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Docklands and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Docklands and surrounding areas

"The glass and steel of Canary Wharf's towering architecture is other-worldly..."

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"Canary Wharf's striking developments offer views as far as the eye can see..."

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"Canary Wharf's exclusive developments look stunning when reflected in the docks below."

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Where do Docklands and surrounding areas locals go?

The Gun

A lovely riverside tavern hidden on the east side of the Isle with excellent food. The best place for a Sunday roast in East London and a good selection of real ales too.

Shades of Green

In The Quarterdeck, just along Westferry Road, Shades of Green is owned by Bob who is a great bloke. He loves a chat about football and in fact, if you look closely through the right hand window, you can see him in action snipping away!

Canada Square Park

Whether it's a music event, car exhibition or watching a top sporting match on one of the big screens, sit back and grab a drink in the heart of Canary Wharf.

The Lotus

Take in the Canary Wharf skyline while having dim sum from this floating Chinese restaurant.

Canary Wharf shopping

Shop 'til you drop in the two underground shopping malls. Indulge in high-end brands and boutiques and spend that hard-earned cash in style.


A great place to go if you are a fan of contemporary Japanese cuisine. Try the "Beef tataki" with smoked cheese, chives and soy roasted almonds - it's amazing and they also offer a very wide selection of premium sake.

One Canada Square

A lovely place for elegant drinks and dinner or after-work drinks. Food served throughout the day and with a range of deals too.


The Cineworld at West India Quay is moments from bars and restaurants, so grab a drink and food before and after the showings.

Noodle Street

A cracking little Chinese restaurant on a random street, tucked away amongst a number of residential blocks. Great food and it's always full. Good prices too and if you can't be bothered to leave the house, they deliver!


Amazing Turkish pastries and much more! It's the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, with lovely views as well.

Terrace Bar at Wahaca

Mouthwatering Mexican market food in the centre of Canary Wharf. In addition to the restaurant, there's also a pop-up in Canada Square so you can devour a burrito and enjoy the sunshine in the park! Try the frijoles & tortilla and salted caramel ice cream - you won't regret it!

The Attic

Amazing views of Canary Wharf and great for evening cocktails on the 48th floor of Pan Peninsula - a stunning place that will impress someone on a first date! The Pornstar Martinis are amazing too!

Crossrail Place

Not just a terminal for Crossrail, but a mecca for restaurants and shopping. There is also a lovely relaxing winter garden.

Billingsgate Market

If you're cooking up a seafood dinner, this is the place to go to pick up high-quality and reasonably priced fish - way better than the supermarket.

Mudchute Park and Farm

An excellent activity for children and adults alike. The farm has a host of animals that you can feed and the park is an oasis of calm just moments from the businesses in Canary Wharf. You can also book horse riding lessons at the stables, admire the allotments or enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast at the farm kitchen.

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Child-friendly activities near Docklands and surrounding areas

Dantastic Musical Baby & Toddler Class

Dantastic's Musical Baby & Toddler class is a brilliant hour of interactive singing games dancing puppets parachutes and bubbles led by Dantastic himself. Website

Boutique Beauty Pilates & Dance

Westferry Studios
No membership no joining fee no contracts- getting fit and looking beautiful is easy at this dance and beauty studio in Limehouse. Their lively timetable covers pilates yoga pregnancy yoga and more as well as children and toddler ballet and children's hip hop dancing coming soon! Boutique Beauty, Pilates & Dance also offers a number of treatments including waxing, spray tans, body treatments and facials. Prices: Classes are continuous and don't break for holidays. You can purchase blocks of classes for £60 for six (adult class) sessions and these can be redeemed on any weekly class or carried over to a following week (excluding classes organised by external providers). We are offering a limited timetable at weekends and classes are available as 6-week courses at £75 per course. Website

Gymboree Docklands

Gymboree are the experts in early childhood development and we know children, we know what works, what engages, and what is appropriate for the many different developmental stages between birth and age 5. Website

Yoga Creation

Westferry Studios
This excellent yoga centre is situated by Westferry station on the DLR. The studio runs a breadth of different types of yoga by a collective of qualified instructors. Website

Ole Kids

Iberica Canary Wharf
Iberica Canary Wharf wants to treat you to a FREE Ole Kids workshop when you eat at the restaurant on Saturdays or Sundays. Every weekend one of our fabulous Ole Kids teachers will be at Iberica Canary Wharf to entertain the children, play, do arts and crafts, read stories and teach them some basic Spanish words while you eat the amazing tapas and relax with a glass of beautiful Spanish wine. Website

Tower Hamlets Mums and Dads to be evening

Browns Hertsmere Road
Fun informal and social evenings for pregnant ladies and their partners to meet others who live in Tower Hamlets for a chat and a nibble. Compare notes on pram-buying find out the latest information about where to give birth in the area and much more as well as meeting other local parents-to-be in the area. Third Tuesday of each month (except August and December) Website

LCF Language School

Give your little ones a head start in exploring and understanding other languages. LCF Language School is running classes in French and Spanish. Children will be taught in fun, interactive sessions using games, craft, drama, story-times and active play. Website
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