Canary Wharf in London is mostly known for being a business hub. However very few people know that with 1000 ships a month passing through it, Canary Wharf was once the hub of the British Empire. Today, Canary Wharf is an empire of Finance, IT & Startups that is residing in these skyscrapers. However the remains of the older empire can be easily found by the curious traveler.
Canary Wharf is a truly a shopper’s delight. It is made up of three arcades – Canada, Cabot and Jubilee Place. These arcades are surrounded by the Jubilee Park and house over 200 shops, bars, restaurants and cafes which are open seven days a week. Definitely a true paradise for shopaholics! The most prominent thing about these arcades is the beautiful mosaics that illustrate the Wharf’s heritage and its role in British history. With thousands of ships visiting, barrels of wine being imported and bales of wool being transported, it was like a beautiful fair at the Docklands!
Canary Wharf’s culinary offering will definitely surprise you. It offers a variety of hearty comfort food struck through British tradition and exotic cuisines from all across the world. There is quite literally something for everyone! The best places on our list have to be the newest hotspot Canada Square Restaurant & Bar, Tom’s Kitchen, Roka’s robata grill. You can spend your evening sipping your cocktail with a view at the Plateau or dance the night away with a whisky at Boisdale’s jazz-filled environment. One of the lesser known facts of Canary Wharf is that it is also a haven for viticulture. It is home to the prestigious Nicolas Wine with an impressive selection of wines available to taste. On a lunch break you may stop by at the Italian feast makers – Carluccio’s or breeze into Wahaca for an authentic Mexican bite.
A sure sign that summer has arrived – the Canary Wharf Summer Screens that are up between 19th June and 19th August. They make up for the perfect entertainment choice while you enjoy your lunch, Al fresco style. The highlights of the screen include Wimbledon, The British & Scottish Gold Opens, News, Current affairs and entertainment. Amongst the fun events happening at Canary Wharf, is the Beach Volleyball Championship. Three whole weeks from 30th June to 18th July of beach activity, pay-to-play court action & also a championship tournament for a registration fee of GBP250. Professional training is also provided and plenty of gifts are to be won. During the summer, Canada Square Park also hosts a variety of music performances to brighten up your lunch time. You can enjoy live music performances by emerging as well established musicians as you enjoy your break in Canada Square.
Be it shopping, food, wine, sports or music there is definitely something in store for everyone here. So next time you visit Canary wharf, don’t let it just be for business!