Canary Wharf is one of the neighbourhoods keeping the festivities going, all safe and socially distanced of course. Shops, cafés, bars and restaurants across the Estate are open, meaning you can start crossing off those Christmas lists, while the bars and restaurants are ready for you to drink and dine with your households and bubbles.


Adams Pl Bridge, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EL, UK

Camille Walala’s geometric designs are instantly recognisable and she’s brought her signature patterns to Canary Wharf with ‘Captivated by Colour’. Originally installed at Adams Plaza bridge as part of the inaugural London Mural Festival, the colourful work, which creates an optical pattern that shrinks and elongates as you move through the tunnel, is now a permanent addition to Canary Wharf’s public art collection.


Unnamed Road, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AP, UK
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Created by Henry Moore in 1957 and partly inspired by his memories of sheltering during the Blitz, bronze sculpture ‘Draped Seated Woman’, or ‘Old Flo’ as she’s more affectionately known, was originally installed in Stepney housing estate before being relocated to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the 90s. She’s now back in the East End as part of Canary Wharf’s public art collection, taking pride of place in Cabot Square.


If you’re in the mood for some friendly competition, then move on over to Electric Shuffle. They’ve levelled up traditional table shuffleboard with interactive screens and vision technology, so you focus on the game and not on the scoring. To keep you fuelled between rounds, Electric Shuffle serves up pizzas, craft beer and cocktails perfect for enjoying with your team.


Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AJ, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM

Spanning two floors plus a large outside terrace (which is heated in the winter), this is the largest branch of The Alchemist so there’s plenty of space for you to tuck into the all-day dining menu and get the drinks in. And when it comes to drinks the mixologists here don’t do things by halves – we’re talking lots of dry ice, smoke and fire alongside creative flavour combinations. Yes, these cocktails are made for the ‘gram.


2 Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AJ, UK

Travel back to 1950s Havana right in the heart of Canary Wharf at Bar Bolivar. Decked out like an old Havana hotel, the bar features a suitcase-cladded bar, ceiling fans, an indoor fountain, a signature wall for guests to sign….yes leaving your autograph is encouraged…and a covered terrace outside for al fresco drinking. There are plenty of Cuban-inspired cocktails on the drinks list, including the Hemingway Highball (vermouth, white rum, grapefruit & cranberry juice and cherry soda), the Gin Malecon (gin, orgeat, bitters, lime and pineapple juice), the Havana Old Fashioned (made with rum) and the Bolivar Mojito. Street food trader Pabellón is serving plantain and beef brisket arepas, rice bowls, plantain chips with chipotle mayo, grilled cheeses with truffled honey and Cubano sandwiches.


50 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 9FW, UK

Part of The Ivy restaurant group, The Ivy in the Park serves seasonal, modern British food from breakfast through to dinner, with classics like eggs benedict, crispy duck salad, lobster linguine, and shepherd’s pie on the menu. With art-covered walls and that signature slick Ivy decor, it’s glam enough for a dinner date yet relaxed enough for a weekend brunch with friends. And as it’s got an orangery and garden terrace, it’s perfect for al fresco dining and socialising too.


12 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QQ, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM

The Canary Wharf branch of the Spanish restaurant group is run by Cesar Garcia, the former protégé of Ibérica’s Executive Chef Nacho Manzano, so you can bet that the food is on point. Spanish classics like croquetas, albondigas, jamon iberico and seafood paella are all present and correct on the menu alongside an extensive Spanish wine list, with many bottles only available at Ibérica outside of Spain. As well as a wine bottle art installation and vintage posters filling the two-floor space, this Ibérica also boasts an exclusive terrace, La Terraza, open in the spring and summer months.


1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB, UK

There’s something for everyone at this underground shopping mall – you can pick up activewear from Lululemon, glasses from Ollie Quinn, jewellery from Monica Vinader, and you can even work up a sweat at wellness studio, Awakn. Once you’ve built up an appetite, you can grab a bite to eat from the likes of Bird and Ahi Poke at indoor food market, Wharf Kitchen.


1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB, UK
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM

If you’re looking to pick up some new threads, Canada Place shopping mall is the one as it’s home to fashion retailers like Mango, The Kooples and Levis. In between hitting the shops you can also squeeze in beauty appointments at Blink Brow Bar and refuel with sweet treats at Badiani Gelato.


Bank St, Canary Wharf, London E14 5JP, UK
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Filled with trees and cascading water features, Jubilee Park is a little oasis of calm amidst the atmosphere of the city. It’s the place to head for when you need to find some zen and when the sun is shining over the grass, there’s no better spot in the neighbourhood to sit and relax.


Marketing Suite, Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB, UK

Harbour Quay is the closest thing you’ll find to the beach in the capital, and if you stroll along the long boardwalk and look out over the water on a sunny day it definitely won’t feel like you’re in the city. There are plenty of great picnic spots on the lawn for when you want to chill out and watch the world go by or you can burn off some energy with the outdoor fitness equipment.


Crossrail Pl, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB, UK
  • Monday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM

You can’t beat a good rooftop, especially one that’s got a garden, and Crossrail Place Roof Garden is one of the biggest in London. It showcases some of the plants that were brought to the capital by explorers in the 18th and 19th centuries, and as Crossrail Place is almost exactly on the Meridian Line the layout reflects different hemispheres. You’ll find Asian plants like bamboo and Japanese maple on the eastern side of the garden, with ferns and sweet gum from the Americas on the western side. You can wander through and explore the foliage or take five on the benches nestled into the pathways.


Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14, UK

This is one of the most popular and beloved green spaces in Canary Wharf. Restaurants and bars like Shake Shack and The Parlour are dotted around the outside whilst the green itself plays host to a range of outdoor events throughout the summer like film screenings, children’s festivals and music concerts.


In addition to the beautiful landscaped garden space filled with seasonal flowers and shrubs, Westferry Circus is also home to a number of sculptures that form part of Canary Wharf’s public art collection, so it’s a great place to kick back and appreciate the artworks.