About NEWS on the WHARF

Everything you need to know about us

Owned by Peter Wagg, NEWS on the WHARF is a group of specialist newsagents dedicated to serving the needs of Canary Wharf and the surrounding communities.

With four stores strategically located throughout the estate and our office and warehouse just minutes away, we are uniquely placed to offer our in-store and corporate account customers timely access to an unrivalled range of domestic and foreign newspapers and magazines together with all the other products and services normally associated with a quality traditional newsagent.

Our history

Peter Wagg opened his first store in Camden in 1977 and later a store in Marylebone, both specialist newsagents, that quickly established a reputation for superior service and the widest possible range of newspapers and magazines.

Having read an article in the London Evening Standard about the proposed development in Docklands Peter approached the Canadian developers, Olympia & York, and at 6.30am on 1st October 1991 NEWS on the WHARF became the first retail store to open at Canary Wharf. Hailed as a ‘white elephant development’ trading in the early years was difficult especially during the years when the estate was in administration with just a handful of office tenants and very few customers.

However, as Canary Wharf grew so did the number of NEWS on the WHARF stores and Peter’s expertise within the publishing industry was recognised as his stores won numerous awards for service, innovation and IT development.

Peter has been a leading light in the publishing industry for over 30 years and has served on numerous national and industry regulatory bodies including; Founding Chairman of Homelink, a national network of delivering newsagents, President of the NFRN, the Newsagents Federation, Chairman of JIG, the newspaper and magazine industry regulatory group and he was the first retailer to receive the lifetime achievement award of the Publisher’s Association.

Peter is also a board member of the Association of News Retailers and Chairman of NFRN Mutual Insurance Ltd., but above all else he remains a newsagent committed to providing the best possible service and widest possible choice for the entire Canary Wharf community.


We carry an extensive range of newspapers and magazines across our stores; if you don’t see it in one it may be available in another. If not, you only need to ask and we will try and source it for you. We have excellent relationships with the wholesale and publishing chain and will endeavour to meet your requirements.

No. The way in which we run our stores is that as soon as the new issue comes in we return the old issue. We may, in some circumstances, be able to source recently returned issues of magazines but generally speaking newspapers are pulped once they are received back at the wholesalers. However, please simply ask the question in store or via the contact us button and we will to our utmost to help, or suggest an alternative, such as www.backissuenewspapers.co.uk

Yes. We are proud to be able to boast that we receive the New York Times before it goes on sale in New York City, and we have a specific wholesaler that caters for foreign newspapers. Whether it is a European, Chinese, African or Asian title in 99% of enquiries we are able to assist. Again, please simply ask in store or use the contact us button for more details.

Yes. Subject to availability from our range of suppliers, and of course suitability in stocking that product in a newsagents, we will always endeavour to give our customers what they are looking for. If it is a particular confectionery item or drink we will make the enquiry to our suppliers who themselves are adept at ensuring we (as their customer) get what we ask for!

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For more information about PayPoint and to find your local store please visit www.paypoint.co.uk/paypointlocator.

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