CANARY WHARF

Canary Wharf is a thriving artistic and lifestyle hub; a sustainable city-within-a-city where people can work, live and play, with more than 300 shops, bars and restaurants, an award-winning events programme, and a colourful open-air gallery that’s the largest free to visit public art exhibition in the UK. All of that exists within a 15-minute walk, making it easy to soak up everything Canary Wharf has to offer.

YINKA ILORI | BASKETBALL COURT

Canary Wharf has opened its first ever 3 x 3 basketball court at Bank Street Park and it’s been designed by renowned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori. Yinka brings his colour-obsessed style to this vibrant installation that covers the entirety of the court’s surface and the walls that surround it. The theme of the installation is ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ and the court aims to inspire visitors to the area as we emerge from a difficult period, and it’s free to the public so you can get down there between now and the end of October and shoot some hoops.

CAMILLE WALALA | CAPTIVATED BY COLOUR

Adams Pl Bridge, 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.

ELECTRIC SHUFFLE

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.

THE ALCHEMIST

£££
Reuters Plaza, London E14 5AJ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 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.

BAR BOLIVAR

2 Reuters Plaza, London E14 5AJ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 4:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 4:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 4:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 9:30 PM

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.

THE IVY IN THE PARK

50 Canada Square, London E14 5FW, 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.

PERGOLA ON THE WHARF

Crossrail Pl, London E14 5AR, UK

Pergola on the Wharf is a waterside spot flooded with natural light and filled with foliage.The huge space is perched above Canary Wharf’s north dock, meaning you’ll be treated to panoramic views across the Estate. It’s got everything you need for a day and night out, including three bars, food pop-ups and an in-house kitchen plus live music and DJ sets. There’s also a 200-capacity terrace which wraps around the venue in the beautiful Crossrail Roof Garden – perfect for some al fresco fun.

IBERICA

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12 Cabot Square, London E14 4QQ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • 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 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 8:00 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.

CROSSRAIL PLACE ROOF GARDEN

Crossrail Pl, London E14 5AB, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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.

JUBILEE PARK

Bank St, London E14 5JP, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • 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.

HARBOUR QUAY GARDENS IN WOOD WHARF

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.

CANADA SQUARE PARK

Canada Square, 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.

AWAKN

1, 45 Jubilee, Bank St, London E14 5NY, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Awakn Canary Wharf is built to make you mentally sharper and physically stronger. This luxury wellness venue offers up a great mix of classes for those looking for a health boost including strength training, cardio, and boxing. Awakn’s mission is to give you the mental tools for improving in and out of the gym as well as working your body, so you awakn your inner strength.

BARRY'S

1 Crossrail Pl, London E14 5AR, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 5:45 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:45 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:45 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 5:45 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 5:45 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Originating in LA, Barry’s is an indoor boutique bootcamp that’ll shock your system with a combo of strength and cardio workouts, set to pumping nightclub tunes in their famous red-lit rooms. The exercises and intervals are varied to keep you working hard – you can burn over 1000 calories in a hour at some of the classes here. The trainers are industry famous and specialise in maximising potential, so you’ll defo work up a sweat.

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