A once underdeveloped Docklands neighbourhood is on the rise, thanks to a regeneration scheme from the same planner who rejuvenated King's Cross. Canada Water is just one stop from Canary Wharf, but it's gaining a reputation in its own right.
Thousands of new homes, a brand new high street and green spaces will make up the crux of Canada Water, turning it into a waterside hotspot in the capital. Exciting times await if you're thinking of moving to Canada Water.
In our latest London guide, we're exploring what it's like to live in this Docklands neighbourhood. From local rental prices to the best restaurants and shops, discover everything you need to know about the SE16 postcode of Canada Water.
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Canada Water history
Canada Water takes its name after a freshwater lake and wildlife refuge. The lake itself is named after the former Canada Dock, with Canada Water the surviving northern third of the lake. It was primarily used by ships coming from Canada.
In the 1980s, the Docklands oversaw significant redevelopment. Canada Dock was the focus of regeneration, with plenty of low-rise housing and a shopping centre and leisure park more akin to those found in towns outside of London.
However, other Docklands areas like Canary Wharf and the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Greenwich were modernised, leaving Canada Water looking dated. Today, it's going through a phase of rapid redevelopment.
Who lives there?
Canada Water has a population of around 5,000 and a median age of 33. Sixty-seven percent of residents in the area rent their home, and there is a growing number of young professionals choosing Canada Water because of its travel connections to Canary Wharf.
Renting in Canada Water
Canada Water's current regeneration means there are a variety of houses in the area. Marine Wharf in Surrey Quays is a modern development that's proving popular with residents, while Build-to-Rent is also set to have an increased presence in the area in the coming years.
Expect to pay around £1,200 for a one-bedroom apartment in Surrey Quays and £1,400 for a new-build property. Two-bedroom properties rent in the region of £1,600 to £1,800, and three-bed-and-up homes go on the market for around £2,100.
Canada Water travel
Canada Water is particularly well connected for a south-east London neighbourhood. The local tube station is on the Jubilee Line and offers a direct service to Canary Wharf in just one stop. it also goes to Bond Street in the West End and London Bridge. Canada Water is located in Zone 2.
Canada Water eateries
The Yellow House
Head to the Yellow House and tuck into a menu that has a range of pasta, bread and cakes. All the ingredients are created on-site at the restaurant using seasonal produce. It was given a Diners' Choice award with Open Table in 2020.
Canada Water Cafe
An Italian-inspired spot, Canada Water Cafe is a popular hub with the local community. It serves up a range of dishes, from a full English breakfast to tasty pizzas. Or you can choose one of the "pies of the week".
If you're looking for a local watering hole, The Mayflower might just be the place for you. The historic pub is nearby where the Pilgrim Fathers sailed for America in 1620. Stop by for tasty pub grub and a range of ales.
Things to do in Canada Water
Canada Water Studios
Hit the Canada Water Studios and partake in a range of fitness activities. Join a dance class and find your rhythm or head to one of the workout spaces to pump some iron.
Tower of London
You will find the Tower of London just two miles from Canada Water. It's one of London's most iconic landmarks and is a tourist hotspot with more than two million visitors per year. See the Crown Jewels and learn about London's history at the tower.
Canary Wharf Shopping Centre
With Canary Wharf just a stone's throw away, you can take advantage of the area's popular shopping centre. Browse boutique stores, buy designer garments and visit the Everyman Cinema to see one of the latest flicks.
Moving to Canada Water
Convenient travel links, modern new builds and a soon-to-be brand-new town centre make Canada Water an appealing option for many. If you're looking for waterside settings with excellent travel connections, it might just be time for you to move to Canada Water.