Every district has its own charm, and that’s what we like about London. Let’s head to the South East of the capital! Mathilde will help us discover Canada Water.
Part of the larger area of Rotherhithe, former industrial docks, it is now a residential area with many advantages: close to the Thames, very well connected to the centre and east of London, apartments with breath-taking views… this district will hold your attention!
On the housing side, most of the buildings date from the 80s/90s. There are also a few traditional Victorian houses, as well as a multitude of magnificent modern buildings, with massive projects for the rehabilitation of the district similar to Victoria. Prices are still relatively affordable, but will rise sharply in the years to come as the neighbourhood regenerates with upmarket ambitions. Let’s not forget the almost 200 moored barges and the proximity to water with its calming influence.
Canada Water attracts workers from the City and those commuting to Canary Wharf (direct, just one stop on the Jubilee line). It is also a pleasant area for families with schools rated “outstanding” such as Redriff Primary and Albion Primary school. In addition to the proximity to the Thames, families will enjoy Southwark Park, an ideal green setting for Sunday walks. It is equipped with football fields and tennis courts and there is also a boating lake, a café and an art gallery.
It is very well connected with the Overground, the underground, the buses, the Thames Clipper (oh, the charm of a trip on the water!). London City airport can be reached in 20 mins by car or 30 mins by underground or the DLR.
The Canada Water library and its cultural space have a 150 seat theatre offering various shows from dance to music.
The shopping centre Surrey Quays is well worth the visit. You will find something to entertain young and old: restaurants, cafes, shops, cinema, bowling…
Decathlon, the famous sports brand has an outlet there where you can even play indoor golf in situ.
Athletes are well served at Canada Water which includes the Surrey Docks Fitness and Water Sports centre: rowing, kayaking, sailing… there is something for everybody!
If you have enough energy left, you can go and visit the Surrey Dock Farm, which will delight children in the discovery of animals, and nature lovers.
Already a very lively and dynamic area, it is now booming thanks to a major development project, the Canada Water Dockside.
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With new restaurants, bars, playgrounds, and green spaces, it will house the headquarters of several companies and will offer affordable premises and offices for smaller businesses. With the creation of pedestrian streets, it will also aim to be an area focused on biodiversity with many green spaces.
Connection, interaction and community are the hallmarks of this project, the construction of which should begin in 2023 for operational commissioning between 2026 and 2027.
Some good addresses:
Canada Water coffee : breakfast, brunch or dinner with Italian flavours
Mousetail Coffe : for coffee connoisseurs
The Mayflower pub : typical cosy pub with a wooden deck overlooking the Thames
Vixen Coffee : relaxed cosy atmosphere
The Yellow House, upmarket restaurant and bar
Canada Water market : held every Sunday, you will find there all kinds of fresh and artisanal products
The Midnight Apothecary, to be found on the roof top of the Brunel Museum, a tasty and original experience. Here, ingredients from the museum gardens are used in the drinks.
Brunel Museum: small museum recounting the local history of a family of engineers known for the very innovative construction in the 19th century of the tunnel under the Thames
The Pear Trea : a popular brunch spot enjoyed by the locals