Canary Wharf

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Canary Wharf
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Fazlurrehman Ansari
London, UK760 contributions
A day out with better half.
Sep 2021
At the heart of London's historic area Docklands. Great mini Sky Scrapers.
A financial powerhouse, great city hub.
Visited for few hours with better half in a bright sunny day (September 21)
Enjoyed the APP solo boat competition.
Fine dining area from snacks to full meal. It must be worth visiting during Christmas days with lights.
Written September 25, 2021
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omega132857
Chichester, UK1,725 contributions
A must walk around
Aug 2021
Had a great day out with friends in Canary Whaf. we spent a few hours walking and stopping for the odd drink and a bite to eat. We saw the gardens on the roof, and found a amazing walking tunnel straight out of Star Trek.
Written September 1, 2021
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Brian T
London, UK4,530 contributions
It's starting to find its soul!
Apr 2021
Canary Wharf bills itself as ... “London’s premier destination for living, dining and working”. Let’s be frank. It’s hardly that, but it is an interesting area to while away a few hours if you are over that side of London.

Canary Wharf emerged from the disused West India Docks of East London in the 1990s, to become what is now London’s secondary business district after the City of London. The West India Docks flourished from the early 1800s, but declined in the 1960s when they were basically made redundant due to the progression to container shipping.

Canary Wharf has often been described as a place full of business people during the week, and a ghost town on the weekend when all the business workers desert the place. That’s not quite true. We visited on a very sunny Sunday recently and the district was very busy and very lively.

In many respects it’s a typical modern business district, with tall (and largely featureless, ordinary and somewhat unattractive) office blocks closely packed into a space defined by existing waterways; you could call it a concrete and glass jungle. But wander along those waterways and in between the skyscrapers and you’ll find some interesting spots that will make your visit worthwhile, and quite enjoyable. I've been many times over the years, and have seen a gradual progression from being soulless to actually starting to find its soul.

The boardwalks along Middle Dock and North Dock are scenic and pleasant. There’s a plethora of cafes and restaurants with outside seating for you to enjoy the sunshine and vistas. Tucked away amongst the skyscrapers are some pleasant little squares such as Canada Square and Cabot Square, and directly on top of Canary Wharf underground station is the very pleasant green space of Jubilee Place, with its shade trees, curious pieces of sculpture, a lovely rippling water feature, and plenty of seats and grassy areas for a picnic lunch. If you head to the western end of the district along West India Avenue from Cabot Square, you’ll come to Westferry Circus with its fine views of the Thames and across to the London skyline.

There’s over 70 public art installations dotted through Canary Wharf, and you are likely to see many of them as you wander around. Among my personal favourites are Henry Moore’s ‘Draped Seated Woman’ beside the Cabot Square Fountain, the ‘Man with Arms Open’ in the nature strip on West India Avenue, the sparkling gold ‘Fortuna’ in Jubilee Place, and the ‘Tear’ by the entrance to the underground station on Reuters Plaza. There are lots more. The best I think is ‘Traffic Light Tree’ on a roundabout at the eastern end of Canary Wharf. I’ve reviewed that fabulous curiosity separately. And do check out the annual 'Winter Lights' festival which takes place here. It's fabulously colourful and creative.

Hidden under the high rises of the neighbourhood are shopping malls - 4 of them: Canada Place, Cabot Place, Jubilee Place and Churchill Place. Canada Place is the largest, but they are all interconnected, and almost become a rabbit warren of shops. There are hundreds of shops; the mainstream stores are there and you will be spoilt for choice, though the lack of independent outlets and the more unusual one-offs' was disappointing. We were surprised at how busy it was, for a Sunday, though the fact that shops had only recently reopened after a period of lockdown closure may have been instrumental in this.

There’s a lovely little museum there also, The Museum of London Docklands, but it is temporarily closed due to the current pandemic. It tells the story of the development of the docklands.

There’s many options for getting there: it’s on the Jubilee Line of the London Underground network, the Docklands Light Rail network, and the riverboat services. We actually walked from Greenwich, using the foot tunnel under the Thames and a walk up through the Isle of Dogs.
Written April 22, 2021
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leilei00009
London, UK34 contributions
Lovely walk
Feb 2021
Visited during lockdown to see the light festival which was absolutely amazing. As the afternoons get dark and cold this was a treat being outdoors and looking at all the light installations in the area. As Canary Wharf is situated by the Thames you get fantastic sunsets, views across the river and scenic city views as a contrast to the ultra modern steel and glass architecture of the skyscraper skyline. Worth more than a visit to walk around.
Written April 17, 2021
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S S David Harry
1 contribution
Sucurity not wearing a mask
Mar 2021 • Solo
I was in jubilee shopping mall on Sunday 14th of march 2021. The sucurity man (Mr.Sabugi) was not wearing the mask and yet his colleague another security (lady) was asking me to wear a mask. This was outside the Body shop at 8.30 pm.i am exempted from wearing a mask.
Written March 14, 2021
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Ben
Taby, Sweden590 contributions
Really nice area!
Dec 2020 • Business
This area is spectacular and the apartments in the skyscrapers...
I can just imagine the view overlooking the heart of London.
Not to forget! Canary Wharf Mall. 👍
Written December 15, 2020
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Mark SCUTT
Ipswich, UK14 contributions
Photographers project
Oct 2020 • Solo
A great clean area with some great Photo locations day and night. Plently of scope to be creative. Feels a safe environment also at night .
Written November 5, 2020
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Gp Capt R K D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,657 contributions
Lovely Settings
May 2020 • Family
Canary wharf was used as Docks by East India Company due the colonial period.Now it is a swanky place and more importantly it is the financial district of London.
Written May 30, 2020
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Camda
Wellington, New Zealand607 contributions
Modern London, good walk from the city
Dec 2019 • Solo
Interesting modern commercial centre to wander around. You feel like you could be in Sydney, Hong Kong or Singapore I like the rest of London. Worth admiring the tall modern architecture and really recommend walking here from Tower Bridge along the Thames path as I did.
Written May 4, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,057 contributions
Financial district
Mar 2020 • Friends
Seen from the Shard and also on our city cruise there are multiple skyscrapers here but it once was a port hub. We didn't think about stopping for a closer look.
Written March 16, 2020
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