Popular places to eat and drink around Canary Wharf

Whether you want to relax and enjoy a quick bite to eat, a drink after work or a leisurely brunch at the weekend, you can experience the soul of Mexico in the heart of the city if you are at Canary Wharf- one of the London’s coolest neighbourhoods. The area is filled with the very best in food and drinks available around the world. With more than 300 shops, restaurants, coffee shops to fine dining-explore an extensive range of options for dining out and some of the best cocktails in town. Canary Wharf is always buzzing with new places to try and there’s something for all tastes!

Here are the few suggestions:

Tom’s Kitchen

Tom’s Kitchen


The restaurant serves British favourites using the very best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Tom’s Kitchen opens seven days a week, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and during weekends the restaurant serves its famed brunch. Busy food lovers can opt for take away option during the day.

Opening Hours

  • Monday –Friday 7.30am-11pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10am-11pm




You can indulge in some high quality and fresh combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill at Sticks’n’sushi restaurant. For those who are not fish lover, can try from a selection of delicious chicken, lamb, beef and vegetable skewers. All these items are grilled fresh to order. There is also a section for vegetarian dishes, salads and variety of other delicacies.

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Saturday 11.30am-11pm
  • Sunday-11.30am-10pm

Ibérica La Terraza

Ibérica La Terraza


London’s authentic Spanish restaurant, Ibérica La Terraza is nestled in a leafy corner of Cabot Square just few walks away from Canary Wharf tube station. The restaurant opens from brunch through to the evening serving a selection of tapas. You can also try a range of cocktails and al fresco dining here. Visit this terrace restaurant to enjoy truly Spanish experience which is reflected in its contemporary design, lighting and ambience.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 11am-11pm
  • Sunday 11am-6pm

All Bar One



A stylish city bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and sharing plates in a relaxed and cool ambience. The bar specialises in serving simple yet delicious food at affordable price and can serve you variety of wine for any occasion. All Bar One can be a good choice to spend some quality time over a drink right after work.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday –Wednesday 8am-11pm
  • Thursday-Saturday 8am-12 midnight
  • Sunday-10 am to 10.30pm

Obicà Mozzarella Bar

Obicà Mozzarella Bar


Home of outstanding authentic Italian regional cuisine in Canary Wharf, Obicà specialises in offering freshest buffalo mozzarella from Campania and other Italian delicacies that’s true to its roots. The Bar is buzzing spot for after work lunch and drinks. Every evening drink is served with little bites of salumi and mozzarella. You can pick from classic, smoked or creamy stracciatella enjoy your meals and drink in a relaxing ambiance.

Opening Hours

  • Monday-Friday- 9.30am-10pm
  • Saturday12noon-8pm
  • Sunday- Closed

During your visit to London, make sure to explore Canary Wharf. You can get many good accommodation options in this neighbourhood for your short city in the city. Search for a comfortable Canary Wharf serviced apartment if you want to live like a local away from the touristy grid. Apart from being fully furnished, these apartments have separate kitchen, dining and lounge area.  Staying in a rented apartment will help you to get comfortable and familiar with the new city.

London’s hidden yet splendid waterways you never knew were there

The most popular River in London Thames has posed patiently for many centuries fascinating tourists and locals alike but you have to dig little deeper to know the unknown, unseen and hidden waterways of the city. These rivers flow silently above ground, in plain sight but are usually unnoticed outside their neighbourhoods. These waterways or rivers have played a crucial role in London’s rural past, some of which includes the Crane, the Darent, the Mutton Brook, the Pool River.

London Hidden Waterways

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Spending time by the water’s edge which is an excellent breathing space makes the moments of peace feel so special. The forgotten stories of these rivers and the fascinating history of these waterways will definitely be magical. Lost rivers are everywhere, even in the places Londoners think they know very closely and that makes them far from being gone.

Here are the secret Rivers in London you probably didn’t know:

Beverley Brook

Beverley Brook

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Located south-west London, Beverley Brook joins the River Thames near Putney Bridge. In the 20th century for many years it was fed by poorly treated sewage from a sewerage works in Green Lane. Since 1998, with the beginning of improved treatment methods the presence of wildlife species in the river has gradually increased.

Bow Backs River

Bow Backs River

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The Bow Backs River feed into the River Lee Navigation and the Thames in East London. It is a complex of interconnected waterways between Bow and Stratford. Before the 2012 Olympics, the river was neglected part of the city. After careful restoration, the place is now a new destination for nature lovers, walkers and boaters.

Dollis Brook

Dollis Brook

A tributary of the River Brent, Dollis Brook flows eastwards through Totteridge Fields, and then to King George V Playing Fields. The name Dollis is deprived from English word ‘dole’, which means shares of land in the common field.  The Brook is extremely shallow but is a heaven for wildlife like water fowl, owls, fish and a variety of aquatic plants.

Hogsmill River

Hogsmill River

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A chalk spring in Ewell in Surrey, Hogsmill River is one of the tributaries of the River Thames. This 7 miles long river flows in a northerly direction through much low-lying land. Earlier between 1754 to 1875, the Hogsmill was occupied by a Gunpowder Mill Complex and presently, small part of this significant aspect of the Hogsmill’s history has been still preserved. You can embark on a journey and easily trace the river by on foot or by cycle.

River Brent

River Brent

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One of the London’s longest River, River Brent starts at the junction of Dollis Brook and joins the Thames at Brentford. The word Brent in English means “sacred waters”. The River is over 16 miles long and divides Willesden and Wembley districts. River Brent is popular with locals and nature lovers for its beautiful location.

If you are planning an upcoming vacation in the popular city London, do not miss to explore these hidden gems in the heart of the city that made the city and its cultural heritage through the ages. The city’s unique vibe and character can also be determined through these Rivers and waterways, which are wonderfully novel way to delve into a compelling, unknown part of the city.

During you visit to this city, to get the feel of local and lead the life of a Londoner, you can opt to stay in a serviced apartment in popular neighbourhoods like Shoreditch, Hackney, Greenwich, Islington and more.

A weekend gateway outside London

In your tour to the brimming city London, if you are done with exploring the popular attractions and nearby places that are in your travel itinerary then its time to move out of the city and experience something new.  While your short stay in London, you can also explore the nearby attraction outside the city which are just few hours drive.

If you’re feeling the need to escape London for a day, you have plenty of options to explore and travelling outside London is very easy as well. Plan for a great day out outside London, all of which are within a hour or two from the city if you travel by train.  The easiest way to get around the UK from London is travelling by train. Avail Bitrail London Plus pass, which provides access to popular cities in southern England including Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton. These passes are cheaper as well than buying separate tickets for each journey.

Here is a list of places that you can explore while you are in London.

Bexhill-On-Sea: See the seaside if weather permits. If it’s a bit damp, Bexhill Museum and De La Warr Pavilion offers excellent indoor activities and enjoy food at Bistro45 and enjoy the impressive view of the channel.

  • How to get there: Take Southeastern train from London Bridge
  • Estimate time to reach: 30 minutes


St Albans: Wonder through the stunning ruins of Sopwell Nunnery and explore the beautiful St Albans traditional street market.

  • How to get there: Board Southeastern train from St Pancras
  • Estimate time to reach: 20 minutes

St Albans

Windsor: Explore Windsor Castle, which is distinguished for its association with the English and later British royal family and for its amazing architecture. If it’s a sunny day, make sure to spend some quality time at the Savill Garden.

  • How to get there: First Great Western train from Paddington
  • Estimate time to reach: 30 minutes, from £8 return.

Windsor Castle

Hever Castle: Located near Edenbridge, this castle was built in 13th century.  Here, learn about Hever Castle, which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and home to Anne of Cleves.

  • How to get there: South West train from Waterloo
  • Estimate time to reach: 40 minutes

Hever Castle

To get detailed information about travelling in London and suggestions for the quickest route to reach your destination, use Transport for London’s journey planner.

A must-visit to UK this summer – for an eternal lifetime experience!

Beat the heat this summer by visiting UK that is waiting for you with a lot of excitement and experiences. Ideal for romantic getaway, child friendly activities, scrumptious food, varied summer events, rural escapes, fun spots, cultural activities and much more, this place is the heaven where one finds comfort, luxury and pacification in a fine combination.

Exciting things to enjoy in the capital this summer!

Summer in london

Visiting London will certainly end your summer with good memories. Get ready to enjoy several kinds of exciting events ranging from the traditional to the eccentric. Check out few highlights below for the interesting things going to happen in the town this summer.

Sundance Film Festival at Picture House Central – June 2 – June 5

Sundance Film Festival

Back for a long weekend in June, the Sundance Film Festival features premieres of some hottest movies and documentaries from the mother festival in January. So, don’t miss it out because this year the whole festival will unspool for the very first time at the lovely Picturehouse Central cinema in the West End.

Queen’s House 400th anniversary and reopening

Queen's House

If you are planning a visit to London this summer, you are definitely going to make it worthwhile. Closed for renovation last year, The Queen’s House will reopen for its 400th anniversary on July 4, 2016. You will get to witness wonderful art collection of the Royal Museums, superb interiors and classic paintings on the walls.

The 4th of July in London

4th of July in London

Let’s make your way to this remarkable event with Londoners who surely know how to throw a good Fourth of July party. Get ready to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the capital with a bang!

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Like Londoners, you are definitely going to like the Somerset House’s annual gig series. This venue is ideally renowned for its open-air festival stage right in the centre of London where artists love playing to a fascinated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames. Artists like Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith and Adele have all wooed the audiences and 2016 is also going to make it big!

This list doesn’t end here.There is a lot more to enjoy and experience..

So if you are planning a short or a long visit to London, make sure to stay at a convenient and hassle free location offering easy access to all these places. Rather than looking out for hotels, book a serviced apartment in london and its neighbourhoods like Camden, Greenwich, Borough and Piccadilly. Unlike hotels, the serviced apartments are budget friendly and provide you a lot of flexibility and privacy with comfort and luxury.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Attended by more than 150,000 visitors every year, The Chelsea Flower Show has indeed become a significant venue for watching the gardening trends. The most acclaimed in the calendar of horticulturalists, it is the world’s greatest flower exhibition held at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea. Come here and experience this wonderful show which offers you beautiful gardens, healing plants, woodlands and other horticultural displays. The flower show will feature the latest trends in garden designs and developments in horticulture.


The most acclaimed in the calendar of horticulturalists, it is the world’s greatest flower exhibition held at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea. Come here and experience this wonderful show which offers you beautiful gardens, healing plants, woodlands and other horticultural displays. The flower show will feature the latest trends in garden designs and developments in horticulture.

The range of gardens and flowers is quite diverse. It is an excellent exhibit of blooms and celebrities. The extravagant gardens are the most lovely thing and this is created by 800 imaginative garden designers. After spending almost a month over 11 acre site, these designers have created horticultural marvels. The flower show is indeed a treat for both gardeners and non-gardeners.

Chelsea Flower Show

Let us  look at some of the top highlights of the 2016 show. Here you go!

  • The Flower Show is attended by The Queen and royalty of the gardening world.
  • An acoustic garden that is inspired by the world-leading percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie
  • 80 foot carriage from the Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  • ‘The British Eccentrics Garden’ by Diarmuid Gavin.

What You Must Know About The Show

Opening Times:

May 24 and May 25 – 08.00 AM TO 08.00 PM (for RHS members only)

May 26 and May 27 – 08.00 AM to 08.00 PM

May 28 – 08.30 AM to 05.30 PM

Address: Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR

How to come here

Get down at Sloane Square Tube Station. Take a left turn down Lower Sloane St. from the station. Reach at the junction of Lower Sloane St and then take a right turn into Royal Hospital Rd. It will take you straight to the venue.

Where to Stay

Book a nice serviced apartment in Chelsea if you are visiting the city to attend the show. Chelsea is a vibrant neighbourhood that offers access to various parts of London. You can get a wide range of serviced apartments here at much cheaper rates and the apartments will let you live like a local. The apartments are comfortable, well equipped and well located with easy connectivity to public transportation, restaurants and shopping destinations.

Famous places to see in Islington

A district in Greater London, Islington is part of the London Borough of Islington and it extends from Islington High Street to Highbury Fields.

Islington is mainly a residential district and brings together the stylish Georgian squares with not-so stylish and trendy parts.  The neighbourhood has a thriving theatre state and thrilling nightlife.

Islington is well served by various bus routes. The key bus interchange is situated near Angel Tube Station which is the closest tube station along with Essex Road Train Station and King’s Cross.

Some of the famous places to see in Islington include

Victoria Miro

Victoria Miro is a British modern art gallery that showcases the works of artists across Europe, Asia and United States. The gallery has received accolades and wide appreciation from all over. Located in an 8,000 square feet, it has been converted into Victorian furniture warehouse.

Victoria Miro

The Little Angel Theatre

This children’s theatre showcases a display for the art of puppetry. The theatre was founded by master puppeteer John Wilkes in the 1960s. It is popular for producing theatre that can surprise people of all ages with its brilliance.

The Little Angel Theatre

Crafts Council

The Crafts Council in Islington is home to Britain’s largest crafts gallery. It is the place where various exhibitors showcase their work all throughout the year. Crafts Council also come with a reference and a picture library, a cafe and a centre for information.

Crafts Council islington

Japanese Gallery Islington

The Japanese gallery was established in the year 1977  and comes with a range of Japanese Art. Four Japanese woodcut exhibitions take place every year. You can also buy Japanese wood block prints from the gallery.

Japanese Gallery Islington

James Freeman Gallery

Exhibiting contemporary paintings and photography by young and talented artists from Britain, James Freeman art gallery located on the Upper Street is worth a visit. The gallery is committed to reasonably priced, unique and original art by upcoming artists.

James Freeman Gallery

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Islington Square

Islington Square was built in the Edwardian Baroque style during the early 1900s. Home to the Former North London Mail Centre, the square fronts onto Upper Street and sits next to Gibson Square and Milner Square.

Islington Square

Besides these, you can also go to the Angel Building and St John the Evangelist’s Roman Catholic Church.

Islington is a lovely neighbourhood to stay in London. From penthouses with a unique London edge to comfortable serviced apartments, Islington offers all kinds of accommodation options to business and leisure travellers alike.

Driving in the UK

In UK, you drive on the left side of the road and this is a little unusual for most of expats. When you are coming from some other country, driving here needs some readjustment to ensure you are safe on the road. The United Kingdom is one out of 76 countries where you drive on the left hand side of the road.

Driving in the UK

Here is a guide on driving in the UK, telling you what to expect.

Road Infrastructure in the UK

Driving in the UK can be great fun if you have mastered being on the left-hand side of the road and having the steering wheel on the right.

In Great Britain, there are ‘A-roads’, ‘B-roads’, and motorways, often simply called ‘M-roads’. Let us look at all of them separately:

A-roads: These are federal roads and the ones between cities.

B-roads: These are local routes and have less traffic.

M-roads: These are the large freeways and are meant for fast driving in the UK.

The roads in Northern Ireland follow a different scheme. There are ‘C-roads’ that are minor roads.

There are hardly any toll roads for driving.


Greater London

Driving in the UK’s large cities such as London can be quite difficult. The public transportation system is very comprehensive so it is advisable to use that. Almost all the neighbourhoods are well connected to the public transport system. These neighbourhoods of London come with numerous serviced apartments options for travellers.

London is known for having lots of smog and pollution and to reduce that, the city takes several measures by levying Congestion Charge in Central London to minimize traffic. Along with this a “Low Emission Zone” was implemented for driving in the UK’s Greater London area in 2008. This requires people to pay in case their vehicle does not meet the standards.

The UK Highway Code

The minimum driving age is 17 years. When you are driving in the UK, you have to follow British road rules whether you are a local license holder or a foreign license holder. Some of the rules are as follows:

  • Seatbelts has to be worn by everyone in the car.
  • Kids who are under the age of 12 cannot sit in the front seats.
  • 8 percent is the legal blood alcohol for the one who is driving
  • If you park illegally, your car can get towed
  • Usage of hand-held phone is illegal. It results in huge fines and penalty points to your license. You should even avoid using hands-free or headset mobiles for a safe drive.
  • Speeding is illegal. If caught, there are fines and penalty points. There are speed cameras and automatic license plate recognition and it is very important to be cautious. The speed limits are 29.8 km/hour for cars in towns and cities, 59.6 km/h on single-lane carriageways and 69.5 km/h on dual-lane carriageways as well as motorways.

When you violate a rule, you get penalty points and if you have more than 12 penalty points in 3 years, your license gets revoked for not less than 6 months.

Note: You may face a fine, a court appearance, a longer disqualification or jail depending on the offence and penalty points.

If you are disqualified for more than 56 days, you have to apply for a new license and take another driving test.

If you get 6 penalty points within the first 2 years of driving, your license will be suspended. This is for new drivers.

The rules and regulations of Northern Ireland are different and hence you should check it separately.