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Welcome to Canary Wharf one of London’s, and the world’s, premier business and shopping districts. It’s hard to believe that only 30 years ago Canary Wharf wasn’t populated with skyscrapers that dominated the skyline, but instead was nothing more than wasteland after the decline of the docks. Seeing the potential the area had to offer, Margaret Thatcher began a process of regeneration which culminated into modern day Canary Wharf. Before the 1980’s redevelopment project began, West India Dock was one of the busiest ports in the world, with most of the cargo originating from the Canary Islands, which is how the area claimed its name.
Canary Wharf is a city within a city, everything you need is on your doorstep, gyms, beauticians, restaurants, bars, galleries and shops – you need never leave! The area has a good community spirit and provides a haven for London’s banking industry. Due to the sophisticated audience that populates Canary Wharf, it is now home to the largest collection of public art. This encourages a more reflective mind set amongst the resident workers. Canary Wharf boasts some of London’s most contemporary and largest architectural pieces.
One Canada Square is the second tallest building in London after The Shard and stands 235 meters above ground level which requires it to have a flashing warning light for aircraft in its pyramid shaped roof. It is predominantly used as office space and is a prestigious address, proved by the fact that in January 2013 the building was 100% let.
Out & About Just wondering through Canary Wharf is a cultural activity in itself; confronted by art and sculpture around every corner, 20 acres of open and park space to relax in and monumental architecture all around, there is a lot to take in. In addition to this and in a bid to create a sense of community there is a thriving Art and Events programme which includes music, dance, comedy, fashion, sport, and food and most of which are free. Whatever your interests, there will be something that will appeal to you, whether it is ice skating in the winter months or their large, alfresco ‘summer screens’ which televise the major sporting events of the season. It is the premiere venue to watch the up and coming 2014 World Cup.
Conveniently located just across the Thames is the O2, London’s state of the art concert arena which attracts some of the largest and most popular names in rock, pop, classical music as well as staging sporting events, theatrical productions like Cirque du Soleil and shows for the family. Having started life as the Millennium Dome, The O2 saved the site from demise and now the 20,000 seat arena sees sold out performances such as Barbara Streisand, The Rolling Stones and more contemporary artists including Justin Bieber and Rihanna. For those brave enough, the exterior of the dome also holds particular interest for thrill seekers and heights enthusiasts, ‘Up at the O2’ offers an exhilarating 90 minute walk along a platform suspended between the building’s masts and breath- taking views. If you are in need of some tranquillity and want to escape the ‘rat-race’ then come to the Greenwich world heritage site, where you can enjoy peaceful walks along the river or in Greenwich Park.
The town itself is made up of charming independent shops and markets while the architecture is characteristically Georgian. There are many attractions and museums to visit here too, mainly focussing on the area’s maritime connections; The Cutty Sark, The National Maritime Museum, The Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Meridian Line. Shopping Canary Wharf itself offers a lot in the retail stakes with 240 shops catering for the practical and the luxury, JD Sport or Sweaty Betty, Marks & Spencer or Myla, Curry’s or Bang & Olufsen; whether you are after a new pair of gym shoes or the latest in audio visual technology you can find it here.