Guide to living in
Situated in the centre of the London Borough of Newham, Canning Town is the living and breathing heartbeat of the East End. Regarded as an area of improvement over the last decade or so, Canning Town is still undergoing large levels of regeneration.
The previously mentioned regeneration comes in the form of ‘The Canning Town & Custom House Regeneration Programme’. This £3.7 billion project, due to be completed in the early 2020’s, will completely revitalise the town centre, creating 10,000 homes and many jobs in the process.
“There are many tower blocks and terraces in Canning Town as well as some old industrial buildings converted into apartments”
Canning Town hosts Rathbone Market, running since the 1960’s this market is particularly useful for retro and second-hand clothing bargains. Nearby Barking Road also has a host of shops, whilst if you travel a little further afield, the imposing Westfield Stratford City is now one of London’s primary shopping hubs.
Trinity Buoy Wharf is bizarre and wonderful at the same time, one of the capitals best kept secrets; the Wharf houses a small community living in recycled shipping containers. Even if you don’t fancy living here, it is well worth a visit and now there are a number of businesses springing up to help raise the profile of the local community.
There are many tower blocks and terraces in Canning Town as well as some old industrial buildings converted into apartments. Some of the most sought after properties in the area are new-build flats overlooking the water. Modern townhouses at Britannia Village present a good relatively low cost opportunity for first-time buyers.
Located in the unconventional Trinity Buoy Wharf, Fatboy’s Diner is as close as you can get to an original American 40’s diner without actually being in one. A rather inspiring interior is complimented wonderfully by an assortment of ‘fatburgers’ and ‘grand stand hot dogs’. Just off the Barking Road you’ll find Charlie’s Bar, a tiny bar come pub with a great atmosphere and some fairly priced drinks.
Thames Barrier Park does indeed look over the Thames Barrier and it really is a special view. Riverside parks are often beautiful and this one is no exception, with a distinct array of quirkily-trimmed hedges and some well thought out viewing points.
Canning Town is well connected to the rest of the capital, especially since it started benefiting from the services of the Jubilee Line in 1999. DLR services are also readily available as well as some convenient and frequent bus routes.