Canada Water Property Guide

Canada Water is a freshwater lake and wildlife refuge located in Rotherhithe in south-east London’s Docklands. Over the years the name has grown to encompass the lake and the surrounding areas, largely because of the tube station which opened in 1999.

The extension of the Jubilee Line drew the area into focus and greatly enhanced its connection to the rest of London, sitting just one stop from Canary Wharf, two stops from London Bridge and little more than 10 minutes from the West End. The station was connected to the London Overground in 2010.

Today the area has seen large-scale redevelopment which has delivered 900 new homes so far, 234 of which are affordable. The plans are part of an ambitious regeneration programme led by Southwark Council and BL Canada Quays Ltd, who aim to bring in 2,700 new homes along with new retail and office space, leisure facilities and a civic square at the heart of Canada Water. The programme also includes the new Canada Water Library, designed by renowned architect Piers Gough and opened in November 2011, and the Plaza, which has been providing a quiet, well-lit space to local residents since June 2012. The final phase of residential housing will be built by Barratt Homes, and is scheduled for completion by 2014.

Property in Canada Water

Canada Water property primarily consists of modern housing and converted warehouses which cleverly reflect the region’s maritime heritage, as one would expect from a former docks area. The neighbouring riverside hamlet, Rotherhithe, has seen the conversion of warehouses and waterside wharves into reasonably-priced luxury apartments and small houses, such as Bombay, Hope Sufferance and Tunnel.

Princes Tower has won awards for its Art Deco style and boasts amazing views of Tower Bridge and the River Thames from its private balconies, with many flats featuring large circular windows and a window seat that gives panoramic views of the London skyline. In a similar price bracket, Hays Court is a converted warehouse on Rotherhithe Street.

Following its post-Blitz rejuvenation in the 1980s, Surrey Quays features designer warehouse conversions and modern apartment blocks, whereas inland – close to Canada Water itself – are more family-oriented properties such as two and three bedroom modern houses with gardens. This area represents great value for money, whether you’re looking for a flat to rent in Canada Water or a four bedroom family home. There is a good selection of schools in the vicinity and an eight-screen cinema, numerous restaurants and bars, bowling and even bingo!

Property for sale in Canada Water

Property to rent in Canada Water

Canada Water Schools

There is a selection of primary schools in and around Canada Water including Albion Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Alfred Salter Primary School, St John's Roman Catholic and Rotherhithe Primary School.

Secondary schools in and around Canada Water include Cavendish School which is located next to Southwark Park Sports Complex, Bacon's Collage can be found on Timber Pond Road, Compass School Southwark is located on Drummond Road and Evelyn Street is where you will find Marathon Science School of Excellence.

Canada Water Regeneration Information

Planning consent was granted in 2009 for the regeneration of Canada Water. The scheme was developed by the council, British Land Canada Quays (BLCQ) and Barratt Homes and includes a library, a civic plaza, shops and green space. Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the building consists of the following:

  • 668 residential units
  • 958m2 of new retail units along Surrey Quays Road
  • 10% disabled units
  • Public gardens and a green route
  • 268m2 of community space
  • 26 storey landmark building of exemplary design
  • Public bicycle facility

Designed by PKS Architects,the proposals for Site B1 were accepted in 2008 at Southwark Council's planning committee. Construction of site B1 and B2 are now complete and occupied and consists of:

  • 63 residential units
  • Eco-roof
  • Ensuring 10% of energy is renewable
  • Retail and commercial units on the ground floor
  • Children's play area

Completed in 2011, the £13.7m Canada Water Library was designed by Piers Gough of CZWG Architects, and is located at the centre of a new civic plaza at Canada Water.


  • Longer opening hours
  • Meeting rooms
  • Cafe
  • Free access to internet and computers
  • Adult and family learning facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Two lifts
  • Performance space
  • Substantially more resources than Rotherhithe Library


  • Advice sessions
  • Music performance and opportunities to perform
  • Drama and film screenings
  • Homework clubs
  • Study support
  • Reading groups
  • Story times
  • Health promotions

Developed in partnership with Southwark Council and British Land Canada Quays, the plaza known as Deal Porter Plaza was developed by EDCO Design and opened in 2012 with the following features:

  • Lighting scheme with feature lighting
  • Granite paving
  • Canadian hardwood trees through the square
  • Improved pedestrian crossings
  • Extensive seating which can be moved to make way for events on the space
  • Cycle parking
  • A dock-side promenade area

In March 2014, an agreement was signed that will see Sellar Design & Development join forces on a 1.5m ft2 Docklands residential scheme in Southwark.

Ranging from studios to four bedroom apartments, the project will deliver a total of 1,030 new homes. The properties will be available in a mix of private sale, private rent and affordable, and will be created alongside 40,000ft2 of commercial space and community facilities.

History of Canada Water

The lake – the only body of fresh water in London – represents the surviving northern third of the former Canada Dock, which mainly served Canadian ships. The whole area once formed a network of over 15 docks, with the oldest dating back to 1698. After the docks were closed down in the 1970s, the London Docklands Development Corporation stepped up to take ownership of the area’s regeneration, investing heavily in large-scale development efforts throughout the 1980s that led to much of Canada Dock being filled in, with the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre being built on top of it. The rest was converted into the lake and wildlife refuges as it stands today. 

Transport Information


  • South Bermondsey


  • Bermondsey
  • Canada Water
  • Elephant & Castle
  • Rotherhithe
  • Surrey Quays

Things To Do in Canada Water

A number of attractions are close by, including the peaceful Southwark Park with its fantastic wide open spaces, the Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre and Surrey Docks Farm, which has plenty of activities for children and adults. Museums include the fascinating Brunel Museum commemorating the world’s first underwater tunnel, the highly contemporary Design Museum, the Pumphouse Educational Museum which houses a collection of artefacts from the Thames foreshore, and the Tower Bridge Exhibition. There’s also a selection of art Galleries include the Café Gallery Projects and The Wrapping Project.

Canada Water has a mixture of traditional and contemporary pubs and bars, including the Mayflower pub, named after the Mayflower vessel which set sail to America from that spot in 1620. Other pubs include the nautically themed The Ship Rotherhithe, the 16th century Prospect Of Whitby, a converted warehouse overlooking the Thames called The Old Salt Quay, and The Moby Dick, which covers two floors and features a traditional British menu and waterside seating.

Canada Water has a vast array of restaurants including the Rainbow Chinese restaurant, Pizza Hut and Simplicity Café & Restaurant, which serves wholesome British food using fresh, local produce. If you’re looking for a taste of international cuisine then visit Café Sillka or The Yellow House, which is split between a contemporary bar and a restaurant and offers a two course restaurant menu, a grill menu and a pizza menu. Similarly Café East serves authentic Vietnamese home cooking, and there’s also Frankie & Benny’s, The Surrey Docks Weatherspoon and Butlers Wharf Chop House, which boasts views of Tower bridge and serves quality British food.

Historic buildings include the Norwegian Church and Seamen’s Mission, St Marys Church, Brunel Engine House and St Olav’s Church. 

To arrange a viewing or find out more about our selection of Canada Water property, feel free to contact our Canada Water estate agents office on 020 7231 1066.

Request A Free Valuation

Receive an expert valuation within 24 business hours.