Canary Wharf is London’s bankers’ heartland, alongside its much older and more traditional sibling, the City of London. If you’re travelling on financial business, make sure you check out where in London you need to be – staying in serviced apartments in Canary Wharf makes sense if you’re doing business at places such as Canada Square. Standing proud on the skyline of London, Canary Wharf is a rejuvenated, vibrant and modern area that has sprung up since the early 1990s, occupying old docklands. This gives the area a distinctive and vibrant feel with history meandering through. Canary Wharf is, in essence, contemporary London: home to many of Europe’s tallest buildings, and indeed home to the UK’s third highest. This thriving financial district is the hub of business in the capital and there is a huge choice of Canary Wharf serviced apartments.
At first glance, Canary Wharf might seem to be a mass of skyscrapers with business being the only focus. It’s true that business is concentrated here, and business travellers will find this the place to be. However, tucked within the impressive cityscape, and nestled underneath and within, are a range of different options making Canary Wharf a multi-layered and complex environment that makes it popular with the leisure traveller too.
The Museum of London Docklands stands in stark juxtaposition to the striking modernity and money-rich Canary Wharf of today. However, from the building itself to the exhibits within, it showcases why the Docklands has been such an important part of shaping London’s history. Here you will find an impressive 10 exhibitions walking you through the trade and social history of this unique area. There is also the interactive exhibition called ‘Mudlarks’ which is suitable for younger visitors with a focus on story-telling and play.
Across the river, and within easy reach by road or boat, lies the O2, previously known as the Millennium Dome. An eye-catching structure, the O2 plays host to myriad events and exhibitions as well as permanently being an entertainment and dining hotspot with a plethora of bars, restaurants and a cinema. Adrenalin junkies can even walk over the roof.
Third Space is Europe’s largest luxury health club. It offers luxury spa and gym facilities to the discerning in the area. There are a staggering three floors of high quality training facilities including a climbing wall, pool, and basketball court, alongside multiple gyms and weights facilities. There are over 200 classes offered per week, with spa and wellness facilities alongside a wonderful restaurant.
Crossrail Roof Garden is a way to get up and above and enjoy a wander through some lush plants, open 7 days a week. The trails here are accessible and there are often pop-up installations. Alternatively, grab a bite to eat and head to the oasis of calm that is Jubilee Park. Many Canary Wharf serviced apartments benefit from greener views than you’d anticipate.
Canary Wharf is famed for its pop-ups and temporary art installations. From a Christmas ice-skating rink to interactive displays that draw the crowds, there’s always something new going on. When you book a serviced apartment at Canary Wharf, be sure to check out what’s on at the time of your visit.
From open swimming in Middle Dock to hot tub boats and BBQ boats, there’s always a way to get on the water near to Canary Wharf.
It may be a business district but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good shopping opportunities. Indeed, with the wealth of the area, there are plenty of places in Canary Wharf to go shopping. Here you will find luxury delights such as leather goods from Aspinal of London, delectable chocolates from Charbonnel et Walker, state of the art luxury sound systems from Bang and Olufsen and the sophisticated perfumes of Penhaligon’s.
Something unique to Canary Wharf is Billingsgate Market, the UK’s largest inland fish market. Whether you’re on the lookout for inspiration for dinner, or simply want to people watch, this is an eclectic and immersive place to absorb London life. It’s also hugely historic, so a fascinating place to be. Get here early though – it closes at 8 am and most trading is done between 4 am and 6 am!
There are several malls around Canary Wharf that interconnect, including Jubilee Place Mall and Churchill Place Mall. Wander through the tunnels and explore.
Underneath Crossrail Roof Gardens is Crossrail Place. Here there is a wide range of shops as well as restaurants, gyms and cinemas.
There’s a huge range of choice with places to eat in Canary Wharf. Whether you need to impress clients, fuel up after a day’s work, or keep the family fed, there’s something for everyone. Indeed, staying in Canary Wharf apartments is a real pleasure because there are so many different restaurants and eateries on your doorstep.
With Billingsgate Market around the corner, you should check out this London seafood restaurant. It may have a Californian feel but you’ll be right inside One Canada Square.
Enjoy classic Indian dishes with a modern twist. Make sure you ask for a table on the roof terrace.
Step back from the hustle and bustle into this 1950s-style bar with sophisticated yet relaxed dining and locally-sourced dishes.
Hugely popular, Roka is the place to come for upmarket Japanese food with outstanding grilled meats and wonderfully fresh fish.
For the best street food in Canary Wharf, head to the Market Halls to check out the local traders.
A little way out from central London, Canary Wharf is easily accessible by the unique Docklands Light Railway, and the Jubilee Line Underground extension. Visitors to this area are often here on business, visiting Canary Wharf for meetings, conferences, and investments. However, Canary Wharf is rich in opportunities whether cultural, historical, or entertainment-based. Serviced apartments in Canary Wharf are popular for both business and leisure travellers. In this location, you can find some of the best value apartments alongside some of the finest. Scroll down to see our selection of Canary Wharf serviced apartments and learn more about this distinctive and inviting area of London.
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