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There's more to Canary Wharf than Banks

Kaya Cheshire
Marketing Manager @Residently

Our Senior Marketing Manager, Kaya gives us some of her top tips in and around bustling Canary Wharf

Where business and finance meet, Canary Wharf is one of the major business districts in Tower Hamlets, but also one of the best locations for an idealistic apartment view. Not originally known as a tourist attraction hot-spot, the Wharf has developed over the last few years with new activities and openings modernising its rental appeal. 

So, where do the locals go?

Caffeine fix

Black sheep coffee is a must in Canary Wharf, their coffee is fantastic and they have plenty of pastries (including vegan options), as well as fast WiFi and if you fancy it as a spot to work from. If you’re more of a tea person though, get your tea fix from T4 Canary Wharf. With over 20 teas to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Dinner time

Being in Canary Wharf, restaurants with a view are a must. Plateau fits the bill perfectly with classic French dishes in a modern space with Saarinen tables and terraces overlooking Canada Square, this one is a must see. But there’s plenty more including The Ivy, Bella Cossa and even a cheeky Shake Shack. 

Green space

There’s plenty of time to take a relaxing stroll on the walkways and admire the views of the River Thames, but the real gem is the Crossrail Place Gardens. This, as the name suggests, is part of the crossrail station, a free public indoor oasis with some open roof space where plants are arranged according to which hemisphere they’re from. 

After hours

There’s no shortage of bars and pubs in Canary Wharf, with The Alchemist being a local favourite for its service and multitude of cocktails. If you’re after something a little more extravagant, Boisdale of Canary Wharf has a “Whisky Bible”, holding over 1,000 bottles of malt whisky, undoubtedly to be one of the most exten­sive whisky bars in London. 

Curious about the commute times? We’ve popped together a list below to help!

Bank: 3.6 miles

🚗 20-30 minutes by car

🚃 15 minutes by transit

🚴‍♀️ 20-30 minutes by bike

Southwark: 3 miles

🚗 20-35 minutes by car

🚃 15 minutes by transit

🚴‍♀️ 25-35 minutes by bike

Westminster: 4.2 miles

🚗 25-35 minutes by car

🚃 28 minutes by transit 

🚴‍♀️ 35 minutes by bike

Did we miss something? If you have any local insights that will improve our area guide, please drop us an email at 

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