Built in the 1980s on the site of the former West India Docks, this shiny financial centre is big with bankers – if you’re one of them, or just looking for the best hotels in Canary Wharf, look no further. Bonuses can be spent in the plethora of bars and restaurants underneath those skyscrapers: we like glass-and-metal restaurant Plateau in Canada Place for its beautifully presented contemporary European cuisine, and Boisdale of Canary Wharf, which does a nice tongue-in-cheek homage to Scottish gentlemen’s clubs, with nightly live music. End an evening with a drink in a snug at historical Docklands pub The Gun and, if you must leave, the Jubilee line and DLR will get you where you need to go. Here's our pick of the best hotels near Canary Wharf.
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The best hotels near Canary Wharf
Within easy reach of the banks and buzz of Canada Square, this branch of the Hilton is as corporate as the location, but the comfy, airy rooms have separate work areas to help with that work-relaxation balance. Room decor is classic-meets-contemporary masculine, with dark woods, muted colours and easy chairs. It provides the full business traveller experience, but family rooms are a reminder that it’s not just a business hotel – while the Cinnamon Restaurant and Bar keep things grown up with vodka cocktails and afternoon teas.
Just what we’d expect from the luxury hotel chain: a classic design and the usual extra touches: concierge, turndown service, bathrobe. This waterside Marriott overlooks Canary Wharf’s North Dock, and rooms range from deluxe double, with floor-to-ceiling windows and plush beds, to fancy suites with executive lounge access and free hors d’oeuvres, desserts and late-night snacks. There’s a fitness centre with a sauna, plus Manhattan Grill and the G&Tea bar for dining and drinking.
The best option for anyone who wants a no-frills place to sleep but still likes a decent level of comfort – basic luxury chain Tune Hotels provides, in its own words ‘five-star beds at one-star prices’ (£52 a night in Canary Wharf), and is all about comfy beds and crisp white sheets in minimal, compact rooms. If you bring your own toiletries and towels (they charge extra for those) and do without the kettle and minibar (absent from the rooms) it’s a great budget option. There’s also a jukebox in the 24-hour lobby.
Aparthotel rooms, serviced apartments – whatever you want to call them, these are seriously swanky. Open-plan flats with housekeeping have floor-to-ceiling windows with views out over the Docklands, and bright, white fully-equipped kitchens, immaculate beige furniture in the living rooms and L’Occitane toiletries in the white bathrooms. Accommodation ranges from studios to three-beds and all guests have access to fitness facilities and a breakfast pack on arrival.
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