Canary Wharf Area Guide.
Canary Wharf is more than just a business district – it’s an iconic part of London’s skyline, one of the city’s most desired postcodes, and a great place to work and play. Nestled amongst the gleaming skyscrapers you’ll find world-class bars, cafes, and a whole host of restaurants.
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From upmarket eateries, to everyone’s favourite chains, Canary Wharf has it all when it comes to restaurants. Canary Wharf’s prime foodie hotspot is Roka, an elegant restaurant serving contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine.
For a feast of haute gastronomy, head to Plateau, where you can expect beautiful French dishes and terraces overlooking Canada Square. Music fans will love Boisdale, where you can catch the very best in jazz, blues, and soul whilst enjoying traditional British cuisine.
And we can’t forget about our favourite local just downstairs from our offices – One Canada Square Restaurant and Bar, which offers one of the best Bottomless Brunches in town!
There’s plenty to enjoy when the sun goes down too – including Canary Wharf’s dramatic skyline. The Attic at Pan Peninsula boats a 360-degree view of the capital, but if heights aren’t your thing, on the ground floor you’ll find Tompkins brassiere and its waterside terrace – a popular after work haunt.
Hidden under the skyscrapers, you’ll find five shopping malls with over 120 stores, not mention an array of cafes, bars, and restaurants. Enjoy amenities seven days a week, ranging from designer boutiques and high street brands to an array of independent retailers.
There’s something to take every shopper’s eye in Canary Wharf. Beside luxurious brands such as Michael Kors, The Kooples and Ted Baker, you’ll find high street favourites such as Topshop, River Island, Mango, and Zara, as well as smaller boutiques.
Canary Wharf is also home to the largest Waitrose in the country, and features a recently opened Wine Bar.
Who said Canary Wharf was just full of skyscrapers? When you spend time there, you’ll find it’s not a concrete jungle – there are plenty of green spaces to relax and unwind, including the Crossrail Place roof garden. Designed by London architects Foster and Partners, this unique space provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle down below.
In the warmer months, the Canary Wharf summer screens and stage are erected in Canada Square Park meaning you can watch Wimbledon, athletics, movies, as well as live concerts in the evenings.
If this isn’t enough, check out Mudchute Park and Farm in the Isle of Dogs, which is home to 32 acres of green land and a variety of farmyard animals.
Canary Wharf is wonderfully well connected – the river taxi, Jubilee line, Docklands Light Railway, Emirates Air Line, and London City Airport all link the area with the rest of London, and further afield. And with the imminent arrival of Crossrail connecting East to West, transport in Canary Wharf is only going to get better.
Key journey times:
- Liverpool Street: 6 mins (Crossrail)
- London Bridge: 7 mins (Jubilee Line)
- Bank: 11 mins (DLR)
- Bond Street: 17 mins (Jubilee Line)
- Paddington: 17 mins (Crossrail)
- Heathrow: 39 mins (Crossrail)
Did you know…?
“Canary Wharf is so called because it was used to handle fruit imported from the Canary Islands. West India Quay and Canada Square got their names from the same principle.”– For more interesting facts, check out our article – 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Canary Wharf.
What do the locals say?
I am originally from Hong Kong so I’m a city girl. I’ve always loved cityscape. Just like New York in America, Hong Kong and Shanghai in Asia, Canary Wharf is exactly a perfect representation for the European side. It is clean, full of lively vibes, packed with smart people but also has a causal relaxed atmosphere around the area. I think Canary Wharf is not only just for those who work at the area, but also for everyone who enjoys the city as well – Heather.
it reminds me of being a kid. Every time I see it I’m transported back to being in Greenwich Park with my parents – for me it’s the first place I picture when I think of London – Louis.
it has a fabulous shopping centre with premium shops, boosted by the new Crossrail development with lots of exciting new bars and restaurants. Coupled with lots of unexpected outdoor spaces, it has everything you need in one place – Tania.
It is the heartbeat of London. Alive, vibey, accessible, massive (and growing!), it is one of the best places to work in, visit, shop, or just go for a drink – Matt.
It has the best sunset views over London – the colours from are breathtaking! – Nour.
Properties in Canary Wharf
Tower Hamlets Council aim to bring more than 20,000 new homes, and 110,000 more jobs to this glass-fronted corner of London by 2031. And with the arrival of Crossrail dramatically cutting journey times, more people are flocking to the area, fuelling growth in property prices.
With more and more workers looking to reduce their commute, and foreign investors seeking an upmarket slice of London to call their own, there’s never been a better time to plant roots in Canary Wharf. From Thames-side apartments, and ultra-luxe penthouses, to modern new builds and listed building conversions, we’re bound to find you your perfect property in Canary Wharf.
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