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Canary Wharf - area guide 2018

Canary Wharf area guide

Discover the best things to do, see, eat and drink in London's capital of suits Canary Wharf

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There’s a misconception that once the working week is done and it’s devoid of the buzz of workers, Canary Wharf becomes a ghost town. But there’s actually whole host of things to do, see, eat and drink in London’s captial of suits, any time of the week.

Soon, the Elizabeth Line will stop at the recently developed Crossrail Place, a giant floating station that could be lifted straight from a 'Star Wars' movie. More than just a station, however, you'll find an oasis of calm at the Crossrail Place Gardens, designed by innovative British architects Foster + Partners. This four-floored development is also home to Giant Robot, a seven-days-a-week rooftop foodie arena from the team that brought you Dinerama. In fact, foodies will be spoilt as Canary Wharf has built up quite the collection of casual and upmarket eateries, and there a number of bars and pubs that can get quite busy (especially on a Friday night). 

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Things to do in Canary Wharf

Mudchute Park and Farm

Mudchute Park and Farm

A surprisingly compact city farm that's home to an Equestrian Centre, petting zoo, duck pond and a rather brilliant café.

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Trinity Buoy Wharf was rescued from dereliction and now its lighthouse overlooking a growing creative community. 

Restaurants in Canary Wharf

Plateau

Plateau

  • 5 out of 5 stars

The aptly named Plateau sits on the fourth floor of Canada Place, with sensational views of Canary Wharf from its huge glass and metal façade. The...

Chai Ki

Chai Ki

  • 4 out of 5 stars

In a city where many of us still think of Indian food as an either/or situation (hottest thing on the menu lads/chicken korma wimps) it's a pleasure to eat in...

Ibérica Canary Wharf

Ibérica Canary Wharf

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 3 of 4

This glamorous new branch of Ibérica has a spacious, airy feel that blends well with the glass towers and moneyed streets of Canary Wharf, yet it...

Giant Robot

Giant Robot

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

A big shiny box on a low-rise Canary Wharf rooftop, from the peeps at Street Feast.

Pubs in Canary Wharf

The Gun

The Gun

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

An attractively spruced-up pub, with attentive staff and stiff prices. 

The Merchant

The Merchant

A great spot for an after-work drink, with an outdoor heated seating area overlooking the North Dock.

Bars in Canary Wharf

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

  • 4 out of 5 stars

This highly enjoyable member of the Boisdale triumvirate is almost laughably incongruous. On the second floor is an appropriately smart bar-diner that offers a...

The Pagination

The Pagination

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Canary Wharf is weird. It doesn’t really feel as though you’re in London; plonk it in any big city in the world and it would fit in. Consequently, it’s...

Lobby Lounge

Lobby Lounge

The Lobby Lounge at the Marriott London West India Quay hotel offers a relaxed atmosphere by day, if you fancy afternoon tea or a light snack or meal, and it's...

Levante

Levante

  • price 1 of 4

A modern take on classic European bar-restaurant with casual dining, Levante captures the essence of Continental Europe within the relaxed and friendly...

The perfect weekend in Canary Wharf

Explore: Giant Robot

Explore: Giant Robot

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

From the peeps at Street Feast, Giant Robot looks like sort of boat but is actually a playground of food, bars and coffee.   

Visit: Mudchute Park and Farm

Visit: Mudchute Park and Farm

What could be better than spending your weekend hanging out with some alpacas and visiting a petting zoo? Not much, tbh. 

Play: Reebok Sports Club

Play: Reebok Sports Club

A three-floored stylish sports emporium complete with bar, restaurant, gym, pool, golf, boxing and indoor football. 

Eat: Roka

Eat: Roka

Enjoy a luxurious bottomless brunch at Roka with signature robata dishes, sashimi and desserts. 

Hotels in Canary Wharf