Havens of peace and quiet in the bustling city

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work­ers who head for Ca­nary Wharf five days a week, it seems odd that Tower Ham­lets ranks so highly in this re­search. But the decibel av­er­age is pulled right down at the week­ends af­ter the fi­nanciers have fled.

If res­i­dents can bear the throng dur­ing the week, or are a part of it, then Ca­nary Wharf feels com­par­a­tively de­serted on week­ends, with world-class shops and res­tau­rants but no West End crush. Across the river, be­tween Canada Wa­ter and Sur­rey Quays sta­tions in nearby South­wark is Que­bec Quar­ter, which has seven apart­ment blocks over five acres of for­mer in­dus­trial waste­land. Each has its own land­scaped gar­den with newly planted wild cherry and maple trees, con­nects the site to wood­land. Beds of flow­ers have been planted to at­tract bees and but­ter­flies, and bug ho­tels have been cre­ated in the outer wall.

For new buy­ers Johnny Wing, 28, and Ben Jewkes, 30, it’s a lit­tle pocket of calm. The cou­ple bought a one-bed­room apart­ment with a room apart­ments at No. 3 can es­cape to the wa­ter­side for so­lace or up to one of the roof gar­dens. The Green­wich Penin­sula trans­for­ma­tion will in­clude a three-mile green walk­way and, this month, the bor­ough is throw­ing an “ur­ban fete” – bring­ing vil­lage life into Lon­don. The 126-unit scheme com­prises five blocks with half an acre of gar­dens be­tween, and prices start from £525,000.

Johnny Wing and Ben Jewkes, who bought in Que­bec Quar­ter in Canada Wa­ter. Be­low, a flat in the com­plex

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