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10 facts you probably didn’t know about Canary Wharf

Located in East London’s Docklands, Canary Wharf is the one of the UK’s most famous business districts, home to HSBC, J.P. Morgan and KPMG (as well as our very own Kingsley Hamilton Estates!) But there’s much more to Canary Wharf than banks and skyscrapers.

We’ve put together a list of 10 interesting Canary Wharf facts:


  • Some say Canary Wharf lacks soul in comparison to other parts of London. But actually, when you spend time there, you’ll find that Canary Wharf is not a concrete jungle – there are plenty of green spaces to relax and unwind, including the Crossrail Place roof garden.


  • In the warmer months, the Canary Wharf summer screens and stage are erected, meaning you can watch Wimbledon, athletics, movies, and even live concerts in the evenings.


  • In 1802, the area was home to the world’s busiest shipping port, the West India Docks. Thousands of ships still pass through the docks, including the odd cruise ship!


  • What’s in the name? Well, the whole Docklands area has a rich cultural heritage, and was once at the heart of the British Empire. Canary Wharf is so called because it was used to handle fruit imported from the Canary Islands. West India Quay and Canada Square got their names from the same principle.


  • Canary Wharf is located north of another interestingly named part of London – the Isle of Dogs. It’s where Henry VIII kept his hunting dogs, which he used to walk in nearby Greenwich, across the river.


  • The average salary in Canary Wharf is £100,000.


  • One Canada Square, once London’s tallest building until the Shard was completed in 2012, could fit lying down in Canary Wharf’s huge tube station, which has a total of 20 escalators.


  • Canary Wharf has 14 million sq. ft. of retail and office space, and is home to the biggest Waitrose in the country.


  • There are over 100 art events in Canary Wharf every year, and the area has one of the UK’s largest collections of pubic art.


  • And lastly, one for the Pokémon Go fans. If you’re in the area head to the DLR station or Montgomery Square, which our reliable sources tell us are Pokémon gyms.


Got a fun fact about Canary Wharf that we’ve missed? We’d love to hear it! Tweet us @KHEstates.

If you’re thinking about buying, selling or renting in Canary Wharf, speak to the Kingsley Hamilton Estates team today on 020 7078 0214, or email us at, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Information gathered from Canary Wharf Group, The Independent, Londontopia, Transport for London, and Crossrail.