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Canary Wharf business and banking area at sunset with beautiful reflection in the River Thames water. London, UK

Canary Wharf: What to do, eat and drink and where to stay in London’s bustling business district

By LLM Reporters on 22nd June 2020

Whether or not you are a regular visitor or resident of England’s fine and flourishing capital, you’ll have, no doubt, passed through or made a pit stop to the bustling area that is Canary Wharf.

The largest urban regeneration project in Europe, London’s secondary business district on the Isle of Dogs houses the UK’s third tallest building (One Canada Square) and boasts an array of eateries, shops, office spaces, green areas and apartments to buy.

Ongoing work over the past 30 years has seen this area transformed into a bustling district, but if you think this area is solely for sharp-suited workers, then think again as we give you the lowdown on how you can spend some time here.

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London Marriott Hotel Canary Wharf offers apartments and five-star hotel rooms by the water. Image credit: marriott.co.uk

Stay

Whether you are visiting the area as part of a business trip or you’re heading to the O2 Arena nearby for a live performance, you will certainly need a refined place to rest your head.

Based in the belly of the financial district and holding 282 rooms and suites as well as an array of flexible meetings rooms with all the technical extras you could need, the smart, four-star Hilton London Canary Wharf could be just the ticket. Boasting an impressive executive lounge, restaurant and great views, you can’t really go wrong with a stay here, whether for business or pleasure.

Alternatively, for the full five-star experience, head to the iconic London Marriott Hotel Canary Wharf where modern, luxury rooms, a fitness suite and event rooms are provided, and a meal at the hotel’s restaurant, Manhattan Gill Steakhouse is not to be missed.

Eat

From modern French to South American to Japanese cuisine, you’ll be hard pushed to not be bowled over by the selection of eateries on offer in the area.

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ROKA serves up contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine. Image credit: rokarestaurant.com

Serving contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine in elegant surroundings, ROKA offers impressive views of the neighbouring area with small and large groups alike tucking into this upmarket gastronomy.

Overlooking Canada Square through floor to ceiling windows, the modern French restaurant, Plateau, serves up a tasty selection of meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes, perfectly partnered with an impressive wine selection.

For an Argentinian steakhouse is there a better offering than Goucho? Canary Wharf’s version is a monochrome delight with animal print and spectacular river views, ideal for tucking into a top-quality steak.

Drink

Alongside many restaurants often come bars in which to sip on a cocktail or glass of wine and watch the world go by, and Canary Wharf is host to a good selection of those offering panoramic views and outdoor drinking. The Rum Bar at Big Easy, Bokan, Boisdale, The Pagination, Rum and Sugar, 28 West Bar, Iberica and The Pearson Room are all suitable offerings for a tipple when in the area.

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The upmarket new builds at 10 Park Drive offer high level luxury

Live

If you’re looking to relocate to the area or buy up some property in order to have a regular pad when in town on business, then you’re in luck as there is a great selection of apartments available. 10 park drive, designed by celebrated architects Stanton Williams and interior designers, Make Architects, offer distinguished design and an elegant place to reside with décor making good use of the abundance of natural light. Available apartments here range from a one-bedroom offering at £830,000 to a three-bedroom, 1,500 sq. ft plus apartment with a 92 sq. ft terrace at £2.5 million.

Do

From high-end designer boutiques to high street favourites, the shopping centre at Canary Wharf will appeal to all tastes, whether you are looking for sportswear, accessories, evening wear, homeware, or everyday items.

If you like a little culture to brighten your day, then look out for the many sculptures dotted around that make up the art collection on the estate. Events are also held throughout the year – when gatherings are allowed again – and it is the ideal place to explore when you are staying for a gig at the nearby O2. The Museum of London Docklands is nearby and offers an insightful glimpse into the history of the area, while the many green spaces offer a restful place to spend some quiet time.