As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to venture out and about, we’re all on the lookout for fun yet safe, socially distanced places where we can hang out with our friends and family. We’re on the hunt for beautiful open spaces; somewhere you can grab a quick drink and a bite to eat; somewhere with things you can do once you’ve caught up on each other’s lockdown news… But where is this haven? we hear you cry. Well, let us proudly re-acquaint you to the hidden gem that is Canary Wharf.
You might already know it for its stunning skyline, but Canary Wharf has a lot more for you to discover tucked away on the Estate. From lush green parks, to top restaurants and bars, to an impressive range of shops – there’s a whole host of ways to spend your time at Canary Wharf with your friends, family and loved ones, while keeping safe and socially distanced.
Every Londoner knows the value of the little patches of green that are dotted around our city. And when it comes to breathing space, Canary Wharf really delivers. The Estate has over 20 acres of gorgeous parks, gardens, and landscaped squares– bet you didn’t expect to find that much foliage in central London!
You can wander round the stunning open spaces at Jubilee Park or Westferry Circus. Or lay down a picnic blanket in Canada Square Park or Harbour Quay Gardens. There are loads of beautiful outdoor areas to explore, and as you do, keep your eyes peeled for the 75 pieces of art dotted around the Estate. Get your daily dose of culture as you admire Helaine Blumenfeld’s incredible sculpture exhibition (ends 31 January 2021). Or if you need to keep your little ones occupied, why not follow the Children’s Art Trail?
While you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out the absolute oasis that is the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. Here you can admire the exotic plant collection while enjoying views for miles. And after winding your way through the gardens, perhaps you’ll be ready for a bite to eat… Why not stop by The Alchemist, Ibérica La Terraza in Cabot Square or The Breakfast Club?
And those aren’t Canary Wharf’s only food offerings. There are a whole range of restaurants currently open and welcoming visitors for takeaways and socially distanced dining. You can check out the full list here.
If it’s a bit of retail therapy that you’re after, then look no further. Meet up with your mates and have a browse of Canary Wharf’s shops. The five shopping malls are currently open and welcoming shoppers back to all their favourite stores including Polo Ralph Lauren, Cos, The Kooples, Zara, Mango, and Maje. There’s something for everyone in this retail paradise!
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.
So, if you’re wondering where you can spend a day out with your friends and family, safely and with plenty to do, then Canary Wharf is the answer to your prayers. For gorgeous open spaces filled with breathtaking art, good food and drinks, and great shopping opportunities there’s nowhere quite like it.
Canary Wharf is now open. Some retailers may be offering revised opening hours; discover the full directory with opening details on the Canary Wharf website.