London's Docklands area was once the world's largest port, welcoming cargo ships from all over the world. Nowadays, thanks to a vast regeneration programme which began in the 1980s and continues to this day, it has become a vibrant business and residential area.
Neighbourhoods in Docklands include Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Millwall, Tower Hill, Shad Thames and Wapping: in these areas sympathetic redevelopment, cutting edge modern architecture and careful landscaping have come together to create an exceptional environment in which to live and work, as well as a perfect location for investing in London property. The property available here is characterised by contemporary apartments in high-rise blocks and Victorian warehouse conversions. You will also find small developments with traditionally built townhouses and maisonettes.
Docklands is popular with young professionals, who love the relaxed nightlife and the riverside vibe, but families also enjoy the lifestyle here. There is a good selection of primary and secondary schools in the area, including the 'Outstanding' Canary Wharf College. When choosing schools in Docklands you can opt for state run primaries, community schools and academies or a fee-paying independent schools.
The area abounds in sophisticated cafes, bars and restaurants - many overlooking historic docks and waterways - while legendary concert venue the 02 provides world-class entertainment. Outdoor attractions in Docklands include marinas, riverside walks and sailing schools, together with a 32-acre, countryside farm - Mudchute Park - run by a community charity. You'll also find gyms and fitness centres with exercise and sports facilities to suit every taste.
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is one of the best ways to travel in the Docklands area, with direct connections to London City Airport in the east and the City of London in the west. Other Docklands transport links include Jubilee line trains (travel to the West End takes 16 minutes) and several bus services, including the river bus. The Crossrail project is poised to provide even better connections with the rest of the capital, giving Docklands property investment even more of an edge.
Whether you're searching for an ultra-chic Docklands apartment to rent or you've set your heart on a riverside family home, living in the Docklands offers everything you need for an ultra-cool city lifestyle.
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