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Abbey Woods

Summary

Canary Wharf is known for being one of the world’s financial centres, you’ll find corporate companies and big banks including Credit Suisse, HSBC, Barclays, and more. The area offers a prime location in Central London with a short work commute and the opportunity to work with the UK’s most prominent finance companies. As a result, Canary Wharf is filled with high-level professionals who enjoy the close proximity to work, fantastic views of the city’s skyscrapers, fantastic bars and restaurants, luxury shopping opportunities and more green spaces than you might have expected. Self-proclaimed as “a place for everything,” you’ll never run out of things to do in Canary Wharf.

History of Abbey Woods

Canary Wharf actually started in 1802 as just a shipping port, albeit one of the busiest in the world. Eventually, after 1960, most shipping docks were closed including Canary Wharf. There were quickly talks of renovating the area for business purposes where the former executive of Credit Suisse First Boston, Michael von Clemm, then decided Canary Wharf could be developed into a back office to support corporations.

In 1988, construction to turn the area into a business centre began with 1 Canada Square being one of the first buildings to be built in Canary Wharf. At the time, 1 Canada Square was the tallest building in the UK and was a symbol of the area’s redevelopment. In 1991, major companies such as HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Credit Suisse joined the area.

Fun Fact about Abbey Woods

The name “Canary Wharf” was coined after an import dock, as the area was originally used for shipping ports. The import dock, No. 32 berth of the West Wood Quay of the Import Dock specifically, was used to trade fruits from the Mediterranean and Canary Island. Once the area was headed towards redevelopment, the fruit trading company, Fruit Lines, Ltd., requested the area be named “Canary Wharf.”

Getting Around in Abbey Woods

The name “Canary Wharf” was coined after an import dock, as the area was originally used for shipping ports. The import dock, No. 32 berth of the West Wood Quay of the Import Dock specifically, was used to trade fruits from the Mediterranean and Canary Island. Once the area was headed towards redevelopment, the fruit trading company, Fruit Lines, Ltd., requested the area be named “Canary Wharf.”