The Isle of Dogs is becoming one of the most sought-after places to live in East London. Combining the prestigious lifestyle that naturally comes with the area, convenient transport connections and breathtaking views of Canary Wharf, it’s one of the city’s hottest postcodes.
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You’ll never be short of things to do in the Isle of Dogs. Head a little south of Canary Wharf, and you’ll be greeted by the Elephant Royale: a Thai restaurant which brings in artefacts from Thailand and serves food that is just as authentic. A taste of India can be had at the curry house Memsaheb on Thames, which is Delia Smith’s favourite Indian restaurant. For a truly unique flavour, visit at the weekend – they create an entirely original menu.
In terms of nightlife, there’s plenty going on that gives the area a dynamic feel. This includes Boisdale, which has a 12-metre long whiskey bar holding over 1,000 bottles of the fine drink. There’s also the Gun – a waterside pub in a Grade II listed building.Whether you want food or a night-time beverage, the Hubbub is the place to be. Housed in a former Victorian chapel, it boasts a fantastic sunny beer garden which is great for the warmer days.
The Hubbub is located in the Space, London’s Performing Arts and Community Centre. Here, people enjoy and take part in theatre, comedy, dance and music events. Budding performers can also learn the ropes in a workshop.
People are not only choosing to live in the Isle of Dogs because of its range of activities. Shopping wise, the Isle of Dogs has everything you’d ever want – from popular high street brands to independent labels.
And, it’s not just fashion. With professionals drawn to Canary Wharf, Waitrose selected One Canada Square to house their largest store in the entire country. Opposite Canary Wharf is the Cabot Place. Here, not only will you find high street names like Zara, but a number of designer boutiques, including Aspinal of London, which handcrafts quality accessories.
Then there’s West Indian Quay and South Quay – both of which have their own small selections of shops for residents to browse. Limehouse is also nearby, offering a more historical shopping experience with its cobbled streets. There are particularly great choices for clothing here, such as the East End Thrift Store and chains such as Wallis and Fat Face.
With so many businesses making the Isle of Dogs the commercially prosperous area it is, you might not expect the area to be so green. But there are spaces which are just this – and lots of them.
Stroll along Millwall Park, for example, taking in the unique beauty of its breathtaking trees and meadows. With play areas for children of all ages, as well as a play centre for those under five, it’s a great choice for young families. The park also holds a Green Flag Award, as does Island Gardens which is opposite the riverside.
Island Gardens may feel familiar – it’s the scene for Canaletto’s painting ‘A View of Greenwich from the River’. Ideal for a day out, the park is filled with tables and benches, making it the perfect picnic setup. There’s also a cafe and kiosk so you certainly won’t go hungry.
There’s also Mudchute Park and Farm to venture to. While you might not expect countryside in East London, The Mudchute Association has created a 32-acre site, which is open to the public and offers incredible views of the city. Plus, it’s free to visit – if you work nearby, why not spend your lunch break exploring it?
In a bid to reduce harmful emissions, the area has a number of specialist cycle routes. The Thames Path National Trail runs along the riverside, and a specific 7.5km Isle of Dogs to Hackney route has also been proposed.
If you want to travel a little further afield, London City Airport is only a few stops away on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Other stops on this line include:
- Canary Wharf
- Heron Quays
- Island Gardens
- South Quay
The Isle of Dogs also has a fantastic bus service. The river bus (RB1) will get you to the likes of North Greenwich, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Blackfriars. There’s also the D3 and D7 routes, which will allow you to explore all the wonders of East London.
As for the tube, just hop on at Canary Wharf, and you’re on the Jubilee Line which is a direct link to some of London’s best areas. You can even go over to the west side, and experience the adventures at Waterloo and Westminster. Canary Wharf will be part of Crossrail too, connecting the area not only to the City of London, the West End and Heathrow, but to the west of England in Reading and east in Abbey Wood.
Did you know…?
The Isle of Dogs name may or may not have anything to do with canines – no one knows! While we can’t confidently say where the location got its name from, one myth is that the King kept his hunting dogs in the area.
Properties in the Isle of Dogs
Boasting a luxury atmosphere and well-connected to the wider city, the Isle of Dogs is the place to be for many – especially as it’s a lot more affordable than other areas in London. Both buyers and renters alike are looking to invest or live in the luxurious sky-high apartments and stunning period properties. The opportunity to capitalise as a landlord or build your life as a resident is now. There’s most definitely the perfect property for you here.