Canary Wharf was once one of the busiest docks in the world before falling on hard times when they closed in 1980. The area was literally rebuilt as a new hub for London's financial services companies and, after fits and starts, has become a coveted neighborhood.
Properties are mainly apartments and condos in shiny new towers. For a price you can get stunning views of the City skyline and the Thames river. There are some townhomes, Victorian terraced houses, and cottages, though you’ll have to get lucky to find one since they go quickly. A large majority of the population are bankers working in the wharf's offices, as well as young families buying their first homes.
There is a lot to do here, including the London Museum Docklands, a massive cinema, the Crossrail Place roof gardens, a shopping center tons of stores of all kinds, a fish market, gyms, running track, and sailing on the river. Just beyond the neighborhood's borders is Mudchute, a 32 acre (13 hectares) urban farm with more than 100 animals. It is often open to the public and hosts tons of activities throughout the year.
Despite being a relatively small, compact neighborhood there are nearly 100 restaurants here, including a few very pricey places good for celebrating a special event (or end of year bonus). It's also got a good collection of pubs, wine bars, and cocktail bars. Boisdale of Canary Wharf is a local favorite that has over 3,000 whiskeys and a cigar menu.
There are a few schools in the area serving students with special needs as well as several highly ranked traditional schools.
Canary Wharf is well connected by public transit; you can get into the City within 15 minutes.
The City: 3.8 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 15 minutes by transit / 25-30 minutes by bike
Southwark: 4 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Westminster: 6 miles / 25-60 minutes by car / 30-40 minutes by transit
Shoreditch: 4.6 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike