Canary Wharf’s unofficial motto has gone from work hard… to play hard.
Because this flourishing neighbourhood – conveniently parked on the Elizabeth Line, we might add – is packing in an impressive number of fantastic restaurants, bars and things to do these days. You can kick back in some of the city’s leafiest parks, stage your own mini olympics as you drop into bars with clay pigeon shooting and nostalgic fairground games, tuck into your own Mediterranean picnic while sailing around Canary Wharf’s waterways on a GoBoat, and sip on sundowners outside to the sound of live music… all without having to walk more than ten minutes.
And this summer, they’re really pushing the boat out with free events and one-of-a-kind experiences – so we’ve put together your ultimate handbook to make the most of it all. We’re talking sun-drenched parks & summer terraces, quirky things to do, and the low-down on Canary Wharf’s free five-day extravaganza, Festival14.
We don’t mean to jinx it, but… the sun has made a comeback. And we’ve rounded up all the best summer spots in Canary Wharf to bump up your vitamin D levels, from gorgeous terraces for al fresco dining to waterside promenades, hidden roof gardens and lush parks (with free film screenings)… Read 10 Beautiful Summer Spots in Canary Wharf
Take a picnic on your own electric boat. Book in to a mystery outdoor gig. Go for a dip in the open air. There’s a high chance that all these things were already on your summer bucket list, and it turns out you can tick them off all in one place… Read the Top 10 Things To Do This Summer in Canary Wharf
Somehow, Festival14 packs in DJ sets (from big names like Norman Jay MBE and Craig Charles), stand-up comedy (from equally big names like Desiree Burch and Stephen Bailey), live gigs with Ronnie Scott’s orchestra and ’90s group Soul II Soul, workshops, kids’ shows, theatre, spoken word and more into a mere five days. And equally mind-bogglingly, it’s somehow almost entirely free. Get the lowdown on Festival14