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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.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

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

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.

The Lotus

The Lotus

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

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?!

Hazev

Hazev

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

One Canada Square

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 Gun

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

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!

Docklands Nails

Docklands Nails

Friendly, efficient and great value!

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.

Noodle Street

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!

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!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Canary Wharf, Isle Of Dogs, Poplar, North Greenwich, Limehouse, Rotherhithe, Deptford, Greenwich, Bow and South Bermondsey

"1 Canada Square is designed to sway up to 14 inches in the wind!"

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

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The transformation of London Docklands has been tremendous in the last few decades.

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

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  1. Amazingly on the river with 5* facilities and excellent links to city and perfect for a bachelor life!! Especially New Providence Wharf

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

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Child-friendly activities near Docklands

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

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

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

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

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

About Docklands

Docklands is the semi-official name for an area in northeast and southeast London. It forms part of the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Greenwich. The docks were formerly part of the Port of London, at one time the world's largest port. They have now been redeveloped principally for commercial and residential use. The name London Docklands was used for the first time in a government report on redevelopment plans in 1971 but has since become virtually universally adopted. Over the past 30 years, the population of the Docklands has more than doubled and the area has become both a major business centre and an increasingly acceptable area to live. Transport links have improved significantly, with the Isle of Dogs gaining a tube connection via the Jubilee Line Extension (opened 1999) and the DLR being extended to Beckton, Lewisham, London City Airport, North Woolwich and Stratford. Canary Wharf has become one of Europe's biggest clusters of skyscrapers and a direct challenge to the financial dominance of the City.

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