Canary Wharf is London’s bankers’ heartland, alongside its much older and more traditional brother, the City of London. Standing proud on the skyline of London, Canary Wharf is a rejuvenated, vibrant and modern area that has sprung up since the early 1990s, occupying old docklands. Canary Wharf is, in essence, contemporary London: Home to many of Europe’s tallest buildings, and indeed home to the UK’s second highest, this thriving financial district is the hub of business in the capital.
On first thoughts, Canary Wharf might seem to be a mass of skyscrapers with business being the only focus. However, tucked within the overwhelming cityscape, and nestled underneath and within, are a range of different options giving Canary Wharf a multi-layered and complex environment.
Stands in stark juxtaposition to the overwhelming modernity and money-rich Canary Wharf of today. Here you will find an impressive 10 exhibitions walking you through the trade and social history of this unique area. There is also the interactive exhibition ‘Mudlarks’ suitable for younger visitors with a focus on story-telling and play. (link: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands )
Across the river, and within easy reach by road or boat, lies the O2 , previously known as the Millenium Dome. An eye-catching structure, the O2 plays host to a myriad of events and exhibitions as well as permanently being an entertainment and dining hotspot with a plethora of bars, restaurants and a cinema. (link: http://www.theo2.co.uk/ )
Third Space offers luxury spa and gym facilities to the discerning in the area. There are a staggering three floors of high quality training facilities including a climbing wall, pool, and basketball court, alongside multiple gyms and weights facilities. There are over 200 classes offered per week, with spa and wellness facilities alongside a wonderful restaurant. (link: https://www.thirdspace.london/canary-wharf/ )
Whilst not usually considered high on the agenda for shopping in London, Canary Wharf shouldn’t be overlooked. Here you will find luxury delights such as leather goods from Aspinal of London delectable chocolates from Charbonnel et Walker, state of the art luxury sound systems from Bang and Olufsen and the sophisticated perfumes of Penhaligon’s.
For traditional shopping, and something unique to Canary Wharf, there is Billingsgate Market, the UK’s largest inland fish market. Whether you’re on the lookout for inspiration for dinner, or simple want to people watch, this is an eclectic and immersive place to absorb London life. (link: http://www.billingsgatefishmarket.org/)
Of course, with big name powerful clients to wine and dine there are some stylish culinary focal points in the Canary Wharf area, rich with offerings. The French tastes Plateau or Le Relais de Venise are a stone’s throw from the live music eatery of Boisdale and Japanese vibe of Roka. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity of dining at the stunning riverside restaurant Hazev.
A little way out from central London, Canary Wharf is easily accessible by the unique Docklands Light Railway, and the Jubilee Line Underground extension. Visitors to this area are often here on business, visiting Canary Wharf for meetings, conferences, and investments. However, Canary Wharf is rich in opportunities whether cultural, historical, or entertainment-based.
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