E14 - Canary Wharf
Where Is E14?
E14 is the bend in the river with Canary Wharf at its heart. 35 years ago the area was desolate docklands. Since then they’ve kept building and it just gets better and better. Although not fashionable to say, the success of E14 is a tribute to Margaret Thatcher’s free-market approach. She designated Docklands as a low-tax, low-planning zone 1982 and it has never looked back*.
Anyway back to geography. Canary Wharf has cracking links the rest of London via the Jubilee Line, DLR and (soon!) Elizabeth Line. Although if you live in Canary Wharf there’s a good chance you’ll be working there too. In which case, you’ll be happy to know you are close to London City Airport, perfect gateway for a weekend’s off-piste in Gstaad.
Why We ♥ E14
A friend from Hong Kong once said Canary Wharf reminded him of home. It’s got the energy and bustle of a new skyscraper city. You are surrounded by water on three sides, which gives it a good flow of karmic energy if you believe in that sort of thing, which we don’t, unless we are talking to someone who does.
Greenwich is a short hop across the river (or, more precisely under the river assuming you take the Foot Tunnel or DLR, rather than using telescopic legs). Greenwich has parks, history, markets and the Greenwich Meridian which is where time began, approximately speaking.
Fun fact: the Pizza Pilgrims at East Ferry is bigger than all the other Pizza Pilgrims combined. Plus, their pizza is tremendous.
* Actually, it did look back for a short while in the 1990s, but then it turned around again and has looked forward ever since.