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Welcome to Canary Wharf one of London’s, and the world’s, premier business and shopping districts. A new development, the first businesses moved-in in 1991, today it is headquarters to numerous major national and international corporations and has over 100,000 coming to work daily. The area covers 97 acres and offers 16 million square feet of office and retail space.
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.
This 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 council here has really made efforts to create a community spirit and an exemplary environment, as such there are many landscaped spaces and sculptural art forms improving the area aesthetically, and to perhaps encourage a more reflective mind set amongst the resident workers; whatever the motive, Canary Wharf is now host to one of the UK’s largest collections of public art.
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 – come and cheer that Wimbledon finalist!
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.
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.
Failing that…. If you can’t find it in Canary Wharf then head to Westfield at Stratford City. At Europe’s largest shopping mall they have everything from high street to high fashion, designer names, as well as a 17 screen cinema and All-Star, American style, bowling lanes.
If independent shops and boutiques are more up your street then Greenwich is the place for you. Their undercover market is open Tuesday through to Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm and showcases: designers, vintage wares, original art works and delicious, fresh produce and food on the go.
25 Cabot Square, Mackenzie Walk, E14 4QA
Enjoy Prosecco and cocktails on the al fresco terrace of this independent restaurant, one of only a few left in Canary Wharf. Amerigo Vespucci offers daily specials combining flavours and recipes from all over Italy and its neighbouring islands.
14 Cabot Place, E14 4QT
A lively restaurant full of vibrant atmosphere, Boisdale’s serve traditional Scottish cuisine, with live music, whisky bar, cigar terrace, caviar, oyster bar and cigar library, all overlooking the Thames and city skyline.
The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, E14 5AB
Canteen do things simply and well, their motto is ‘honest seasonal food, nationally sourced, skilfully prepared and reasonably priced’ and they deliver on every count! This is Great British food.
1 Hertsmere Rd, E14 8JJ
With a chauffeur service to collect you this was never going to be an ordinary curry house! Residing in a listed Georgian house and with stunning interior design they serve classical Indian dishes with a contemporary twist.
29 Westferry Circus, E14 8RR
With sumptuous interiors, a cowhide-lined bar and chairs, and a large al fresco terrace giving a continental feel Gaucho serves up Argentinian steaks that have been free range, grass fed, and endured a 5 day wet aging process, all to ensure steaks that boast unbeatable lean ness and richness.
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote.
18-20 Mackenzie Walk, E14 4PH
By having no reservations and no menu this authentic brasserie simplifies things and keeps turn-over rapid. They are famed for their steak frites and delicious secret sauce, with thoughtful touches like half of your steak being kept back so you can enjoy seconds as good as your first.
Cabot Place, E14 4QS
This is fast food but not as you know it! Leon’s food is naturally full of flavour; they use seasonal food full of goodness, spices, fresh herbs and olive oil, and focus on nutrition and sourcing their ingredients from farms they trust.
Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, E14 5FW
The Parlour is a spacious bar that serves an all day seasonal British menu as well as delicious canapés, meaning they can meet your needs whatever the time of day. They have a wide selection of drinks to offer and even a cocktail menu for the calorie counters among you!
Iberica La Terraza
12 Cabot Square, E14 4QQ
Bringing Madrid’s al fresco café culture to Canary Wharf, Iberica is a stylish space designed by Catalan designer, Lazaro Rosa Violan. They serve cocktails and tapas with a contemporary twist. Fingers crossed for fine weather.
10 Cabot Square, E14 4EY
Great value given the location, this Oriental restaurant serves tasty food and bento boxes, ideal for lunch or dinner, with beautiful silk-swathed interiors and great service this really is a winner.