A Guide to Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is London’s financial centre and is a great example of the development and regeneration of old docklands in the East End.

In addition to the eye-catching, imposing, tall buildings and the rich variety of stores, shops and restaurants which can be found in Canary Wharf, there are also dozens of thriving attractions spread throughout the business district’s area, such as:

The Idea Store, in Whitechapel, approximately 2 miles from Canary Wharf, which is more than a simply library. Idea Store Whitechapel opened in 2005, and contains the former Whitechapel library, once home to the biggest collection of Yiddish books in Europe. It is housed in a David Adjaye designed building, and brings together adult learning, training and meeting areas, as well as a focus on the local history of Tower Hamlets. It contains Idea Store centres at Bow and Chrisp Street (opened July 2004), as well as the Idea Store Canary Wharf which launched in March 2006.

Brick Lane, in Shoreditch, less than 3 miles from Canary Wharf, London’s own “Curry Mile”, featuring first-rate spiced food, Jewish bagel shops, Indian sari silks and artists’ studios, Gilbert and George and Tracey Emin being famously proud residents of the neighbouring streets. A walk down on Brick Lane is a relaxing, exciting and pleasant experience, all at once. Here you will find everything from bars and clubs to coffee shops, fashion outlets and graduate art shows.

Museum of London Docklands, in West India Quay, Tower Hamlets, less than 6 minutes from Canary Wharf, focused on the history of the East End with particular emphasis on the River Thames and the lives that have ebbed and flowed with it. The museum’s permanent educational displays include the Thames Highway which tells the fascinating local story since the city began as a Roman settlement in AD43, featuring a spectacular large scale model of Old London Bridge, the first stone structure built over the Thames with the bridge as it was in 1450 on one side, and the bridge in all its Tudor glory on the other.

One Canada Square, the tallest building in the United Kingdom, standing out from almost any high vantage point in Greater London. This 235-metre tall tower is home to major international companies and several major national newspapers and has become a symbol of the regeneration of London’s Docklands, most Londoners referring to it simply as “Canary Wharf”.

Any of Tower Hamlets beautiful parks, the list including Bethnal Green Gardens, located in the North East of Bethnal Green South Ward, one of the Green spaces of the borough that has a War memorial, also featuring great play areas for small children, as well as basketball, tennis, football and netball courts, including other green space areas such as Island Gardens, Mile End Park, Mudchute Park, St George’s Gardens or Victoria Park.

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