Docklands Area Guide
Docklands Area Guide
Since its regeneration in the 1980s, Docklands has become one of London’s most desirable areas to both live and work. Solid transport links, good amenities, Thameside views and a sense of history all add up to make the Docklands a fantastic place to live. To find out more about the Docklands and what the neighbourhood has to offer, read our Docklands area guide below.
The Docklands has a rich history and this is reflected in the range of properties in the area. The neighbourhood has something to offer everyone, whether your preference is for fine period properties or modern glass towers. Owing to the area’s history as one of London’s chief ports, the Docklands has a large number of sympathetically restored warehouse conversions, offering lofty proportions with great features. For something a bit more refined, the area also has a good number of Georgian and Victorian domestic properties, once owned by London’s merchants. Lovers of modern architecture are equally well catered for with the high number of luxury glass tower apartment blocks, offering superb views and all the conveniences of 21st century living. For those on a smaller budget, the area also has pockets of more affordable housing in mid-century apartment blocks.
In 2021, the average property in the Docklands is approximately £475,000 – below the London average of £620,000. However, it’s important to remember that prices vary widely depending on the particular district and type of property. The Docklands is home to some highly desirable areas with higher price tags, along with more affordable neighbourhoods like Poplar.
When the Docklands area was regenerated in the 1980s, planners made transport connections a focus for development. The local transport system is one of the Dockland’s best assets. The area was designed with the 21st century in mind, so there is an efficient road network, making both bus and private car travel seamless with easy access to the A13. The area is also covered by its own railway line – the Docklands Light Railway - which skirts round the area with several stations on its route.
Overground transport to Essex is provided by the c2c railway, which stops at Limehouse, while Canary Wharf provides access to the tube network with a stop on the Jubilee line. If you’d prefer to travel in a more scenic fashion then you’ll be pleased to know that the Docklands has a regular boat service, provided by Uber Boat. And of course, one cannot forget that once open, Crossrail and the Elizabeth Line will connect the area.
Another chief asset for the Docklands area is the good range of schooling in the area. London is largely regarded as one of the UK’s best locations for education and the Docklands is no different. At the primary level, the area is covered by a wide number of schools, including many ‘Good’ Ofsted-rated establishments such as Seven Mills Primary School and St Edmund's Catholic School. At the secondary level, Canary Wharf College is a highly regarded institution, while additional 16-18 education is provided by George Green's School. What makes the Docklands even more attractive in terms of schooling is the fact that there isn’t generally a premium attached to properties within close proximity of good schools, meaning you can secure your child a quality education without additional cost.
Unfortunately, the Docklands glory days as one of the busiest ports in the world is a story of the past. However, regeneration made sure that the area would continue to have a solid local employment base in the 21st century. As the UK has shifted to a service-based economy, the Docklands has followed suit. The area is home to one of London’s most lucrative job markets at Canary Wharf. There are numerous financial employers present in the local area, including Barclays PLC and HSBC. However, there are also a growing number of creative businesses and tech startups joining the local economy too.
As we said, the Docklands also has excellent transport connections meaning central London and the job opportunities it offers are within easy reach. The eastern access to parts of the city will become even easier when the much-anticipated Crossrail line opens in coming years.
The Docklands is largely regarded as one of London’s hidden gems as the area boasts a huge range of attractions with none of the crowds associated with central London. History and culture enthusiasts are well catered for in the area with the Museum of London Docklands which tells the story of the neighbourhood’s trading past. The Everyman in Canary Wharf is also a popular spot to soak up some evening culture. For something a bit more adrenaline fuelled, the area is also home to Wakeup Docklands - London’s Inner City water sports park, offering wakeboarding & paddle boarding lessons. If you’d prefer something leisurely, then Mudchute Park and Farm, Bow Creek Ecology Park and East India Dock Basin Nature Reserve are all popular walking spots.
Living in London Docklands
To sum up, the Docklands is a fantastic place to live with an interesting history, excellent transport links, stunning properties and great leisure facilities.
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