As Canary Wharf continues to evolve from a major financial hub into a thriving, riverfront community, Wood Wharf is the next phase, ensuring the area completes its somewhat remarkable transformation. With a range of exquisitely rendered new homes, an abundance of office and retail space, plus a series of expansive parks, Wood Wharf has officially become part of one of London’s biggest success stories. Now more famous for its cafe culture, art scene and nightlife, the district is also home to many of the capital's premier living environments, including One Park Drive, 10 Park Drive and 8 Harbord Square.
It was in the 19th century that the West India Dock was constructed, running the length of the Isle of Dogs. Meanwhile, Wood Wharf was used to store timber - hence the name. Much of London’s success is based on its proximity to the Thames, its access to the water allowing it to grow into a major trading port. The West India Docks dealt primarily in sugar and rum imported from the Caribbean and it wasn’t long before business was booming!
Here is our pick of what’s on offer in this vibrant and historically significant part of the city:
A dynamic, local community market, Mercato Metropolitano offers an impressive combination of great international food from its artisanal kitchens, organic wines, sustainable produce and fresh groceries. With amazing views across the river, this has really made its mark, with customers descending from miles around. And who could blame them? With vendors as diverse as Dim Sum Lab, Lebanese Table and Maki & Bowl, the food is outstanding. Meanwhile, the iconic gelato from Badiani is worth the trip alone, and downstairs you’ll find none other than TAM’s celebrated new jazz club.
Wood Wharf Park
Wood Wharf Park is a serene, tree-filled greenspace hidden below the skyscrapers, making it the ideal spot for residents to relax and rejuvenate at pretty much any time of day. With sun canopies, street furniture and thousands of Herbaceous shrubs, this was designed to be both visually arresting and spiritually soothing. Featuring regular pop up markets and sporting events, it’s become a focal point for residents and of the many parks that can be found locally, this certainly ranks as among the best.
For the ultimate boating experience with friends or family, GoBoat provides stunning access to the London Docklands. No previous boating knowledge is required, as you’ll be given all the information you need by a team of friendly staff before setting off on a relaxing voyage. Cruising along the river, passing the iconic cityscape, this is a fun, easy-going way to spend a few hours far from the hustle and bustle of life in the big city. You can choose your own route, so really get the chance to explore London from a totally new perspective. Kids love it, of course, and you can even bring the dog!
Third Space is a highly successful luxury fitness brand, that recently landed in Wood Wharf. A premium fitness and wellness club that spans an incredible 40,000 square feet, it includes a residents only area, a specialised individual training facility, plus a spa and pool. At the cutting edge of the latest fitness and lifestyle trends, Third Space is really about those who want to take their exercise routine to the next level, whilst receiving support and encouragement from a team of seasoned professionals. Considered the best in Europe, the results speak for themselves.
Food for Thought
Our tips for excellent dining in Wood Wharf
Hawksmoor has become synonymous with the very best cuts of steak but also serves up excellent seafood, succulent burgers and, of course, expertly mixed cocktails. What’s-more, their meat comes from cattle who’ve led a stress-free life and been fed on a natural diet of grass and hay. The steak is then dry-aged for 35 days to give it a taste that lingers long after the event. With a range of excellent wines, this is, quite simply, the real deal.
Emilia's Crafted Pasta
Emilia’s outdoor terrace on the riverbank in Wood Wharf is the ideal spot to sample some of the best pasta anywhere in London. Freshly cooked every morning, this is pasta created with the same techniques passed down from generations of Italian chefs. With handmade ravioli, a 4 hr slow-cooked bolognese and antipasti to die for, Emilia’s continues to produce dishes that keep people coming back for more, time-and-time again.
Dishoom’s brand new cafe is now open in Wood Wharf. Reminiscent of a 70s railway station, the dining room pays tribute to the old Irani cafes of the past, whilst the menu is a sumptuous collection of sharing plates, grill dishes, curries and breads. And for those who’ve already had the pleasure, the great news is Dishoom’s famous bacon naan rolls, okra fries and roti rolls are still ready and waiting!
Fast earning itself a reputation for delivering truly tasty vegan food, Mallow’s 100% plant-based menu has built up quite the following of late. From the creators of Mildred’s, Mallow is set over two floors, has a large outdoor terrace and provides seasonal dishes that really pack a punch. Relaxed and airy, there’s also a selection of handcrafted cocktails, wine and beer, making this well worth your time. Singular, contemporary and intoxicating.
Wood Wharf is easily accessible due to its many transport connections, which include The Jubilee Line, The Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) from Canary Wharf and also a river bus. Pedestrian and cycling routes are also available, ensuring travel into the city is always fast and effective.
Business and Education
Educational institutions in and around Wood Wharf include Canary Wharf College, New City College and Crossharbour. It's also home to a large number of well-established financial, tech and management consultant companies.
We have a selection of properties for rent and for sale in this spectacular area, discover them here: