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Canning Town

Featuring Container City, Canning Town Caravanserai and Trinity Buoy Wharf lighthouse, Canning Town has all the right out-there credentials to become the next Shoreditch or Hoxton.

Estate & letting agents Canning Town

At Franklyn James we believe in no half measures. We are transparent in how we do business, committed to achieving your goals, and we take pride in every element of our work. If you’re thinking of selling, letting, or using property management in the Canning Town area, let us be frank, you need Franklyn James.

A dockers’ town, the area was named after Lord Canning, the Victorian Governor-General of India, who oversaw the opening of Royal Victoria Dock in 1855, the largest of the three Royal Docks. Evidence of Canning Town’s industrial past can still be seen in its array of industrial buildings, which were joined after WW2 by council tower blocks and terraced housing in the 50s, 60s and 70s. In recent years a number of new developments have been built overlooking the docks. One such notable development is Vermilion at Rathbone Market, designed by architects CZWG.

Canning Town is in the midst of a £3.7m regeneration project, which will see the construction of 12,000 new homes, schools and retailers, an improved town centre, local infrastructure and transport links, and plenty of new open spaces.

Fulfilling your lifestyle aspirations…

In the 70s and 80s, The Bridge House was the venue in which to see up-and-coming musical acts, such as The Police, Depeche Mode and gods of rock Iron Maiden. Sadly the premises was later demolished, but it has since been replaced by Bridgehouse 2, in Bidder Street, so Canning Town’s reputation as the home of rock may not yet be lost.

When dining out in Canning Town, pretty much all tastes are catered for. There is the popular American-style Fatboy’s Diner at Trinity Buoy Wharf, BJ’s traditional pie and mash shop on Barking Road, Pepenero – an Italian pizzeria and restaurant on Silvertown Way, and Yi Ban – a Chinese eatery with great views over Royal Albert Dock. There are also plenty of upmarket restaurants and bars to be found along the riverside walks and marinas.

For an evening tipple, The Oiler Bar, open Friday and Saturday evenings, sits inside a former Royal Navy refuelling barge. If you are really making a night of it you could then go dancing at the Brick Lane Music Hall, which hosts old-fashioned music nights in a converted church on Connaught Road.

Getting around

The area has greatly benefitted from improved transport links in recent decades, following the introduction of the Docklands Light Railway and the Jubilee Line. This is set to improve further still once construction of the new Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail) station is complete. As a result, the area is attracting an increasing number of young professional seeking an easy commute.

Canning Town, Royal Victoria and West Silvertown are just three of around a dozen Zone 3 DLR stations nearby, and you can hop onto the Jubilee Line at Canning Town Underground station, which gets you to Canary Wharf in around 4 minutes, and London Bridge in about 10 minutes. The 5, 69, 115, 147, 241 bus and the N15 and N550 night buses also serve Canning Town.

Families will love

There are a surprisingly large number of green spaces close by. For some all-ages fun and games, Canning Town Recreation Ground on Prince Regent Lane has a cycle speedway, tennis court, multi-use games courts, children’s play area, and its ‘Outdoors in the City’ facility, with a climbing wall, abseiling, archery and bushcraft. The award-winning Thames Barrier Park in Silvertown is famed for its Green Dock and there is also the nearby Newham City Farm, which houses some unusual animals and rare breeds, including llamas and wallabies. The Canning Town Caravanserai is an outdoor community space in Silvertown Way that hosts markets and community events, and has a space to grow food for green-fingered foodies! In summer, a man-made beach pops up at the western end of Royal Victoria Dock.

There are plenty of good schools in Canning Town including Hallsville Primary and Britannia Village Primary school and secondary schools Rokeby School and Eastlea Community School. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Canning Town.

Local amenities around Canning Town

  • Percy Ingle bakery
  • BJ's Pie and Mash shop
  • Fatboy's Diner
  • The Oiler Bar
  • Bridgehouse 2
  • Newham Leisure Centre
  • Thames Barrier Park
  • Newham City Farm

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DocklandsCanning Town estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Franklyn James have rented my properties for many years, and whilst I get approached from many other agencies, I wouldn't go anywhere else. My properties have pretty much zero void periods, rents are paid on time, and their property management team is tip top in terms of response times and service. I used other agencies in the E14 postcode prior to Franklyn James, and am glad I signed up with them (which is now over 10 years ago). The team have been both exceptional and supportive - Lee Alter, Gary Atkins, Joanna Socko (who have been there forever (which is always a very good sign when you choose an agent). Additionally, Kweku Quagraine has been pretty immense managing my properties.
Bottom line, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Franklyn James. Great agency. "

Philip Pataky

DocklandsCanning Town estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Gary is an excellent manager, who always helped with various issues that arise during the time we were renting through Franklyn James. We had several things that we wanted to change in the flat and Gary helped to communicate those to landlord and achieve the outcome that was satisfactory for both parties. During the final checkout and deposit return, Gary has quickly settled any remaining questions with the landlord and deposit monies were returned promptly. Thank you very much for all your help! "

Islam Utyagulov

DocklandsCanning Town estate & letting agents - testimonial

" I purchased a property through Antony. Throughout the process, Antony was very accommodating and always went the extra mile to ensure I got what I needed. There were complications along the way (out of Franklyn James’ control) and Antony was calm and pragmatic and I can thankfully say kept everyone in the chain happy resulting in me obtaining my dream property. I’ve been in the property a week now and can honestly say Antony that it is even better than I remembered! Thank you so much 😊 "

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DocklandsCanning Town estate & letting agents - testimonial

" My wife and I have been assisted by George; he has been very kind and helpful and managed to find a property matching what we were looking for and very quickly.

He has also been very available and arrange us a last minute viewing outside of his normal working hours.

We definitely recommend him! "

Lorenzo Manzoni

DocklandsCanning Town estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We had the pleasure to work with George Ward from Franklyn James and we recommend him one hundred percent. George was extremely professional and helped us find and win the apartment that we were gunning for. He also was very patient with our endless number of queries and always answered them promptly with a smile. "

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