From winter markets to ice rinks, London is going full Christmas this year, and Canary Wharf is one neighbourhood that’s really turning up the holiday cheer with a whole host of winter wonders to experience.
It doesn’t get more festive than going for a spin on ice, and the ice rink in Canada Square Park is the perfect place to get your skates on this winter. Not only is the rink decorated with hundreds of fairy lights with the skyline of Canary Wharf as the backdrop, it’s covered too so you don’t have to worry about the weather. Better yet, it’s open for its longest season yet, so you can show off your skating skills and sip on hot chocolate and mulled wine well into February.
‘Tis the season of giving and if you’ve got a present list longer than Santa’s, Canary Wharf is the place to cross those names off. There are more than 120 stores across beauty, fashion, tech, homeware and more in the area’s five malls. With brands including Jo Malone London, Maje, Space NK, Samsung, Kiehl’s, The Kooples, Paul Smith, COS, Monica Vinader, Oliver Bonas and The White Company, so you’ll have no problem grabbing great gifts.
If you want to give yourself a little festive treat, you can pick up goodies from the likes of Godiva, Humble Grape and Charbonnel et Walker. Better still, you can round up your mates for pre-Christmas dinner and drinks; with Six By Nico, Seoul Bird, Roka, Pergola on the Wharf, The Ivy in the Park, Boisdale of Canary Wharf, and Hawksmoor just some of the restaurants that call Canary Wharf home, you won’t struggle for somewhere to go.
With all that’s happening at Canary Wharf this Christmas, plus all the green spaces to explore and the largest free-to-visit outdoor public art collection in the UK to check out, it’s handy that the neighbourhood is super accessible by public transport and easy to navigate on foot. If you plan on doing lots of Christmas shopping, Canary Wharf is also offering three hours of free parking at weekends and Bank Holidays when you spend over £10 at any of the shops, cafes, bars or restaurants, so you can load up your boot with pressies. Want to make it an extra special Christmas? Enter this competition for a chance of winning a £1000 Canary Wharf gift card, valid until 31st December, to spend at the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Canary Wharf, London, E14