Desk-ercise with Portland Brown
Dec 11, 2019
Canary Wharf is one of the UK’s most important financial and commercial hubs, but it’s not all business at Canary Wharf. There’s plenty to see and do in the area. Whether you’re looking for an evening meal or something to fill a Sunday afternoon, this guide showcases the best of Canary Wharf.
What to Do in the Evenings
As you’d expect from one of London’s premier commercial hubs, there’s plenty to do after work in Canary Wharf, whether you’re looking for a few drinks or an evening meal. You could go to Boisdale, which serves traditional British cuisine alongside an extensive Whisky selection. The restaurant is outfitted in a grand traditional style and set in a stunning art deco building, meaning the surroundings are every bit as impressive as the food. Alternatively, Roka serves a wide range of Japanese cuisine against a stunning backdrop of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.
For something traditionally British, you could visit G&Tea which (as the name suggests), specialises in gin and tea, two of Britain's favourite drinks. They have over 180 gins on offer and, if you’re feeling adventurous, we’d highly recommend their tea-infused gin cocktails. If you’d rather something more exotic, the Terrace Bar at Wahaca offers a taste of Mexico, with a fantastic selection of Mezcal and Tequila and colourful, tropical vibes.
Where to grab a quick coffee
If you’re working in Canary Wharf, Black Sheep Coffee is the perfect place to grab a coffee right in the heart of the area. They offer unique coffee blends sourced from across the world in trendy surroundings. Notes Coffee in Crossrail Place is also a great place to grab a coffee, with a location that’s ideal for commuters. It also serves a range of food and cocktails.
What to Do on the Weekend
Canary Wharf is well connected to the City, the West End and all the famous attractions of London, but you don’t need to leave the area to find all sorts of exciting things to see and do. Tucked away above the iconic Crossrail station, you’ll find the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. In this beautiful oasis of calm in the centre of Canary Wharf, you’ll find tropical plants from across the world, as well as street food and live performances. And it sits under a glass canopy, guaranteeing bad weather won’t spoil your trip.
You can discover the rich maritime history of the area, once the bustling trading hub of the largest empire in history, at the Museum of London Docklands. Afterwards, why not take the DLR to Greenwich to take in the attractions there, including the Cutty Sark, a perfectly preserved 19th century ship which was once the fastest in the world, Greenwich’s famous Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum.
If you feel like a country getaway, you may not actually have to travel far. At Mudchute Farm, less than 10 minutes away on the DLR or 30 minutes by foot, you can ride horses, pet farm animals or just take in the green space in the heart of the city.
Even though it’s outside of the City centre, Canary Wharf is extremely well connected to the rest of London. The DLR will take you into the City via Bank Station or to London City Airport in just 11 minutes. Canary Wharf Tube Station, on the Jubilee line, provides access to The Shard, Waterloo Station and locations across the West End. Transport for London operates several self-service bike rental stations (‘Santander Cycles’) in the area, which are perfect for shorter journeys or, for something a bit different, you can catch a Thames Clippers boat to a number of riverside locations.