Contemporary artist Camille Walala has turned Adams Plaza Bridge into a colourful canvas.
The first ever London Mural Festival has officially begun! And you can find one of its most impressive, most Instagrammable highlights over at Canary Wharf. There, amidst the green parks and glittering skyline, Camille Walala makes her colourful, creative mark on the city, transforming Adams Plaza Bridge into an uplifting work of contemporary art.
The French artist is known for her signature style of joyful colours, playful shapes and geometric patterns and she’s no stranger to decorating urban landscapes with her creative eye. Camille has large scale installations located all over the world, from Hong Kong, to New York, to Mauritius. And now Canary Wharf joins the fold, as a focal point of the inaugural London Mural Festival. Head on down to Adams Plaza Bridge to see Camille’s vibrant piece in all its glory!
The inspiring month-long London Mural Festival has turned the Big Smoke into a huge city-size canvas celebrating creative communities all over the world, featuring over 150 global artists painting over 40 murals across the capital. This public, urban exhibition is an exciting new way for people to get their cultural kicks for free and experience what is set to become one of the world’s biggest art movements while staying safe and socially distanced.
Camille’s installation is the perfect accompaniment to the gorgeous backdrop of Canary Wharf and her art will live on long after the festival ends (on September 30), as a permanent part of Canary Wharf’s award-winning public art collection so you can enjoy its beauty all year round.
In fact, if art is your thing, we highly recommend a visit to Canary Wharf as the Estate is home to one of the UK’s largest collections of public art with over 75 pieces created by 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen. An art tour of the Estate makes a great day out for people of all ages and all levels of art knowledge! And, if you’ve got little ones, a wander around the Children’s Art Trail should keep them happily occupied for an afternoon.
If all that art appreciation has managed to work up your appetite, why not stop for a bite to eat… Canary Wharf has so many great restaurants and bars, you’ll be spoiled for choice. You could pop by Sticks n Sushi or Ippudo, enjoy a glass of wine at Humble Grape or a delicious cocktail at The Alchemist, you could brunch all day at The Breakfast Club or nab some terrific tapas at Iberica la Terraza. Not feeling any of those options? Don’t worry, there’s much more! Check out your full list of dining choices here.
If you’re in the mood to indulge in a little retail therapy then Canary Wharf is the place for you. All five shopping malls are open so you can visit all your favourite stores including Mango, Reiss, The Kooples, Zara, Sandro, SpaceNK and many more… Whatever’s on your wishlist – you can find it here!
There are also tons of free open-air events and experiences that you can take part in including mini golf, live music, dance performances and more. They make great safe and socially-distanced days out for all ages.
You can explore all that Canary Wharf has to offer confidently and safely thanks to the many Covid-19 safety measures that have been implemented across the Estate. These include one-way systems, social distancing floor markings, hand sanitisers, increased cleaning of all touch points, and extensive deep cleans. Click here for more info on these measures.
Canary Wharf really is the perfect spot to spend a gorgeous day out with your friends and family. You can explore beautiful parks filled with absolutely breathtaking art, enjoy great food and drinks, and shop to your heart’s content. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s something to take your fancy at Canary Wharf.
Canary Wharf is open with social distancing measures in place. Some retailers may be offering revised opening hours; discover the full directory with opening times on the Canary Wharf website.