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Developed by Berkeley and designed by Foster + Partners, South Quay Plaza is set to be one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe. Combining the highest quality of architecture, interior design and amenities, it also promotes sustainable high-rise living, which means creating not just a new landmark for London, but a vibrant, long-term community.
Superbly located at a pivotal intersection of the capital's historic docks in Canary Wharf, South Quay Plaza will create a vibrant, safe, mixed-use and sustainable waterside development of the highest design quality. It will set the benchmark for future similar developments across the UK.
South Quay Plaza's slender 68-storey glass and steel tower will bring a new focal point to the London skyline and provide a new reason to live in Canary Wharf, the city's prestigious, modern financial district.
The Architect Foster + Partners iconic and elegant waterside residence is set to change Canary Wharf's skyline. Its impact will extend the practice's reputation as one of the most innovative architecture and integrated design companies in the world.
Over four decades, Foster + Partners have pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture through a wide range of projects, with landmark buildings on six continents such as: British Museum, London; Reichstag, Berlin; Hong Kong International Airport and Hearst Tower, New York City.
Opening in 2018, a new station for Crossrail, London's newest high-speed rail link, will connect Canary Wharf to Heathrow in under 40 minutes.
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There are some 90 restaurants and bars within a mile or so of Canary Wharf, ranging from waterfront gastropubs, such as The Gun, and sophisticated spots, such as Plateau, for champagne with a view. There are London institutions such as the whisky-lovers' Boisdale and popular new names such as Thomasina Miers' Mexican restaurant Wahaca.
Canary Wharf is the place to come to enjoy a weekend brunch, lunch created by a two-Michelin-starred chef, or sit back and listen to jazz. Every cuisine is catered for. You can be traditionally English in your dining, get a taste of Madrid at Ibérica or the flavours of contemporary Mumbai in the Dockmaster's House.
Canary Wharf is also famed as a first-class shopping destination. Among the most recent openings in Jubilee Place are Banana Republic, Tiger of Sweden and The White Company. They join such luxury names as Tiffany & Co, Monica Vinader, Michael Kors, Boss and Jo Malone, along with the best high-street boutiques and cafés and a John Lewis department store.
The new Crossrail station, set to open in 2018, and the extension of Jubilee Place will also bring 160,000 sq ft of new retail space set on four floors, including shops, restaurants, an Everyman cinema and other leisure facilities. It is one of the biggest retail expansion programmes in the UK and will put Canary Wharf firmly on the map as a shopping destination.
Canary Wharf Shopping Centre offers a relaxed and sophisticated environment for shopping, eating and browsing. The centre's three arcades - Canada, Cabot and Jubilee Place - encircle Jubilee Park and the Tube station, and house more than 200 shops, bars, restaurants and cafés that are open seven days a week.
There are pockets of greenery throughout Canary Wharf and the wider Docklands area - places for those who work locally to relax and recharge at lunchtimes and areas for those who live or visit the area to enjoy, socialise and play. Each has more to it than you may at first realise. Amongst them are the state of the art, world famous O2 Arena, Canada Square Park, The Sir John McDougal Gardens, Mudchute Park and Farm, Millwall Park, and Island Gardens.
South Quay Plaza breathes new life into a historic part of the waterway that sits just minutes away by foot from the heart of Canary Wharf. And with beautifully landscaped open areas around the towers, residents, visitors and the local community can congregate here to relax, play and socialise.
The design is all about inviting people in. The building is welcoming from all sides, from the way it sits at a 45-degree angle to surrounding buildings and the waterfront, to the lack of a discernible back or front entrance. Its ground floor shops and restaurants overlook the green spaces and waterfront.
With six universities in the top 100 (and four in the top 40), London is seen to be the world's top city for higher education. Imperial College and the London School of Economics and Political Science rank among the very best universities in the world, and there are hundreds of first-class private and state schools that see fierce competition for places.
The University of East London has a Docklands campus and Canary Wharf College is among the local schools rated outstanding by the UK's Office for Standards in Education. Superb transport links make it easy to travel to other colleges and schools in central London.
Residents at South Quay Plaza have exclusive use of state-of-the-art leisure facilities set on the building's first and second floors. There is the 'wet' section, which includes a magnificent 160 sq metre swimming pool set in a double height space, vitality pool and changing rooms. A thermal suite with a hot pool, sauna and steam room overlooks the stunning pool.
The 'dry' section houses a gym area with the best in cardiovascular equipment, cable training an free weights. There is also a resistance training circuit, space for flexibility and core training and a studio space for group or personal training.
Residents can relax after their workouts in the spa lounge room and private treatment rooms for massages and beauty therapy, with views across the landscaped gardens which cover two thirds of the site.
Occupying the entire 56th floor is a remarkable Residents' Club Lounge, half of which is given over to a large terrace, with its own bar and kitchen, which will provide residents with some of the finest views in London.
One of the highest residents club lounges in Europe. Guests will be able to enjoy a beautiful, Foster + Partners designed bar, relaxed seating areas, screening room, TV wall/library and boardroom/conference room, all of which offer panoramic views of Canary Wharf, the Thames and the City and beyond.