Looking from the outskirts of London, it would be easy to mistake Canary Wharf for the centre of the city. The towering skyscrapers wouldn’t look out of place in a modern American city. In reality, it is over five miles away from Charing Cross, and is more of a purpose-built central business district to supplement the Square Mile. As such, there’s less in the way of attractions and culture spots around this area than one might expect, and virtually no one actually lives there, though the recently opened Jubilee Shopping Centre is slowly turning Canary Wharf into more than just a haunt for bankers and businessmen. There are some other diversions such as the Museum of London Docklands scattered around, and links to the city are good, but the business visitors keep the costs and standards of Canary Wharf hotels reasonably high. Consequently, most hotels in the area are large, luxurious chain affairs.
Closest to the tube station and boasting both five stars and a deeply unusual 10/10 customer satisfaction rating it the Marriott West India Quay. Offering beautiful guest rooms, impeccable business facilities and an almost unrivalled view over London, the Marriott seems to anticipate perfectly the every need of its clientele.
Second on the list is the Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf, also within easy reach of public transport and boasting high levels of luxury. In contrast to the Marriott, the Radisson styles itself as a place for a relaxing break, offering a chilled, minimalist atmosphere and a great spa. With easy access to the O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome), it could be the perfect place to unwind after a night at a gig.
As a relatively modern area of the city, important to businesses, Canary Wharf hotels have great transport links. As well as buses, the area benefits from Canary Wharf tube station, which services the DLR between West India Quay and Heron Quays, and the Jubilee Line between Canada Water and North Greenwich. There’s also a Crossrail station currently being built, a commuter-oriented Pier connecting the Wharf with the rest of the docklands by Ferry, and finally London City Airport, serving as a touchdown for a number of very wealthy people in company jets.
An estimated number of more than 40 million people pass through Canary Wharf station every year. Located on the Jubilee Line, there are 2 platforms and the station is very modern, having been opened by the then mayor, Ken Livingstone in 1999.
Canary Wharf is in the Tower Hamlets Local Authority and it's named after a warehouse which used to exist there when the area was still South Quay Import Dock. The Warehouse, No. 10 (Shed 30) was built in 1952 for Fruit Lines Limited which was a big player in the Canary Island to UK fruit trade.
The Canary Wharf area has undergone an impressive transformation since those days. Now, the Canary Wharf hotels, banks and businesses which operate on the docklands are a far cry from the warehouse buildings and derelict structures which remained from the import trade. In fact, around 500,000 people shop at Canary Wharf's stylish shopping malls and high streets every week.
Spaces around Canary Wharf also reaped some of the rewards of its newfound wealth, areas such as Silvertown Quays and the Greenwich Peninsula became affluent areas too.
The Canary Wharf Tower (One Canada Square) lights up the Docklands horizon at night, it is famous for its pyramid shaped roof and grand height which can be seen from as far away as Guildford, Surrey. The foyer, ground floor level and basement level of the tower are open to the general public and the rest of One Canada Square is privately allotted to businesses and banks.
The building also famously has no 13th floor, instead floor numbers skip from 12 to 14, there are no clues that a 13th floor even exists in the building, so logically the 14th floor would in fact be the 13th if there was one.
Many tourists visiting London choose hotels near Canary Wharf Station because of the lively, up-market atmosphere and because it's close to both central London and areas such as Bankside, where the National Film Theatre, Tate Modern and London Eye can be found.
Japanese food lovers won't have to wander far from their Canary Wharf hotels to get a fix, because Itsu on Cabot Place East does delectable sushi and bento to eat in or takeaway. Canary Wharf station is also well placed for Nando's Chickenland where you can pick up family-friendly spiced chicken.
Chilli's Grill and Bar serves large helpings of Mexican and American foods and Carluccio's serve regional Italian dishes with space to sit outside in fine weather. Inside though, the highest class of culinary skill prepares fresh fish, clams, veal and even truffles.
For a somewhat affordable pint, The Slug and Lettuce is close by, as is rival chain All Bar One. Play On Sports is a sport themed bar on Preston's road a mere stagger away from Canary Wharf station and these are also within easy reach of Brodie's Restaurant and Bar on Fisherman's Walk.
Brodie's is wonderful for an outdoor summer drink, sophisticated, modern and everything else Canary Wharf stands for. Live music is also performed at Brodie's Restaurant and guests can choose from a menu that features delicious dishes from around the world.
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