GUIDE TO HOUSES IN ISLE OF DOGS
The Isle of Dogs sits just south of Canary Wharf and is often referred to by locals as “the island”. The peninsula is bounded by the Thames to the east, west and south and is home to a diverse range of residential communities and green spaces. The peninsula is one of the most distinctive features of the River Thames as the river loops around the peninsula sharply and is easily identifiable from the air.
Unlike its more modern neighbour to the north, housing on the Isle of Dogs has historically offered cheaper accommodation than Canary Wharf. There has been a recent focus by developers on the island, with several modern schemes emerging on the banks of the Thames. The high concentration of schools on the Isle of Dogs continues to draw in families in high numbers.
Canary Wharf itself is either a short walk, bus ride, or DLR trip away. The Isle of Dogs is split into two distinct haves: the western side of the island is characterised by modern developments, while the eastern half overlooks North Greenwich and is home to parks and an Asda Superstore.
The centre of the island is defined by a number of canals and channels, dating back to the area’s history as a key port for London.
HOUSING ON THE ISLE OF DOGS
Unlike Canary Wharf, there are a small number of houses on the Isle of Dogs, particularly towards the south and centre of the island, around Millwall Outer Dock. These range from pre-war houses to homes built in the mid-20th century. The vast majority of housing stock is however concentrated in apartment blocks, which for the most part are relatively low rise and generally under six storeys high.
The exception to this is the area closest to the Canary Wharf Estate and around Westferry Circus, which is home to 20 plus storey buildings. In fact, prior to the announcement of Spire London, Landmark Pinnacle, at 233 metres, was set to become London’s tallest residential building. The development sits at Westferry Circus and is expected to become a key signature tower in the area, alongside Pan Peninsula, Landmark Tower and Anchorage Wharf.
Most of these new modern developments come equipped with all the latest mod-cons and facilities; however, there are a number of older developments completed in the 1990’s that offer more affordable housing, although with less perks. In many ways, some of the developments on the Isle of Dogs resemble gated condominium schemes in the US or Middle East as most offer onsite parking, with facilities such as gyms, pools and day-care centres.
MY ISLE OF DOGS
The Isle of Dogs is a fusion of both the old and the new, with period housing estates sitting alongside ultra-modern skyscraper developments. Nestled in between are large open green spaces such as Millwall Park, Sir John McDougall Gardens, Island Gardens and Mudchute Park, which is also home to London’s first and only urban farm, Mudchute Farm.
One of the other features of the southern tip of the island is the underground pedestrian tunnel to Greenwich, the Greenwich foot tunnel, which opened in 1902. It emerges by the Cutty Sark and offers residents of the island easy access to all the attractions of Central Greenwich.
The island itself has no designated high street due to its close proximity to Canary Wharf, however there are a growing number of restaurants, bars and cafés in many of the new developments and these predominantly consist of one off retail outlets that range from quirky all day dining restaurants such as The Fire Station on Westferry Road, to Elephant Royale in St. David’s Square, which offers award winning Thai cuisine. The large and centrally located Asda superstore in the centre of the island is within walking distance for most of the Isle of Dogs’ residents.
When it comes to night life, Canary Wharf is home to a number of bars and pubs, but the island hosts a number of traditional pubs along Westferry and Eastferry Roads, while The Attic Bar at the top of Pan Peninsula offers spectacular views across East London.
PROPERTY MARKET TRENDS
|Flats||Sale £,000||Rent £pw|
|1 bed riverside||430,000||400|
|1 bed not riverside||350,000||375|
|2 bed riverside||605,000||510|
|2 bed not riverside||480,000||480|
- Tube: The Isle of Dogs is served by three DLR stations – Island Gardens, Mudchute and Crossharbour
- Bus: Routes 277, 135, D6, D7, D3, D8 and night bus N550
- Road: Manchester Road, Eastferry Road, Westferry Road
- Airport: DLR connections to London City Airport
|Cubitt Town Infants' School||Manchester Road, E14 3NE||+44 (0) 20 7987 3373||Good|
|St Luke's Church of England Primary School||Saunders Ness Road, E14 3EB||+44 (0) 20 7987 1753||Good|
|Canary Wharf College||197 East Ferry Road, E14 3BA||+44 (0) 20 7515 2328||N/A - Private school|
|Harbinger Primary School||Cahir Street, E14 3QP||+44 (0) 20 7987 1924||Requires improvement|
|St Edmund's Catholic School||299 Westferry Road, E14 3RS||+44 (0) 20 7987 2546||Good|
|Arnhem Wharf Primary School||1 Arnhem Place, E14 3RP||+44 (0) 20 7515 4310||Good|
|George Green's School||100 Manchester Road, E14 3DW||+44 (0) 20 7987 6032||Good|
PARKS AND RECREATION
The Isle of Dogs is home to a number of parks, with the most notable being Island Gardens to the south and Mudchute Park and Farm, which plays host to several festivals each year, including a dedicated fireworks display for Guy Fawkes night each year.
The island also houses the Docklands Sailing and Water Sports Centre, which sits on Westferry Road. The centre, which is one of the largest in London, offers adults and children courses in sailing, yachting, kayaking, rowing and windsurfing, among others.
|Docklands Medical Centre||100 Spindrift Avenue, E14 9WU||+44 (0) 20 7537 1444|
|Island Health Medical Centre||145 Eastferry Road, E14 3BQ||+44 (0) 20 7363 1111|