The Relocation Bureau

Cabot Square
London Docklands
Stratford Centre

Canary Wharf, Docklands & Stratford

Also Includes


Postcode Areas Covered

E1, E3, E14, E15, E16 and E20

Our Summary

Our rating of Canary Wharf, Docklands & Stratford

Both areas have great facilities, the Docklands attracting young couples and singles, whilst Stratford is more suitable for families and young people particularly on a budget.

General Description

The Docklands are situated in the 'U' bend of the River Thames, otherwise known as the Isle of Dogs, a few miles east of Central London. It is a young and vibrant area of London, dominated by the development of Canary Wharf, which was once the site of a cargo warehouse and is now an important centre of commerce. Until the 1960's the Isle of Dogs was one of the busiest dock areas in Britain with many imports and exports passing through. With the slowing down of shipping in the 1970's the docks closed and the land became derelict. The area underwent a massive re-development during the 1980's when it was declared an enterprise zone to encourage investors and developers. They are well served by the Docklands Light Railway and are popular for commuters as it is only a 15 minute journey into the City of London though this means that the area can be quiet at weekends when all the commuters have departed for home. The London City Airport provides a good choice of short flights within the UK & Europe.

Stratford started out as a rural farming area producing goods for London, particularly potatoes. In the 19th century the area started to become quite industrial and after the railway station was built in the town the railway built a depot and works here becoming one of the major employers in the town. The station has since become a significant transport hub with 17 platforms and access to the Railway between London and the North East, the Overground, the Underground and the Docklands Light Railway and so is very popular with commuters. The Olympic Games were held here in 2012 and have left the area with amazing sports facilities. There are also 11,000 new homes being built on the development and surroundings and the population is due to double by 2020. There is also the Westfield shopping mall that has been built and is a huge draw for shoppers all week long. With the regeneration the area has become socio economically diverse and multi-cultural being popular with young people, families working locally, commuters and investors.

Travel Times

Canary Wharf and the Docklands have connections to the Underground with a Jubilee Line station at Canary Wharf station and the whole area having stations on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) into the City or out to the East.

Stratford is exceptionally well connected being on the high-speed train line into St Pancras from Kent plus numerous services into the East of England. There is access to the Central and Jubilee Underground lines with service on the new Crossrail/Elizabeth line to start soon. There is also access to the DLR and Overground trains.

From Canary Wharf to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 6 miles, 20 mins 10 mins (direct to Bank)
London City Airport 4 miles, 15 mins 13 mins (1 change)
Heathrow Airport 21 miles, 45 mins  
Gatwick Airport 49 miles, 55 mins 58 mins (1 change)
From Stratford to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 10 miles, 30 mins 9 mins (direct to London Liverpool Street)
London City Airport 5 miles, 15 mins 15 mins (direct)
Heathrow Airport 26 miles, 55 mins Will be direct upon opening of Crossrail
Gatwick Airport 48 miles, 60 mins 75 mins (1 change)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Much of the housing stock in the Docklands has been built since the 1980’s and you will find apartment blocks overlooking the Thames mixed in with town houses and smaller terraced houses suitable for couples and families alike. There are still a handful of 1930’s houses also available. In contrast Canary Wharf has towering apartment blocks with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments which are popular with young working professionals and commuters.

Currently in Stratford there is a good supply of Victorian terraced houses as well as some more purpose built apartment blocks. However, by 2021 over 11,000 new homes will have been built which will be a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as larger 3-5 bedroom houses

Canary Wharf & Docklands
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £280,000 - £550,000 £1000 - £1600 per month
1 bed £320,000 - £800,000 £1100 - £2800 per month
2 bed £380,000 - £1,700,000 £1450 - £5500 per month
3-4 bed £430,000 - £2,200,000 £1850 - £6200+ per month
5+ bed £900,000+ £2800+ per month
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £230,000 - £310,000 £900 - £1100 per month
1 bed £250,000 - £450,000 £1000 - £1800 per month
2 bed £310,000 - £600,000 £1300 - £2200 per month
3-4 bed £360,000 - £700,000 £1500 - £3600 per month
5+ bed £600,000+ £2300+ per month

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.


Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Education Authority (LEA) for the Docklands area is Tower Hamlets and Newham.

The Local Authorities (LA) for these areas are Tower Hamlets and Newham and they are responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.

There is huge demand for state school places in the Docklands as more families move into the area and standards of education vary greatly between schools. There is only one independent school in the area that admits children from 4-18.

State schooling in Stratford is good to poor at Primary level with none of the schools achieving an outstanding mark. This may change with the introduction of the new schools with the area regeneration. There are two Catholic senior schools in the area that achieve very good results. There are also several independent schools in the area of which 3 are Muslim.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map


  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Tower Hamlets Council and Newham Council are the administrative authorities responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.

The police authority for the area is the Metropolitan. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.


The main shopping centre for the Docklands is in Canary Wharf. It has a wide selection of shops though primarily caters for the higher end tastes of the surrounding work force and also offers some good quality bars and restaurants. Of course, the full shopping experience of London is only a short tube ride away.

Westfield Stratford City is a large shopping complex with high street brands and designer stores as well as restaurants should you need to take a break.

Billingsgate Fish Market is the UK’s largest inland fish market and welcomes private buyers as well as its wholesale purchasers.

Stratford Indoor Market offers a wide variety of goods from food to clothing for its diverse local community and Stratford Outdoor Market offers toys, jewellery and food.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

Home Search Programmes

Leisure Facilities

Tiller Leisure Centre is a pool and gym facility with fitness classes.

Stratford Leisure Centre has a gym, swimming pools, sports hall, all weather pitches, group exercise programme, and crèche.

London Aquatics Centre was the pool built for the 2012 Olympic Games and now open to the public.

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre offering lessons to beginners and clubs based here for the more advanced.

Everyman Canary Wharf is a 3 screen cinema that shows all the latest blockbusters.

Cineworld Cinema at West India Quay has 10 screens and shows the latest releases.

Stratford Picture house shows the latest blockbusters as well as screening old classics and live shows from the arts.

Vue Cinema Stratford is a huge complex with 20 screens showing all the latest releases.

Local Attractions

Canary Wharf - the landmark building that dominates the skyline of the Docklands. It is 50 storeys high and home to office, retail and entertainment facilities.

Castle Gallery - an art gallery on the island showing fine art.

The Space - a small theatre within a restored church on the island.

The Museum of London Docklands - tells the historical story of the Docklands.

02 Arena - a large concert and show venue with restaurants and bars which has all the famous names appearing here.

Mudchute Park & Farm - the largest urban farm in Europe which also offers riding lessons.

The Theatre Royal Stratford East - a community theatre with many shows written, directed and performed by black or Asian artists.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – home to the London Stadium (West Ham Football Club’s ground), the ArcelorMittal Orbit (with a slide to ride), the London Aquatics Centre, the Copper Box Arena (sports arena for big events), Lee Valley VeloPark (everything cycling including a studio, indoor track, bmx track) and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – as well as parklands, waterways, playgrounds and cafes.