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bird in Canary Wharf

Some of you might have noticed that there's precious little bird poop in Canary Wharf, and we're going to explain why.

This is Lemmy (the little chap on the right) and he is a Harris Hawk. If you work in Canary Wharf you might have seen him around, either up in the skies, or exactly as you see him now, on Paul's arm (he's the chap on the left).

Lemmy's job is to keep the birds away. Have a think, when was the last time you saw a pigeon in Canary Wharf?

Isle of Dogs at night

 

Let’s be frank, the Isle of Dogs doesn’t have a ‘centre’ as such, and it certainly doesn’t have a High Street, so with no obvious place start a day or night out on the Isle of Dogs we’re going to have point you in the right direction. 

Getting around the Isle of Dogs

DLR: The Isle of Dogs is well served by the Docklands Light Railway, which runs through the middle of the Island from South Quay at the top, then down through Crossharbour, Mudchute, and Island Gardens. Going on from South Quay is Canary Wharf, Bank and Tower Gateway, plus connections to Stratford and the rest of the DLR network. Island Gardens leads to Lewisham, via Greenwich. DLR trains run every 3-4 minutes at peak times.

Isle Of Dogs

  

Right now, the majority of residential development is happening to the north of the Island where Canary Wharf meets South Quay.

Already underway is the Canary Wharf Group’s redevelopment of Wood Wharf, completing in 2023, Berkeley’s South Quay Plaza (2020), Galliard’s Maine Tower at Harbour Central (2019/2020), Ballymore’s The Wardian (2019), LBS’ The Madison (2019), Mount Anvil’s Dollar Bay (2017) and Galliard’s Baltimore Tower (2017).

But that’s not all.

Isle of dogs

 

The urbanisation of the Isle of Dogs took place in the 19th century after the construction of the docks. The island was connected to the rest of London by the London & Blackwall Railway, and in 1902 the ferry to Greenwich was replaced by a foot tunnel, and Island Gardens park was opened.

There are many different styles of property on the Isle of Dogs, somewhat at odds with Canary Wharf where residential apartment blocks are dominant. In recent years the area has witnessed its own insurgence of residential apartment blocks, including Baltimore Wharf and Baltimore Tower, whilst Bellway’s Turnberry Quay is mid-build and Telford’s Liberty Building is currently at groundworks stage.

Aside from recent developments, the Isle of Dogs is also home to some older mainly apartment-led developments such as Millennium Wharf (Millennium Drive), St David’s Square and Pier Head Lock, to name but a few.

However, it’s the diversity of property styles on the Isle of Dogs which makes it interesting. There are a few remaining Victorian terraces, such as those on East Ferry Road, which is also home to a number of former Dockers’ cottages, and more of these cottages can also be found dotted around the Island. The Isle of Dogs was once awash with warehouses, but sadly there are very few warehouse conversions, Cubitt Wharf & and Burrells Wharf are notable exceptions.

Finally, a word for the river Thames. As the river encompasses the Isle of Dogs, the area is home to a large number of apartments and houses with river views. The Thames is tidal and as such rises and falls by 5-7 metres each tide, a spectacle in its own right, but what it means for residents’ with a river-view property is a constantly changing land, or indeed, waterscape.

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