A guide to office space in Canary Wharf

Until the 1970s, Canary Wharf was one of the busiest docks, not only in the UK and Europe, but in the world.

The name actually originates from the sea trade with the Canary Islands decades ago, and wharf originally was an acronym for "Warehouse At the River Front".

Canary Wharf is home to some of the tallest buildings in the UK: One Canada Square, sometimes referred to as Canary Wharf Tower (244m), Citigroup Centre (200m) and 8 Canada Square (also at 200m).

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The location

Canary Wharf is a renowned business district within London, situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. 

It’s well-connected by transport links, with easy access to the London Underground, buses and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). 

It can even be accessed by boat, with Canary Wharf Pier offering services to the City of London and Embankment, and access to nearby residential areas such as Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays.

Neighbouring areas - price comparisons, per person per month

The prices given below are the minimum to maximum average cost for serviced offices, per person per month, derived from our Sales Team's knowledge.
Area Indicative price range
Canary Wharf £700 – 900
Greenwich £450 – 800
Tower Hill £500 – 650
Aldgate £500 – 800


Canary Wharf

Why choose Canary Wharf?

  • Great transport links to Central London
  • One of London's two financial districts
  • 14m sq. ft. of office/retail space
  • Headquarters for large numerous banks
  • Quick access to London City Airport
  • Major expansion planned over the next few years
  • Crossrail project will further improve links with the rest of London, and beyond





Five things you probably didn't know about Canary Wharf:

  • The site was once home to the West India Docks, the busiest shipping port in the world
  • 1,000 ships a month still pass through the docks
  • Canary Wharf was declared an Enterprise Zone back in 1983
  • Over 100,000 people are employed in the area
  • Canary Wharf is now home to one of the UK’s largest collections of public art
Docklands Light Railway, Canary Wharf

A closer look at Canary Wharf

  • Canary Wharf is host to many well-known multinationals including financial institutions and banks (HSBC, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley), media firms (Reuters, Daily Mirror) and technology companies (Infosys)
  • It also hosts a wide range of small to medium size companies, ranging from telecommunications, IT and marketing agencies
  • There’s plenty of bars, cafés, and restaurants in the area, and a great riverside location

For more information on the current state of the UK serviced office market check out our UK Flexible Workspace Review 2016.

Want to find out more?

If you’re looking to move into the area, or simply require more information, contact Instant Offices' specialist local consultants.

Email our team or call us and we'll be delighted to help you.


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