’s always life in one of world’s leading business and financial centres, including many upmarket restaurants, bars, hotels and cosmopolitan shopping centres including Westfield Stratford, Europe's largest urban shopping centre. For those with an interest in history the Museum of London Docklands and the Cutty Sark are close by and for those who not only like to live by the water but also like to play in it nearby Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre offers a whole host of activities. For the foodies, each trading day at nearby Billingsgate Market offers buyers an opportunity to see the largest selection of fish in the United Kingdom.
Parks & Commons
Docklands is not renowned for its green spaces, but there are several parks with play areas for children and plenty of green spaces a short distance away. For that ''let's get out of the city'' feeling without the long drive, take the DLR to Mudchute Park, run by a charitable organisation with over 32 acres of countryside and a 'city farm' with many animals and a large range of activities for all ages. Visit Greenwich Park, one of the 8 Royal Parks, boasting 180 acres of space filled with activities to suit everyone. Also nearby is Victoria Park, one of London's oldest and most historic park, visited by millions of visitors each year to enjoy the sports, play and relaxation offered. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in nearby Stratford is also a great place to run off some steam.
Who lives here?
With 4 DLR stations and a tube station on the Jubilee line (designed by renowned architect Norman Foster) the area is well connected to the rest of London and is an attractive place to live for City workers who want a very quick commute home after a long day in the office, as well as good access to the West End for socialising.
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Schools in Canary Wharf & Exam Results
Schools in Canary Wharf fall under the Tower Hamlets Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Canary Wharf by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 1 councils covering the Canary Wharf area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Canary Wharf Local Authorities
Canary Wharf is represented by Tower Hamlets Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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