Canary Wharf may be better known as a business district but it is also a bustling food and drink hub for Londoners. The newly renovated Canada Square Park area boasts a hidden gem of eateries as the modern architecture of Canary Wharf Station is complemented with a splattering of pubs, bars and restaurants offering a hot pot of cultural cuisines. Canary Wharf is a number one spot for summer drinking with a majority of establishments opening terraces and patio areas. A refreshing alternative to the air con of winter venues, choose to dine at one of the numerous world food restaurants or go upmarket with one of the exquisite wine bar offerings on hand. A definite dining location this summer, head to the Wharf for a drink, a meal or some fun, the proper East End way.
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Tags: East London
Canary Wharf / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese
This restaurant - next to the HSBC tower - is situated in the new Crossrail building. One big, generous room is punctuated by a 23-metre bar and an open kitchen. The bar offers seating along its entire silhouette and you can eat at leather or wooden tables of varying heights. The Japanese cuisine on the menu is a step above your usual sushi bar with a full range of nigiri, sashimi, yakitori, futomaki, kaburimaki, and even tasty desserts.
Iberica Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Spanish
Following the success of Iberica in Great Portland Street, it opened up a Canary Wharf restaurant and our intrepid reporter, Laura Collins (then recently returned from a holiday in Spain) was suitably impressed by what she discovered: "The food was excellent, although certainly not as greasy as some of the dishes I've had in Spain. The staff were top notch and it was like a neater, cleaner version of the places I frequented during my holiday and it seemed to rid me of any Spanish withdrawal symptoms, for the time being anyway." Nuff said.
Canary Wharf / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Entering Plateau, it feels more like a greenhouse than a restaurant. But on second glance, the huge glass windows and al fresco dining make it feel refreshing and open. The kitchen divides the bar and grill area from the evening restaurant, and with French delicacies spanning crab, venison and champagne jelly, this is a perfect lunch treat for dates or a day out with the girls. No French eatery is complete without desserts as the tasty crème brulee is well worth the additional calories.
One Canada Square
Canary Wharf / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
An exciting modern European menu with an exquisite raw section from ex-Ivy Club Head Chef Jamie Dobbin; a sensational cocktail list where the Negroni and G&T take centre stage; 'dude' bar food and interiors by David Collins Studio. Welcome to ETM's latest venture, One Canada Square - a truly impressive restaurant and cocktail bar situated on the ground floor of the iconic building from which it takes its name.
Boisdale of Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Scottish
Boisdale of Canary Wharf is a two-floor venue overlooking Cabot Square which comprises Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Grill, a Whisky Bar, Cuban Cigar Library and Shop and live music venue. The music programme comes with the seal of approval of no less than Jools Holland, 'Patron of Music'. The restaurant has more than 1,000 whiskies displayed along a 12-metre bar whilst Boisdale cocktail list pays homage to an era when the art of mixing drinks was an admirable trade and when balance and harmony of ingredients was paramount.
Canary Wharf / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
Sri Nam is the perfect eatery for a special meal, bringing the Orient to the Wharf. The Buddhas and traditional red lantern décor is apparent from the entrance as the two story restaurant offers seating on both floors. The special B-Box is a must-try with a three-course meal selection to make your own dish. The prawn toast, phad thai and house fried rice are of particularly good fare and with other menu meals spanning Malaysian, and Vietnamese cuisine, enjoy the best of Asia at Sri Nam.
Canary Wharf / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House
Buenos Aires has a reputation for shining hospitality and the welcoming staff at this glamorous location, make it a prime choice for the summer. Traditional dishes are cooked in onion, chilli and peppers with tall glass servings of Latin American grappas and rum based cocktails to quench that summer thirst. Although unlucky on our visit, a touch of South American glamour can be sought: the star or two dine at this celebrity hangout.
Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf by Tom Aikens
Canary Wharf / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf is a modern British brasserie restaurant, bar and deli in Canary Wharf's business district. The restaurant serves British favourites, from breakfast until dinner, using the seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The a la carte menu combines modern twists on traditional French fare including steak tartare, chicken liver parfait, and milk chocolate mousse profiteroles with favourite British staples. A feature of the restaurant in the summer is the outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and after work drinks.
Toddy Shop at Chai Ki
Canary Wharf / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Inspired by the coastal drinking dens of Southern India, infamous for their Palm Toddy and spicy snacks, Toddy Shop serves up spicy Indian soul food alongside cocktails, craft ales and house infused beer. Breakfast and brunch include signature dishes such as Indian chaas buttermilk pancakes, kedgeree and idli sambar, along with blends, juices and spiced chai. From midday a combination of sharing plates, buns and kari, including koliwada calamari, dahi puri and Himalayan ribs are available. Toddy Shop has a stripped back feeling, complete with bespoke headlight lamps, railway luggage racks and splashes of colour with turquoise leather banquettes and the heavy emerald entrance curtains.
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