Isle of Dogs Area Guide


Sitting within its own peninsula, the Isle of Dogs is one of London’s most historic and desirable neighbourhoods. Like much of the Docklands area, the Isle of Dogs was a chief shipping port until the 1970s. Regeneration in the 1990s transformed the area from an industrial wasteland into a desirable neighbourhood with a thriving financial district. To find out more about what makes the Isle of Dogs such a great place to live, read our Isle of Dogs area guide below.

  1. Isle of Dogs Properties
  2. Isle of Dogs Transport
  3. Isle of Dogs Schools
  4. Isle of Dogs Employment
  5. Isle of Dogs Leisure
  6. Living in the Isle of Dogs


Isle of Dogs Properties

One of the big draws to this part of London and the Isle of Dogs in particular, is the great selection of properties on offer. The area was of great import during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, meaning there are a lot of period properties of offer. The southern part of the neighbourhood in particular is known for its traditional dockworkers cottages and former industrial warehouses. Many of the industrial units have been turned into luxury apartments, offering superb views out towards the Thames.

Lovers of modern architecture are also well catered for in the Isle of Dogs as much of the district - particularly around Canary Wharf - were developed in the late 20th century. Around these parts you’ll find luxury glass tower apartment blocks, offering superb views and all the conveniences of 21st century living. Prices vary throughout the area with something to suit all budgets. The most desirable and expensive properties tend to be the modern glass towers, while more affordable homes can be found within 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s apartment blocks.


Isle of Dogs Transport

When the Isle of Dogs was regenerated in the 1990s, transport was a key focus for developers. For many years the area was marooned from the rest of London, disconnected by poor road and rail networks. Fortunately, these days are long gone, with the area benefiting from several railway stations in addition to easy access to the A1261. Stations in the area include Island Gardens, Mudchute, Crossharbour and Heron Quays, all of which connect the Isle of Dogs Docklands Light Railway network. In the north of the district, Canary Wharf station also provides access to the Jubilee line, taking you to Stratford in the East and Central and North West London in the westerly direction.

For those who prefer to travel by bus, you are well catered for in the Isle of Dogs. The area is on several bus routes with numerous stops throughout the district. In addition, the area’s waterside location means boat transport is also an option. Locals can pull up outside Masthouse Terrace Pier and take their pick from several ferries, taking you around London.



Isle of Dogs Schools

Another factor that makes the Isle of Dogs a nice place to live for families is the great schooling on offer here. The E14 district is regarded as one of London’s best locations of education provision and the Isle of Dogs continues the trend. All primary schools in the area have received at least a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted meaning parents are provided with plenty of choice. The area is also home to Canary Wharf College which has received an ‘outstanding’ commendation and has two sites at primary level throughout the Isle of Dogs. At the secondary level, the area is served by George Green School and Canary Wharf College (Crossharbour), both of which have been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted. What makes the area even more attractive in terms of educational provision compared to other parts of London is the fact that there isn’t a premium attached to properties within catchment areas for good schools. This means you can secure your child great schooling without additional cost.


Isle of Dogs Employment

You couldn’t write an area guide for the Isle of Dogs without mentioning the great employment opportunities on offer in the area. The Isle of Dogs is home to Canary Wharf – one of London’s chief financial districts. This means there are numerous employers in the area including many household names like Barclays PLC, HSBC and JP Morgan. However, while the area has a reputation for finance, other industries are starting to make inroads into the area, including many tech startups. Office blocks continue to spring up meaning that new employers continue to appear and make the area their own.

As the Isle of Dogs is served by a good transport network, the neighbourhood is within easy reach of many other major employment zones in London, including the city. From Canary Wharf station, Liverpool Street can be reached in just 30 minutes. However, once Crossrail services are introduced, those travelling from the area will be able to reach the city of London is just six minutes, meaning the opportunities are endless.


Isle of Dogs Leisure

Though the Isle of Dogs isn’t a major tourist destination, the area is home to some great attractions. One of the best known attractions in the area is the Museum of London Docklands which explores the history of the docklands, including its links to slavery.  For something a bit more lighthearted, the local Everyman Cinema is a popular spot for evening entertainment. Outdoors types and nature lovers are also well catered for here as the Isle of Dogs is home to numerous parks and green spaces.
The most loved nature site is Mudchute Park and Farm, which has over 32 acres of countryside for locals to explore. There are also many garden squares and local parks too.

For shopping, the Isle of Dogs has a great selection of retailers, including major brands and independent shops. The best area for a bit of shopping action is the Canary Wharf shopping centre and Canada Place, while many neighbourhoods boast their own local shops. There are also many restaurants and bars dotted around the area. Canary Wharf in particular has some top establishments, with big names such as Roka and The Ivy. What’s more, many of these restaurants are located within glass towers, offering beautiful views towards the Thames.


Living in the Isle of Dogs

In conclusion, the Isle of Dogs is a fantastic place to live with great access to schools, jobs, transport, and leisure facilities. It’s therefore unsurprising that the area was voted the ‘best place to live in London’ by the Sunday Times in 2019.

Proper Local is a local estate agent in the Isle of Dogs. We specialise in properties within the E14 district – areas including the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse and Blackwall. If you are interested in buying or renting in the Isle of Dogs, or you have a property in the area to sell or let, get in touch. We are one of the highest rated letting agents in E14, with a diverse property portfolio for both renters and buyers. Contact us to discuss your requirements, or browse our popular pages below:

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