Isle of Dogs

This east London neighborhood might be known for fiscal business, but its pubs and cafes cater to more than power brokers.

The Isle of Dogs contains one of London’s two financial nerve centers, but the neighborhood is more than high stakes and higher buildings. Although everyone recognizes this east London locale for the business acumen it displays at Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs offers diversions that go beyond power lunches. The neighborhood’s maritime mentality, casual pubs and cafes, and narrow brick townhomes lend it a character that surpasses the expectations of a typical 9-to-5 neighborhood.

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On the Map

Isle of Dogs is within LB of Tower Hamlets and bordered by Limehouse, Deptford, Poplar, Rotherhithe, Greenwich, LB of Southwark, LB of Lewisham, LB of Newham, and RB of Greenwich

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 40 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 55 minutes tube and train
Heathrow Airport: 100 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 80 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 55 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 45 minutes on the tube

A Dichotomy of London Life: High Towers In a Little Village

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Although the Isle of Dogs is best known as the home of modern London's business district, Canary Wharf, the neighborhood accommodates more than corporations. Beneath the Isle of Dogs' high towers rest cozy homes, intimate spaces, and the occasional boat.

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Most of the Isle of Dogs recalls a village on the banks of the Thames rather than a financial center at the top of the economy.

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Cross the South Kew footbridge and you cross the line between quaint apartments and multinational conglomerates.

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Modern London Along the Wharf

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Repeated grids and glass towers lend Canary Wharf a highly-stylized urban aesthetic.

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During the week, this ambition-driven area bustles with suits and cell phones.

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Come the weekend, Canary Wharf calms down.

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Canary Wharf's contemporary flair isn't reserved for corporate giants.

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Its modern stylings influence the lofts and town houses that surround the area.

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We are just a short walk to the Thames Clipper dock, where ferry boats cross to the south side and travel along the Thames, towards Greenwich in one direction and the London Eye in the other....this really is a great, and alternative way to see London!"

The Quiet Side of the Isle

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The Isle of Dogs might be synonymous with Canary Wharf magnates and fiscal power, but there's another side to the Isle that many overlook and underestimate.

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Outside Canary Wharf, you might even be convinced you're in the countryside.

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Recreation Along the Isle

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Expansive parks don't define the Isle of Dogs, but its modest green spaces complement its river views.

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The Isle of Dogs claims a rich maritime history. Though many of its dock workers have since transformed into office workers, a contingent of residents still make their living along the river.

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All aboard.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Arne is a German photographer and cameraman. He gained experience in various fields such as TV drama, commercials, and documentaries. His work has taken him all over the world and since 2008, he's been based in London where he recently finished his MA of Arts at Goldsmiths College. While working for Airbnb, he discovered a completely new side of London and many of its hidden secrets.

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