From finance to fine dining at Canary Wharf

If a friend recommends a visit to Canary Wharf you may be forgiven for thinking they want to meet their financial advisor, not go for a meal or a night out.

But this redeveloped area in the heart of London’s old docklands is attracting a variety of sophisticated new residents beyond stockbrokers and bankers. As people see the benefits of living here, top chefs and bar owners are also setting up shop in a part of London that has the high-rise, modern glamour of Manhattan or Hong Kong.

Whether it’s for a casual meet up with friends, wining and dining corporate clients, a fun family meal or somewhere special for just the two of you, there will be a venue that meets your needs and, importantly, where you can be confident that you’ll be served the best quality food or drink.

Reflecting the international nature of the area, you are spoilt for choice by the sheer variety and reputation of the venues available, but you can have plenty of enjoyable nights sampling as many as possible. The only problem is where to start, so here are some of the most popular eateries and bars currently in Canary Wharf.

What cuisine do you fancy tonight?

Japanese? Spanish? Chinese, European? Take your pick. Canary Wharf can accommodate whatever cravings you might have.

ROKA regularly comes top of the list for recommended restaurants. Specialising in Japanese food from the robata grill, it is long established at Canary Wharf and offers an energetic atmosphere and excellent service, together with fantastic food.

A little closer to home, Iberica offers traditional Spanish cuisine with a great selection of wines to accompany it. With mezzanine levels, private dining and a lively bar area, Iberica is great for a corporate event, leisurely evening meal or light tapas lunch.

Do you like your food a little spicier? Then Wahaca may be for you. Wahaca’s self-styled “Mexican market eating”, offers “healthy eating with hearty eating” in the form of fresh, vibrant food in surroundings to match.

Or perhaps you prefer some authentic Cantonese flavours at the Royal China Riverside tonight? Part of the renowned Royal China group of restaurants, its dim sum has its very own reputation for being something special. The cuisine, combined with a colourful décor and Asian music adds up to an exotic experience.

Enjoy the view while you dine

If you like your food with a dramatic backdrop, then the high tech, high rise setting of Canary Wharf offers as dramatic a view as anywhere in London.

Restaurants, such as Bokan and Plateau can make your dining quite unique. Bokan is set on the 37th floor and offers European cuisine made with the best British produce to create rich flavours.

But there’s no need to stop there. After you’ve eaten, you can head to the roof terrace on the 39th floor via the intervening bar to end your evening, admiring the city in all its glory.

Also with great views, but combined with contemporary French food, Plateau offers diners a choice of experiences, either in its elegant restaurant or informal bar and grill.

For something completely different, then Boisdale is a great option. Describing itself as “A lively restaurant and music venue serving modern British food as well as a whisky bar, terrace, oyster bar & grill and cigar library, overlooking the city skyline,” you can enjoy everything you might need for a complete night out without leaving the comfort of the restaurant.

Just looking for a drink?

Whether you just want an after-work drink with friends or something more sophisticated, Canary Wharf has much to offer you here as well.

If cask ales, gins or whisky are your thing, then head to the Henry Addington. With a traditional pub feel and a terrace to enjoy those perfect summer evening drinks, this pub is a popular destination, and if you decide you’re peckish after all, you can try one of its pub meals, including traditional pies.

If you prefer a cocktail then The Merchant is a pub offering a more contemporary feel, with an outside area overlooking the waterfront.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between

Whatever the time of day, there’s somewhere to eat, drink, relax, meet colleagues or socialise with friends at Canary Wharf.

From breakfast at The Parlour, elevenses in style at The Ivy in the Park, an after-work drink at Nicolas Wine Bar or catching up with friends at Pizza Pilgrims, the options are varied and plentiful.

An area growing in cosmopolitan appeal

Easily accessible, Canary Wharf has become a vibrant place to live and work and continues to attract a cosmopolitan cast of residents, workers and visitors to the area.

New office developments, such as One Bank Street, the new Wood Wharf district, a predominantly residential mixed-use area, and the Crossrail will also add to the appeal of the area.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that such a diverse residential community would be reflected in the choice and quality of restaurants, pubs and bars serving the area.

So whether you’re interested in a night out or somewhere to invest in a new property, enjoy an evening out and take a closer look at Canary Wharf.

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