Canary Wharf is one of London’s most important financial districts and because of that, it’s filled with high rise buildings where some of the city’s most vital business is conducted on a daily basis. With over 100,000 people working here, it’s an exciting place to do your job, entertain clients and shop during your time off. If you’re new to working in the area, you naturally want to know what to expect. Use this guide to help you navigate the area.
About Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf was once one of the busiest docks in the world, but new ways of transport and storage meant the docks were less important and the area became rundown with many of the old wharves and warehouses left to ruin. In the 1980s, the whole Docklands area became the subject of regeneration, transforming into the busy area it is today, including the Canary Wharf area. The area has some pricey rental options and the population is mostly professionals without children.
A well connected transportation system makes Canary Wharf fairly easy to get to and move around. The tube station is on the Jubilee Line in Zone 2 with a trip to Westminster taking about 10 minutes. You can also use the Docklands Light Railway to access the many stations throughout the Isle of Dogs. There are also the River Thames water buses which has a stop at Canary Wharf. The London City Airport is about 20 minutes away, via the DLR.
One of the great things about Canary Wharf is that it boasts many restaurants offering a wide range of global cuisines when you get hungry for lunch or need to have a business meeting. You’ll love Roka for traditional Japanese cuisine, including gyoza and teriyaki. Havez is the place to go for mezze and baklava. There are sandwich shops, cafes , pubs and bars that are other options.
You’ll find a wide variety of places to shop in Canary Wharf. Aspinal of London is where to go for luxurious leather goods and Bang & Olufsen offers high quality sound systems and electronics. Penhaligon has been around since 1870 and sells boutique perfumes. If gourmet chocolates is what you’re craving, a visit to Charbonnel et Walker is a must. Main shopping areas are the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, Canada Place, and Jubilee Place.
After Work Entertainment
Many of the same places for lunch are an option for after office hours for a drink, meal or night out. The O2 features a cinema and a number of bars and restaurants as well as being a major show arena. The Museum of London Docklands is a fun place to learn more about the area, from its settlement in the Roman era to today.
If you are lucky enough to work in such a dynamic part of London, you can commute in, rent in the area or consider the serviced apartments Canary Wharf has where you can take advantage of a variety of amenities. They’re a great way to get the full Canary Wharf experience and create a life you love.