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
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?