Canary Wharf Area / Things To Do

Area Guide

An Overview

Your local neighbourhood of Canary Wharf is home to numerous banks, media outlets and headquarters of many global powerhouses. Recent developments have seen Canary Wharf develop into a cosmopolitan hub for shopping, dining and leisure activities behind the business facade. Carefully manicured green spaces are dotted around the area while the modern architecture of the office blocks creates contrasts with some more historic buildings, crafting a picturesque atmosphere that is bound to have something appealing for everyone.

Canary Wharf is located towards the top end of what is called the Isle of Dogs on the River Thames. It is at the heart of what is known as the Docklands – an eight mile stretch of land located east of Tower Bridge, which used to serve as the biggest harbour of the British shipping industry, but is now known for its redevelopment into Britain’s financial centre.

Many well-known, contemporary architects and politicians have been involved in shaping and reshaping Canary Wharf (and indeed the entire Docklands) into this current incarnation. With the prime meridian running straight through this area, the Docklands have become a global showcase area for celebrating the 21st century, from Millennium festivities to the 2012 London Olympics, all honouring the distinct local maritime heritage.

Tourism beyond Canary Wharf

Despite the many local charms, very few tourists only ever come to London to see nothing but Canary Wharf. Depending on your previous travel experience to the capital, you might want to visit some of our hallmark building from Tower Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral, from Houses of Parliament to The British Museum.

You can find lots of information on your favourite tourist destinations at:

Culture Vulture

There are numerous cultural activities available in your neighbourhood of Canary Wharf, but we recommend that you refer to Visit London ( for up-to-the-minute suggestions on how to make your stay more memorable. Here are some top rate ideas that we have compiled for you out of the wide-ranging offerings that London holds for tourists:

Westfield Shopping Centre at Stratford City may not immediately strike you as an obvious suggestion for cultural enrichment, but this massive mall features several performance spaces, a cinema, a casino and, of course, endless options for your personal retail therapy.

Westfield Stratford City, 2 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road, London E20 1EJ

Parked in the middle of the Isle of Dogs, The Space is the foremost local venue for theatre, music, dance and £3-a-pop comedy, housed in an old EastEnd church. The line-up of acts changes frequently and always guarantees a great night out.

The Space, 269 Westferry Rd, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3RS

To get an idea of the historic significance of your surroundings, the Museum of Docklands service as an excellent gateway into the past, allowing you to look into the Victorian era and beyond. To find out about current exhibitions, please visit

Museum of Docklands, Hertsmere Rd, West India Quay, London E14 4AL

Not a day goes by when the O2 Arena isn’t rocked by a big name in the music business. From Madness to Madonna, there’s something there for everybody, as long as you don’t mind the company of up to 20,000 other revellers there. For a more intimate experience, you can check out an even at the adjacent Indigo2.

The O2, North Greenwich, London SE10 0DX

A short journey away from Canary Wharf, you will reach the multicultural Mecca of Brick Lane, also known as “Banglatown”. This long stretch of a one-way street is home to countless Bengali curry houses, bringing the spices of the east to the capital.

Brick Lane, Aldgate, London E1

Horror fans need not look any further than the London Dungeon. Just a short ride away on the tube, the London Dungeon catalogues the gruesome minutiae of London’s history with bone-chilling detail from the Bubonic Plague to the Great Fire of London. Let the torture begin!

London Dungeon, 28-34 Tooley Street, London SE1 2SZ

You may want to explore Maritime Greenwich for a bit of that “Ship Ahoy!” feeling. You can get on board the Cutty Sark, shop for nautical souvenirs at the beautiful weekend market or discover the riches of the fascinating Maritime Museum.

Maritime Greenwich, London SE10 9HT

Shop till you drop locally at the Canary Wharf at the Cabot Place and Jubilee Place malls. Many of the internationally well-known shops are open till late and offer a full range of all you would expect from a high quality shopping mall, from fashion to technology and all in-between. Don’t miss on the latest offers at:

One Canada Square, London E14 5A

Canary Wharf is the home to London’s largest collection of outdoors public art(with 67 artworks to date) from some of the most well-respected artists working today. It has received numerous awards including the international Christie’s award for best Corporate Art Collection: Fortuna by Helaine Blumenfeld; Couple on Seat by Lynn Chadwick; Testa Addormentata by Igor Mitoraj. For the full list of the art work please refer to the Canary Wharf Art work map included with your Welcome pack.

Open 4th November 2017 – 24th February 2018
Monday – Thursday 12.15pm – 9.45pm
Friday 10.45am – 10.45pm
Saturday – Sunday 9am – 10.30pm

Get your skates on, Ice Rink Canary Wharf has returned to Canada Square Park for 16 magical weeks of ice skating beneath the twinkling lights. Open seven days a week, it’s the perfect place to enjoy one of London’s most loved winter traditions.

If you want to eat, drink and shop all in one go, Canary Wharf is the spot. Stay close to the action at the rink-side bar, or choose from the array of restaurants, bars, and shops surrounding the ice rink.

Cinema-Everyman Canary Wharf
At Croosrail Place Level-2, Canary Wharf, E14 5AR

A unique experience, Everyman Cinemas is an independent network of boutique cinemas. With a passion for quality, from service of food and drink to seating and films, every cinema also has a unique bar or foyer space.

Canary Wharf’s Crossrail station won’t actually have any trains in it until Dec 2019, but the perks it’s bringing to the area are already starting to flourish, and this one literally. Designed by innovative British architects Foster + Partners, the Crossrail Place roof gardens are covered almost entirely by a lattice of timber and air-filled plastic cushions which opens in the centre to allow a bit of the actual natural world in, come rain or shine. In the nineteenth century trading ships which had travelled all over the world would use the area’s docks, and the planting has been chosen to reflect this exotic bit of history; many of the species chosen are indigenous to countries the traders would have visited.

The development consists of four floors of shopping, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Why not make a new friend while you’re in London? With a bit of luck you might just get to meet Jack the Ripper himself while taking a guided tour of the East End. Bloody and gory, these events are great fun but may not necessarily be the more family-friendly choice of entertainment. For more information on the walks, go to

Meet outside Tower Hill tube station, every night at 7:30pm

Wining and Dining

Canary Wharf has turned into a gastronomy hub, with something on offer for every last taste bud out there. The malls around Canary Wharf station will provide a convenient antidote to your indecision when it comes to food. While tastes may vary, here are some suggestions from the area to turn your evenings into banquets and feasts. For more information, please refer to

1) Wagamama (Jubilee Place) dishes up a highquality menu of Japanese noddle soup dishes that will literally numb all your sense with hot flavours served in family-style seating. Perhaps not an ideal choice for a first date, but the beginning of another life-long love affair.

2) Smollensky’s(1 Reuters Place) is popular with the local office workers for steak and beer after work (especially when the weather is nice), but it also offers a more conventional dining experience on its restaurant floor upstairs, with a selection of outstanding Californian wines on the menu.

3) The Grapes (76 Narrow Street) is one of the oldest pubs in London and is known for being owned by local celebrity Sir Ian Mckellan. If you fancy a chat with Gandalf over a pint of beer and some solid British gastro-pub food, served up with a side serving of spectacular views over the River Thames, you may just have found your match.

4) Boisdale(Cabot Place) is a classy oyster bar that offers some of the finer menus available in the local area. However, making sure it isn’t too formal or stuffy, it is also a venue for jazz musicians and cigar lovers. With spectacular view over Cabot Square and the River Thames, it certainly makes for the kind of establishment that you would impress your mother-in-law with.

5) Birleys Salt Beef Bar Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack, pick up your bagel, bloomer or rye bread stuffed with your choice of hot meat to die for traditionally cooked salt beef, pastrami, turkey and other specialities. Round off with a filter coffee and we guarantee you’ll be back for more.

6) Chai Ki open for lunch and dinner: Offers a lunch prix fixe menu and a dinner a la carte menu both with a selection of Modern Indian sharing plates, featuring traditional flavours and ingredients, alongside a carefully selected wine & drinks list.

7) Hazev Enjoy a blend of modern and classic Eastern Mediterranean cuisine of Anatolia in the heart of the Docklands at Canary Wharf. Spectacularly sat by the river, imagine yourself on the Bosphorus while sampling a vast array of dishes all specially prepared by our expert Turkish chefs.

8) Roka Canary Wharf’s award winning Japanese restaurant, serving contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine in striking yet informal surroundings.

For the full list of the dining out options please refer to the Eating out Guide(Map)provided with the Welcome pack.