Emily Wright

This thriv­ing fi­nan­cial cen­tre is re­ly­ing on the El­iz­a­beth line and a pro­gramme of new homes to at­tract fam­i­lies and build a sense of com­mu­nity, says

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

AN ICONIC clus­ter of glass be­he­moths, Ca­nary Wharf is a bea­con of Lon­don’s fi­nan­cial prow­ess. Where the sharp suits and sharper brains work, it’s vis­i­ble — and dis­tinctly recog­nis­able — from most spots along the Thames. How­ever, it has never been known for nur­tur­ing its res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity.

In essence, it’s a Mon­day to Fri­day place. It passes the pint of milk test — in that milk is read­ily avail­able from one of five shop­ping malls. And if you want a meal or a gift, there are more than 200 shops, bars, cafés and restau­rants on hand seven days a week. Ac­cess to re­tail and leisure is not the prob­lem here.

It’s just that Lon­don­ers who aren’t fa­mil­iar with the area al­ways re­fer to the lack of at­mos­phere — and it does tend to van­ish on a Fri­day night. So, can a new Cross­rail sta­tion, twinned with a steady in­crease in fresh res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, in­ject heart and soul into this hard-nosed fi­nan­cial quar­ter?

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