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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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 / 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.
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, although again definitely not as greasy as some of the waiters I've experienced in Spain. 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 / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
There has been a public house on the site of The Gun for over 250 years. The surrounding area was home to the dockside iron foundries which produced the guns for the Royal Naval fleets in the 18th and 19th centuries. The pub dates back to the early 18th century but it took its current name from the cannon which was fired to celebrate the opening of the West India Import Docks in 1802.
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.
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.
Canary Wharf / Restaurant /
For traditional market eating, try this straight talking, no nonsense Mexican way. A no bookings policy sees us seated when we arrive; with quick service ensuring dishes are plonked on tables as they are made. Although not so appetizing on paper, the freshly prepared Baja (Fish taco) is a hidden secret, and the smoked herring tostado completes the fish favourites. One for the road, the Day Of The Dead cocktail with tequila, wine, lime and pineapple juice is a hit.
Le Secret des Rôtisseurs
Canary Wharf / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chicken
Family-run Le Secret des Rôtisseurs has introduced the art of rotisserie-roasted chicken to London's Canary Wharf with its French restaurant. Experience a sensory spectacle in this slick open plan setting and enjoy succulent, perfectly cooked chicken that is slowly flame-roasted and prepared with a secret recipe for unsurpassed flavours.
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 / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
The theme is simple and honest and runs through Canteen's food, furniture and bones. Simplicity is one thing to note as the wooden chairs and tables adds a clean and crisp aura to the dining area. The contrasting primary colours running down chair legs, ceiling borders and the light fittings also add a certain je ne sais quoi to the experience. The best fast feed is the Eggs Benedict from the all day breakfast menu followed by a traditional jam and cream scone for afters. Hmmmm...Canteen-tastic.
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