Where to stay in Canary Wharf
What do to in Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf is one of London’s two main financial districts (along with the City of London), built on the site of the old West India Docks in London’s East End.
It’s a masterpiece of urban regeneration and modern architecture that can be seen for miles around, with a high-rise skyline featuring some of Europe’s tallest buildings.
This thriving business district is not just for bankers and brokers, however – Canary Wharf shopping is fantastic and with stylish bars and relaxed riverside dining there is so much going on in the heart of London’s vibrant East End, putting a world of diverse cultures and cuisines on your doorstep.
Of course, the advantage of these tall buildings is that they offer unrivalled views across the rest of London, and you'll be hard-pressed to find short stay accommodation or other serviced apartments in London with such fabulous vistas.
Canary Wharf restaurants
Over 80 restaurants and cafés line Canary Wharf’s waterside, with stunning views of the modern skyline and the historic River Thames. You can choose from the Michelin-starred Tom’s Kitchen, or any number of high end restaurant chains, unique gastropubs, fancy cocktail bars and classic wine bars.
There are plenty of international cuisines on offer too, from Mexican and Argentinian to Japanese and Spanish tapas. It’s a perfect spot for a business lunch with an impressive view, or a few hours of relaxed post-work drinking and dining.
Canary Wharf Shopping
Canary Wharf’s main shopping mall is a good match for its sharp-suited corporate workforce, with plenty of luxury brands like Tiffany and Breitling alongside higher-end high street names, international labels and small designer boutiques.
The majority of Canary Wharf shops are open seven days a week until late in the evening, and are easy to access from the Docklands Light Railway stations at Canary Wharf and West India Avenue.
Jubilee Place Mall is smaller but no less exclusive – it’s a great shopping location for gifts or designer brands, away from the crowds of the West End.
Canary Wharf is easy to get to from all over London – the easiest route is via the Docklands Light Railway, which connects to the London underground network and uses the same ticketing system. There are also a number of bus routes that cover the area, including a night bus service so you can travel around the area 24 hours a day.
You can also get there via the river on a Thames Clipper or water taxi to Canary Wharf Pier. Or if you’re feeling energetic, you can take a riverside walk or cycle along the beautiful Thames Path.
Things to watch out for
Canary Wharf is home to the Museum of London Docklands, which explores the fascinating history of the Docklands and the River Thames from Roman times to today. A statue in front of the museum commemorates Robert Milligan, a merchant and ship owner who built the West India Docks.
Over 100,000 people work in Canary Wharf, which is home to the global or European headquarters of many banks, professional services firms and media organisations.
These include Barclays, Citigroup, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, Infosys, Fitch Ratings, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, MetLife, Moody's, Morgan Stanley and Thomson Reuters.