Live by the waterside: new homes by canals, rivers and reservoirs from Hackney to Brentford


Opportunities for Easter weekend watersports in London are more plentiful than many people realise.

As well as the Thames, there are inland docks, lakes, canal basins and reservoirs where regeneration is opening up access to the water for recreational use.

New waterside homes in Stoke Newington

Two giant reservoirs in Stoke Newington have become a well-used urban amenity, with a watersports club offering sailing, canoeing, paddle-boarding and other activities. Club memberships cost from £105 per year.

A Victorian pumping station has been converted into a climbing centre and there is also a nature reserve with a “trim trail” for joggers.

Willowbrook House, part of the new Woodberry Down neighbourhood, sits alongside the reservoirs. Apartments here start at £535,000. Call 020 8985 9918.

New waterside homes near Canary Wharf

Royal Docks, near Canary Wharf, has 13 miles of river and dock frontage and is home to London Watersports Centre, an international-standard facility with a two-kilometre rowing course.

Royal Docks West is one of the new quayside projects, with 79 apartments priced from £685,000. Call Mount Anvil on 020 3883 7238.

From £371,000: flats at Three Waters, close to the London Aquatics Centre

The same developer has launched Three Waters, a scheme of 300 homes at the confluence of Bow Creek, the River Lea and Limehouse Cut, and close to the London Aquatics Centre, built for the 2012 Olympics. Flats cost from £371,500. Call 020 7776 5755.

New waterside homes in Brentford

Dockside restoration is also bringing convivial waterside living to Brentford, sitting at the confluence of the Thames, River Brent and the Grand Union Canal in west London.

Brentford Lock West has 700 homes, part of an 11-acre scheme on the banks of the canal. New moorings, pontoons and a footbridge have been created, and the towpath widened.

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From £679,950: three-bedroom apartments at Brentford Lock West

This revitalised section of the canal is used by a local kayaking club, while Active360 runs stand-up paddle-boarding sessions directly in front of the development.

Three-bedroom apartments are priced from £679,950, while four-bedroom townhouses start from £925,000.

Call 020 3504 6403 for more details.

New waterside homes in Islington

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From £850,000: apartments at the 250 City Road scheme are near Islington Boat Club 

Islington Boat Club operates from City Road Basin near Angel, offering water yoga, narrow boat trips and sailing classes.

Apartments nearby at the landmark 250 City Road scheme start at £850,000. Call 020 3040 6250.

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