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Canary Wharf, London

Canary Wharf is one of the two major business and financial districts in London with the other being the City of London. The district is located along the riverfront of the River Thames in London’s East End. It was once one of the world’s busiest docks but entered into a period of decline in 1960 and eventually closed in 1980.

Redevelopment began in the late 1980s and today Canary Wharf features several examples of modern architecture, a stark contrast from the old world architecture of Central London. Occupants include many major international corporations and financial institutions including ANZ Bank, Bank of America, Barclays, Chevron, Credit Suisse, MasterCard, Morgan Stanley and Shell International.

Canary Wharf by Chris McKenna

Notable Buildings

Canary Wharf is a prime example of modern architecture with its towering office complexes, which are some of the tallest buildings in Europe. One Canada Square is the tallest in Canary Wharf and the second tallest in the UK at 235 metres (771 feet). 8 Canada Square and 25 Canada Square are both at 200 metres (655 feet) and jointly the fifth tallest buildings in the UK. Other notable buildings include Once Churchill Place at 156 metres (513 feet), 40 Bank Street and 25 Bank Street both at 153 metres (502 feet).

Canary Wharf at night by David Iliff

Shopping Scene

Canary Wharf is more than just towering office blocks, business suits and brief cases. It is a lively area of London and even livelier during the weekends. It is a popular destination for shopping and the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre comprises of three arcades including Canada, Cabot and Jubilee Place. The shopping centre is home to over 200 shops that include major retailers such as John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Crabtree & Evelyn, Tiffany and Swarovski.

Food Scene

Besides shopping, you can find cafes and some of the best restaurants in London at Canary Wharf. The culinary scene here is highly rated and not only popular with executives and professionals working here but also other Londoners. There is a variety of cuisines including English, Italian, Spanish, Argentinean, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese and Indian. Canary Wharf is not a major destination for cheap eats but you can head to Tesco or Mark & Spencer here for some gourmet sandwiches. There are also a few food trucks catering to the office workers during the lunch hour.

Food truck at Canary Wharf by Editor5907

Other Attractions

Canary Wharf is not just about concrete but there are pockets of greenery and open spaces landscaped with well-maintained gardens, shady trees, colourful flowerbeds and winding walkways. The area is a venue for numerous events throughout the year that include music, film, theatre, dance, art and fashion. The Museum of London Docklands is an interesting museum that tells the history of the River Thames in London and the growth of the Docklands.

Visiting Canary Wharf

The Canary Wharf (Underground Station) serves the Jubilee Line that includes stops at Bond Street, Westminster and London Bridge. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has three stations including West India Quay, Canary Wharf and Heron Quays. Riverboats under the London River Services stop at the pier located west of Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf railway station serves Crossrail, a 118-km (73 miles) railway line passing through parts of London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex.

Canary Wharf on the Map

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