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Wapping Lane: Best Commuter Hotspot In London

Wapping Lane is making waves within the city as the best commuter hotspot in London. Why? 21 Wapping Lane, that’s why. 

This latest property development is the first new build to be constructed within the district of Wapping in over a decade. Offering Londoners a cosmopolitan, Canary Wharf-esque living, whilst still being situated around a charming area rich in character. Situated across from the historic Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane is coated in historical relevance. This combination of a characterful maritime setting and bespoke contemporary builds makes Wapping Lane an alluring sight and a unique place to live.

Data Reveals Londoners Commute Less Than 10 Miles

Close proximity to work is often cited as a key determining factor for tenants in selecting rental accommodation. A study taken in 2018 revealed that almost 70% of rental tenants live within 10 miles of their workplace, with an average of 30% living within two miles.

This however does appear to be region specific; with only 23% of London tenants live less than two miles from work whereas in Yorkshire and the Humber a whopping 37% live less than two miles away from the office.

On the flipside, improvements in technology and an increased ability and tendency to work from home, have opened up new opportunities. As companies allow more of their employees to work remotely for all or part of the week, commuters can live in the area they’ve always wanted and journey into the office only a couple of days a week. Indeed, 10% of tenants live more than 50 miles from work and 4.9% of tenants live a staggering 200 miles away from their place of work!

In 2019 more and more inner-city commuters are turning to Wapping Lane as the commuter hotspot in London. If a short commute is a priority and you don’t want to be 200 miles away from your desk, check out the best properties in London that are close to the City centre and are perfect for commuters.

The Comeback Story of Wapping Lane 

With roots stemming back as far as 1220, The East London district of Wapping is an area which is coated in history. Moving into the 15th century and the construction of the Wharf, Wapping soon became a riverside hamlet, going by the charming name of Wapping-on-the-Woze.

Following this, Wapping became an influential part of British seafaring business, with the development of the likes of homes and warehouses popping up across the riverfront.This history can still be seen through the architecture today, with there being many period buildings and converted warehouses throughout the area. 

Travelling forward into 1811, the area became part of the story of the infamous Ratcliff Highway murders, which took place near Wapping Lane. These gruesome murders inflicted upon two seperate families were well-known and publicised at the time. The victims involved were known to be modest and hard-working families, which added further mystery to the crime. Ultimately, Londers were left baffled over what the motive behind the crime could have possibly been? To this day, this remains something which we will probably still never know…

Moving into the modern era, the area of Wapping was severely damaged by bombings in WWII. As a result of this devastation and the post-war closure of the docks, Wapping struggled for some time in the mid-late 20th century. However, in the 1980s, the area was transferred to the management of the London Docklands Development Corporation.

This corporation was a government quango tasked with redeveloping the Docklands and bringing Wapping back to its former glory. As a result, a wide array of new builds began popping up along The London Docks. The area became filled in and redeveloped with a variety of bespoke residential homes, commercial buildings and light industrial properties.

Whilst many of the original buildings were demolishing in the construction of the London Docks, the area of wapping retains a strong maritime character and sense of history. This character is brought to life by the likes of the riverside public houses and steps; the prospect of Whitby and Wapping Stairs still remain today. Ultimately, in the 21st century, this development now brings modern architecture into a maritime setting – resulting in a stunning juxtaposition which is sure to arrest the attention of tourists and locals alike.

Why Do Commuters Love Wapping Lane?

More and more London workers are flooding to Wapping Lane as their new cosmopolitan home for commuting into the city. Situated in the heart of the London Borough Tower of Hamlets, Wapping Lane is within touching distance of a wide range of important landmarks, working opportunities and public transport links. 

Many workers based in or around Canary Wharf have capitalised on the great location of Wapping Lane. Wapping Lane properties are only a short walk to Shadwell and Wapping stations, offering a 12-minute commute into Canary Wharf and only a four-minute DLR train to Bank – that’s just 2 miles. 

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Wapping Lane isn’t just a great place to set up camp and have an easy commute into the city, it also has a lot of cultural landmarks and things to do as well. In terms of places to eat, there are various choices on offer for residents and tourists alike, including:

  • Il Bacino: A charming Italian restaurant which serves traditional Italian cuisine served on elevated plates. This place always has a vibrant buzz around it, serving amazing wines and beautiful terrace seating.
  • Lakasha Bay: Described as a “deliciously local Indian”, this restaurant has an alluring decorate glass fronting and appetising dishes of authentic Indian cuisine to match. 
  • Pizza Express: You guessed it. Popping up on every London corner, Wapping Lane joins the party by offering residents it’s very own chain pizzeria on their doorstep. Delicious meals and modest prices make this a popular choice amongst London residents.

As well as these choices, those who enjoy a treat night in will be happy to learn that great fish and chips are also available at a modest price at Wapping Fish Bar. P & J Bakers also offer a wide array of deliciously warm, fresh baked goods, including cakes, pastries and bread.

Those situated on Wapping Lane will also be within a short walking distance of the popular St Katharine Docks. Lying on the north bank of the River Thames, this area can be found  immediately downstream of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. This former dock was in operation for over a century, from 1828 to 1968, in which it was one of the major commercial docks that made up the Port of London. Moving into the present, it is now a popular housing and leisure complex which holds many restaurants, shops, pubs, a yachting marina and other recreational facilities.

In terms of parks and green spaces, Wapping Lane is nearby to many areas to stretch your legs or simply sit and enjoy your surroundings. After the church was mostly destroyed in the Second World War, St John’s Gardens has since been used primarily as a public walkway. There are three other parks within walking distance of Wapping Lane, take your pick from Wapping Gardens (Trench Street), Wapping Rose Gardens (Wapping High Street) and Wapping Green (Wapping Lane).

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Adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers can get their thrill from the nearby Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre; a mere 10 minute walk away (0.5 miles) from Wapping Lane. This facility offers courses and clubs for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and rowing, as well as high ropes and climbing. Gym goers and fitness fanatics will be happy to hear that St. George’s Leisure Centre is situated a short 4 minute walk away (0.2 miles). 

Public Transport Links

Commuters moving to Wapping Lane will have no shortage of options when it comes to moving to Wapping Lane, many residents choose to travel the city by bike. Listed below are some of the most frequently used transport links for those living in Wapping Lane:

  • Shadwell Docklands Light Railway station is a 5 minutes walk away from Wapping Lane (0.2 miles)
  • Virtually just as close (depending on where abouts you are situated on Wapping Lane) Wapping overground railway station is a 6 minute walk north (0.3 miles) 
  • In terms of underground stations, Aldgate East Tube is a 17 minute walk away, whilst Tower Hill Tube Station is equally as far away

Are you someone who frequently travels by car? As well as railway stations, there are also multiple car parks to choose from in Wapping. City Quay Car Park is a 9 minute walk away, whilst Arch Car Parking is only 10 minutes away on foot as well. 

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New Build Properties Available in Wapping Lane

Ultimately, there are a whole host of bespoke and contemporary flats to choose from in Wapping Lane. Out of the 180 total housing types within the area, 144 are purpose built flats and 31 of converted flats as well. One person (86) and two people (60) flats comprise the majority of these housing occupancies. However, there are still multiple three and four people accommodations available in the area as well. 

The most desirable place to live for commuters is the new build of 21 Wapping Lane. Ultimately, the aim in mind when building 21 Wapping Lane’s new properties was to create residential spaces that bring high quality cosmopolitan living to the area whilst still maintaining its historical sense of character. The overall land area is approximately 7,500 square metre.

Upon its completion in 2012, the new build scheme brought 379 units to Wapping Lane, as part of five apartment buildings. All of these buildings are brought together by a beautiful richly landscaped court, rising from five to nineteen storeys. 21 Wapping Lane’s 5 buildings are an excellent addition to the area with views looking over the iconic Tobacco Dock and beyond.

 A quote from Ballymore, the property development company behind the build, sums up the motivation behind 21 Wapping Lane: 

“We took inspiration from London’s remarkable gift for embracing the future while never walking away from its history.”

All of these properties benefits from the highest specification features and bespoke interior design. Parquet flooring and marble bathrooms create a luxurious feel for the Wapping Lane to unwind after a hard days work.

For those lucky enough to live in 21 Wapping Lane, there is an array of onsite facilities including a private residents’ cinema, modern gym and bespoke health club. A 24 hour concierge is also available for residents. There is also  It is perfectly placed for commuters standing between the City and Canary Wharf with both Wapping and Shadwell stations nearby.

Ultimately, 21 Wapping Lane’s properties are well sort after from commuters, due to its conveniently central location, strong transport links, historic atmosphere and bespoke contemporary living spaces. Despite its popularity, 21 Wapping Lane properties still frequently come onto the market. It is important to work with an estate agent who has a great knowledge of the area and can give you all the information you need. 

Cut The Commute From Other London Destinations

With over 8 million residents and over 20 million visitors, it’s safe to say that London is booming. Along with the average resident looking to reduce their commute time, there are plenty of great locations for everyone to choose from. 

London City Island

London City Island

London City Island is a fabulous new neighbourhood, nicknamed ‘Mini Manhattan’, comprising 12 acres of mixed use development including homes, offices, restaurants, boutique shops, pedestrian and cycle routes, waterside parks, arts and cultural spaces. Just take a quick walk across the purpose-built bridge and you’ll find yourself at Canning Town station, which offers a six-minute commute to Canary Wharf and a 24-minute journey to Bond Street.

Principal Tower

Principal Tower

Designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners, Principal Tower adds another iconic landmark to Central London. Located between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations, it not only offers fast links into the city but also further afield.

Sailmakers

Sailmakers

Sailmakers, located a stones’ throw from the centre of Canary Wharf, offers high-quality, pet friendly, rental properties with exceptional onsite amenities and services, including pet-sitting. South Quay station is a two minute walk away and Canary Wharf station is less than a 10 minute walk away.

The Residence

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The Residence is a luxurious new development in Nine Elms, with one, two and three bedroom homes on offer. Many of these have views of either the river, public spaces, parks or even the new US Embassy. Alongside amazing facilities, the development is less than a 15 minute walk to Vauxhall underground and overground station, and just across the river to Chelsea and Pimlico.

Your London Estate Agents

JOHNS&CO is a fast-growing, innovative and modern London Estate Agency which can offer you a range of properties for sale and to let within 21 Wapping Lane. We currently offer over multiple properties for sale within this exclusive area, ranging from approximately £300,000 upwards.

We consider it our responsibility to know the London property market inside out, and we’re committed to providing the very best service to everyone we come in contact with. Founded in 2013, we aim to bring the property market industry into the modern age. We started out specialising in London’s New Homes market, but over the years we’ve expanded and now offer a comprehensive range of services to those looking to buy, let, rent, sell or invest in the London property market.

If you have any questions about a particular property, the property market in general or anything else then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.