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Canary Wharf Area Guide

Over the last few decades, Canary Wharf has transformed from a derelict dockland into London’s second largest financial centre. Today, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf give the capital its unmistakable skyline and some of the most sought after office space in both London and the world.


Canary Wharf rarely has a quiet moment with people working around the clock. After a busy day, one of our  London serviced apartments is just what you need to relax and unwind. West India Quay Apartments are situated next to Grade I listed warehouses, transformed into vibrant restaurants and bars. With a range of onsite and offsite facilities, including a business centre and meeting rooms, you can be sure that all your needs will be accommodated.

Business

Tax allowances in the 1980s attracted many big corporations to the Isle of Dogs. The opening of the DLR in 1987 continued to attract development and in the 1990s Citibank and HSBC signed deals for new buildings to be constructed in the area. Today, over 35 major financial institutions have offices in Canary Wharf, cementing its status as the secondary financial district in London, after The City.

Transport

Canary Wharf benefits from an extensive network of public transport systems. The underground’s Jubilee Line runs through Canary Wharf and onto London Waterloo which offers easy access to the south west of the UK. The area benefits from two DLR stations within close proximity to each other, Canary Wharf and Heron Quays. There are also eleven taxi ranks which operate 24 hours a day.

Places to take clients

If you’re looking to wine and dine your clients a great place to go is Goodman, Canary Wharf. Goodman specialises in serving up fine cuts of meat and red wine. It has its own glass walled, dry-ageing room for its beef which is sourced from both sides of the Atlantic.

The One Canada Square Restaurant and Bar is a popular venue for those working in Canary Wharf. The restaurant is renowned for its breakfast menu, with its blueberry buttermilk pancakes served with streaky bacon and maple syrup being a firm favourite of ours.

Leisure

The Reebok Sports Club in Canary Wharf is spread over three floors and the size of three football pitches, making it the largest, luxury health club in Europe. The incredible facilities include the largest free weight area in London, a climbing wall, boxing ring and swimming pool, so there’s no excuse not to keep fit whilst away on business.

If retail therapy is more your thing, then there are plenty of shopping malls with both luxury and high street brands on offer. Canada Place, Cabot Place, Jubilee Place and Churchill Place are all located within walking distance of each other in Canary Wharf.

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Josh Ballard

As PR Marketing Manager at SilverDoor, Josh is always on top of what's happening in the business travel industry with a particular focus on the serviced apartment sector. As well as the SilverDoor blog, he's also written articles for a number of industry publications.