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BOKAN

BOKAN

The most elegant place to visit within Canary Wharf, offering a plethora of choice from its wonderful menu is undoubtedly Bokan. This popular restaurant and bar situated over three floors within Marsh wall, offers diners scenic and stunning views of the capital placing it up there as a place to visit for a special occasion or a treat. The sirloin steak, creamy mashed potato, the 'Luna' cocktail, the breath-taking views and the exceptional service make Bokan a go to restaurant to visit if you are ever in the Canary Wharf area. Can hands down say this is the place where they serve the BEST steak in London!! **Top tip - If you book a seat for the restaurant, do ask for one by the window and try to get your table just in time for the sunset so you can enjoy stunning views of the capital whilst further enjoying a gorgeously prepared meal.

Billingsgate Market

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.

Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London Docklands

The Museum of London Docklands is set within a nineteenth century sugar, rum and coffee warehouse! It tells visitors all about the history of London Docklands and trade with the rest of the world.

Canary Wharf shopping

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.

Hazev

Hazev

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

Boisdale

Boisdale

This is a first class restaurant and bar. Where else can you hear jazz, blues and amazing tribute acts every night of the week without travelling to the West End?!

Shades of Green

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!

Goldstar Dry Cleaners

Goldstar Dry Cleaners

The masters of getting any stain out and they have always got a trick or two up their sleeve to get them out. 5 shirts for £7.50 is a bargain - and they will even do same day cleaning for the same price!

Gaucho

Gaucho

The best steak house and part of an upmarket chain. Sumptuous décor, delicious cocktails and perfectly cooked steak that you can choose from a board carried by the waiter.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Delicious breakfasts throughout the day. An excellent place to meet up with friends at the weekend.

The Lotus

The Lotus

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

Sticks'n'Sushi

Sticks'n'Sushi

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.

Terrace Bar at Wahaca

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

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!

Masthouse Terrace Pier River Bus

Masthouse Terrace Pier River Bus

An alternative commute into town or just a pure pleasure cruise, experience a reliable service with an onboard bar and coffee shop.

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

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What locals say about Canary Wharf

  1. Canary Wharf offers you a wide range of high-quality facilities that you normally would only find in the West End of London.

  2. Vibrant, and great transport links!

  3. Canary Wharf is a beautiful modern area and so easy to love. With the O2, river, and easy tube lines, you never run out of things to do. The area is very safe and modern. It's a great place for everyone (singles, couples, or families).

  4. Fantastic views of both city side and the River Thames. 21st century luxury buildings suitable for the next generation.

  5. Canary Wharf is still booming with new residences and restaurants/shops opening up every day. Everything you need can be found in Canary Wharf!

  6. Great shops and restaurants are in abundance. Plateau being a favourite place to eat and The Gun pub being the place to go for a drink!

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Child-friendly activities near Canary Wharf

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

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

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

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

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

David Stinson Holiday Schools

St Edmunds School,
May Half Term: Alice in Funkyland - The 'Hip' Tale A more modernised adaptation of 'Alice in Wonderland', that is more cool and trendy for our very cool kids. Summer Week 1: Fame The Musical - Street Style A children's version of Fame The Musical that incorporates street dance rather than technical jazz dance and ballet. Everybody loves a bit of Fame! Summer Week 2: X Factor The Musical A musical comedy based on the highs and lows of The X Factor. You'll experience talent as well as... well... not so much talent! Summer Week 3: Follow The Yellow Brick Road An adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz' where scarecrows meet tin men and where lions fear witches and wizards. A pure comedy that will get you laughing. Summer Week 4: Ollie & Annie The Musical A cleverly adaptation and mash up of 'Annie The Musical' and 'Oliver The Musical'. Ollie and Annie become friends and help each other succeed. 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

About Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is a major business district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Rivalling London's traditional financial centre, the City of London, Canary Wharf contains many of the United Kingdom's premier office spaces and tallest buildings. Canary Wharf is built on the site of the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs. From 1802, the area was one of the busiest docks in the world. By the 1950s, the port industry began to decline, leading to the docks closing by 1980. The Canary Wharf of today began when Michael von Clemm, former chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), came up with the idea to convert Canary Wharf into back office. The first buildings were completed in 1991 which included One Canada Square that became the UK's tallest building and a powerful symbol of the regeneration of Docklands. Over 100,000 people are employed on the estate, around 25% of whom live in the surrounding five boroughs. With the opening of Jubilee Place shopping centre, Canary Wharf has become a shopping destination.

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