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Living in London City Island

London’s “Mini Manhattan”, a Place Where Innovation Meets Community, Culture, and Island Living

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London City Island, referred to by many as Mini Manhattan, might as well be called Micro London. It is a young, dynamic, bustling urban centre that depicts everything that makes London great only in a concentrated form. Just like London itself, London City Island represents the perfect blend of fresh vitality, power of transformation, the bond of community, and the magic of culture.

Lying in the centre of East London, one of the most sought-after areas in recent years, London City Island offers all the advantages of modern living without forgetting to make room for arts and the community. It is made up of unique residential buildings, an office building, a town square, creative spaces, a gym and sports pitches, as well as being the home of the London Film School and the English National Ballet. In fact, this is the most appreciated aspect of this 12-acre innovative project. It is designed to function as a complete urban development, an urban town, not just a residential scheme.

Its proximity to the dynamic business centre of Canary Wharf, as well as great links to the West End and the City Centre, mixed with its amazing views and modern amenities, make London City Island an ideal location for young professionals searching for a vibrant neighbourhood to call home.

About the Area – London City Island Guide

This landmark project is located in East London, minutes from Canary Wharf. It is a peninsula bordered by the River Lea and the River Thames in Zone 2. London City Island comprises 1,706 apartments, as well as community and creative spaces, office and retail areas, and sports and recreation amenities. It offers amazing views, top-of-the-line facilities, and easy access to the rest of the city.

What used to be a margarine factory is not a vibrant young community set on taking advantage of London City Island’s incredible location and stunning amenities. It overlooks the modern Canary Wharf skyline and features beautifully landscaped public areas and walking trails, offering a tranquil haven in the centre of a dynamic financial district.

Accessibility is one of London City Island’s most notable advantages. It is within walking distance of Canary Wharf, 30 minutes by public transit from Charing Cross, and offers easy access to the City. A 2-minute stroll to Canning Town on the new walking bridge gives you access to the Underground Jubilee Line and the DLR. For frequent flyers and travel enthusiasts, London City Airport is only minutes away.

To complete this micro-city’s universe, there is no shortage of retail, cultural, and dining amenities. In addition, London City Island is the new home of the English National and London Film school and has numerous creative spaces and art galleries. The central square has several restaurants, cafes, a grocery store, and a community space for performances and events.

Nature lovers will also enjoy the riverside walking paths and landscaped public areas offering amazing views. Top-class amenities for residents include concierge services, a stylish clubhouse, a gymnasium, spa, outdoor and indoor swimming pools.

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Station: Canning Town

Commute times: 4 minutes to Canary Wharf

11 minutes to London Bridge

20 minutes to Bond Street


Station: Canary Wharf

Commute times: 6 minutes to Liverpool Street

8 minutes to Farringdon

13 minutes to Bond Street


Station: Canning Town

Commute times: 6 minutes to London City Airport

6 minutes to Stratford

22 minutes to Greenwich


Station: Canning Town

Commute times: 5 minutes to Silvertown

10 minutes to London City Airport

30 minutes to Stratford


London City Airport – 9 minutes by car or 15 minutes by DLR

London City Island – Know the Area

London London City Island has several leisure and outdoor entertainment options. It also sits very close to some of the best attractions in London. Our London City Island estate agents recommend these as the most popular attractions in the area:


Arebyte Gallery – a creative space dedicated to supporting New Media and Performance Art, home to a wide mix of artists, musicians, photographers, DJs and music producers.

East India Dock Basin Country Park – a wildlife sanctuary minutes from London City Island with tranquil open water views, wildflower meadows, and saltmarsh, perfect for a family day out.

Trinity Buoy Wharf – a centre for arts and cultural activities located on the River Thames that comprises artists’ studios and gallery spaces, rehearsal rooms, a café, and a diner, as well as the only lighthouse in London.

Billingsgate Market – the UK’s largest inland fish market.

Museum of London Docklands – a museum focused on the history of the East End with particular emphasis on the River Thames that also features a large scale model of Old London Bridge.

O2 Arena – a short DLR commute away, this entertainment centre offers a lot of activities like bowling, climbs to the top, live concerts, tennis, and NBA matches

Canary Wharf Shopping Centre – a dynamic retail centre with designer brands, small boutiques, and great restaurants, bars, as well as a grocery store and a movie theatre.

Wakeup Docklands Water Park – “London’s inner-city watersports oasis”, this park offers a variety of water-based activities like cable wakeboarding, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), SUP yoga/pilates, hydrofoiling, as well as 2 onsite bars.

Emirates Air Line – a cable car link across the River Thames operated by Transport for London. It offers transport across the river and a unique view of London.

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Inspired by the industrial aesthetic of the surrounding areas, London City Island was designed using a distinct language of simple building forms with regularly punctuated facades.

All of London City Island’s 1,706 homes were built with the highest quality materials. The project received the Mayor of London Planning Award and the RESI Award in 2017.


London City Island has its own public spaces with beautiful landscapes, gardens, and walkways. It is also close to many other green spaces and public parks such as Wakeup Docklands, the Thames Barrier Park, or Star Lane Park.

Residents have plenty of options for picnics, outdoor sporting activities and leisure strolls.

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Estate Agents London's City Islands


The residents of London City Island are young families, young professionals, taking advantage of the short commute to Canary Wharf and the City, expats, and ballet dancers from the English National Ballet.


The Island Grocer caters to the immediate needs of London City Island Residents.

For more high-street, large brands, residents can hop on the many available transport links and shop at Westfield Stratford City or the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, located a short commute away.

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London City Island Property Prices   

The value of London City Island properties is set to rise steeply as the project approaches its completion. Once construction works are done and residents are free to enjoy all the project’s benefits and amenities, it will be more and more difficult to find an available property here.

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Properties in London City Island

The 11 buildings painted in striking colours were mostly prefabricated and shipped from a Dutch factory to the London City Island site. The building and apartment design is inspired by the area’s warehousing and maritime history with a touch of creativeness from other contemporary waterside neighbourhoods such as Chicago’s Burnham Park, Tokyo’s Makuhari Bay, and New York’s Manhattan.

All of the buildings and apartments are laid out to take maximum advantage of the riverside views. Building heights vary from 3 to 27 storeys and apartment sizes range from studios to 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom flats, to penthouses, and townhouses.

London City Island properties feature:

  • Open-plan kitchen
  • Stunning bathroom designs
  • Stylish interiors
  • Top-of-the-line amenities
  • Generous floor plans
  • Great views
  • Outdoor spaces

Schools in London City Island

There is only one school located on the island itself – Faraday Primary School in Trinity Buoy Wharf. The two other schools in close proximity to London City Island are Hallsville Primary School and St Luke’s Primary School, with “outstanding” ratings.


There are several hospitals and medical facilities available around London City Island. Here is our shortlist of available medical units:

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  • BMI The London Independent Hospital
  • 1 Beaumont Square, Stepney Green, London E1 4NL
  • +442077802400
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London City Island Buildings

London City Island is made up of 11 buildings with homes ranging in size from studios to 4-bedrooms. Each of them has a distinct feel and function:

  • Bridgewater House features 228 apartments
  • Caledonia House features 216 apartments
  • Albion House features 200 apartments
  • The English National Ballet building is the home of the organization with the same name and hosts ballet productions and workshops
  • Montague House features 217 apartments
  • Emerald House features 58 apartments
  • The Clubhouse hosts a range of amenities from a socialising space, a gymnasium, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a café, and a deli
  • Java House features 80 apartments
  • Grantham House features 180 apartments
  • Globe House features 24 apartments
  • Hercules House features 39 apartments
  • 1 City Island office building offering modern spaces in 8 storeys of 450 sqm
  • The London Film School education space complete with cinemas, studios, and offices
  • A car park with a multi-purpose rooftop capable of holding cinema screenings, sports matches, or fitness classes

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London City Island Amenities

  • All residents become members of the exclusive City Island Arts Club
  • Café
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Gymnasium
  • Spa and treatment room
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Secure parking
  • 24-hour concierge service
  • Clubhouse
  • Grocery store
  • Landscaped areas
  • Community square
  • Cycle storage
  • Security

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Weekend Activities In and Around London City Island

  • Catch an English National Ballet production or take part in one of their workshops
  • Go to a concert or sports event at the O2 Arena or climb it to enjoy spectacular views
  • Enjoy some outdoor fun and bird and wildlife watching at the Bow Creek Ecology Park
  • Visit the Arebyte Gallery or Trinity Buoy Wharf and immerse yourself in their creative exhibitions
  • Visit the Royal Docks and the Museum of London Docklands for a history lesson
  • Check out the NOW Gallery exhibits, immersive installations, and site-specific works.

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