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Al Fresco Drinking & Dining at Canary Wharf

22 June 2021
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BEST FOR BRUNCH

Kick start your weekend with No35 Mackenzie Walk’s bottomless brunch menu, which includes dishes such as banana and ricotta pancakes and eggs Florentine along with your choice of free-flowing prosecco, mimosas or mojitos. At Rocket in Churchill Place, diners can enjoy two hours of bottomless drinks alongside their breakfast, including Aperol spritz, bellinis and beer. The clue’s in the name at Crossrail Place’s The Breakfast Club, an 80s-inspired restaurant serving stacks of pancakes, full English breakfasts and bacon butties.

 

BEST FOR FINE DINING

Located on the grass of Canada Square Park, The Ivy in the Park has a verdant outdoor dining area that makes for an idyllic setting in which to experience the restaurant’s signature chicken Milanese, steak tartare and shepherd’s pie. Ask for a view of the Summer Screens to experience dinner with a show. Nearby, Plateau has some of the best views on the Estate, thanks to its location overlooking the park. After an aperitif from the bar’s extensive cocktail menu, tuck into Dover sole, confit duck leg or fillet of sea bream. Over in Cabot Place, Boisdale of Canary Wharf’s terrace is the destination for Scottish-inspired dishes. The menu includes Scottish salmon, steak and haggis, along with a cigar library and a large selection of whisky.

 

BEST FOR PIZZA

Naples-inspired Franco Manca in Crossrail Place has changed London’s pizza scene for the better with its moreish sourdough bases. Start with nibbles of Nocellara green olives and garlic bread before tucking into tangy tomato pizzas topped with cured chorizo, Cantabrian anchovies or wild broccoli. In Cabot Square, Electric Shuffle has brought its giant sharing pizzas and cocktails outside. Gather your friends and sip frozen concoctions while savouring spicy ’nduja and wild mushroom pizzas. Don’t miss the truffle cheese and sweet potato sharing fries.

 

BEST FOR BEER & WINE

Wine fans should make a beeline for Humble Grape on Mackenzie Walk, where the drinks list is extensive, and the sommeliers really know their stuff. In Cabot Square, Nicolas Wine Bar has opened a pop-up venue, serving house favourites by the glass. Fancy a pint instead? BrewDog Canary Wharf is serving craft beers overlooking Bellmouth Passage, while The Henry Addington on Mackenzie Walk has views across the dock. If you’re passing through Canada Square Park, grab a drink at The Grandstand Bar, where rainbow picnic benches are set up on the grass.

 

BEST FOR ICE CREAM

Should you be feeling peckish as you wind your way through Jubilee Park admiring OBE holder Helaine Blumenfeld’s Fortuna sculpture or listening to the trickle of the resident water feature, make a pit stop at Crosstown Ice Cream. Its silky smooth gelato is made in small batches from the finest ingredients. Signature scoops include traditional flavours of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, as well as the more adventurous pistachio, roasted banana or cookie dough – a refreshing treat on a summer’s day.

 

BEST FOR COFFEE

Artisan producer Caravan Coffee Roasters is behind the beans at 640East, where coffee is served in the Montgomery Square bar alongside pastries, beer and cocktails. In Jubilee Place, you’ll find the Café Brera Coffee Cart, where a mix of two distinct blends informs its menu of hot drinks. For those after a sugar hit, Ole & Steen in Crossrail Place has an excellent selection of Danish pastries. Go for the coffee and stay for the cinnamon socials, or ‘kanelstang’ in Danish.

 

BEST FOR BURGERS

Shake Shack started life as a hot dog stand in New York’s Madison Square Park, but today it’s for burgers that the joint is better known. Enjoy the restaurant’s signature cheeseburgers and crinkle chips on The Park Pavilion. You’ll find a variety of pub classics on the menu at The Henry Addington in Mackenzie Walk, but it’s the burger that truly stands out. Opt for the classic cheese, chicken or a vegan plant-based option.

 

BEST FOR COCKTAILS

Creative cocktails can be found at Reuters Plaza, where The Alchemist’s bartenders whip up theatrical colour-changing cocktails and bubbling spritzes. If rum’s your drink, head to the Cuban-inspired Bar Bolivar for mojitos and daiquiris. The Parlour in The Park Pavilion has an extensive range of cocktails, including an excellent espresso martini. Coming soon to Crossrail Place, Pergola on the Wharf will serve drinks with a view on its heated wraparound terrace. 

 

BEST FOR STEAK

Ahead of the opening of its new restaurant in Newfoundland, M Restaurants has unveiled a pop-up terrace in Bank Street Park, where you can enjoy its signature ribeye, rump and sirloin steaks. For steak with a side of whisky, head to Boisdale of Canary Wharf in Cabot Square, while Big Easy in Crossrail Place is the destination for surf and turf, thanks to its menu of steaks and lobster rolls. Gaucho’s Westferry Circus restaurant, meanwhile, has spectacular riverside views and nine different cuts of steak from which to choose.

 

BEST FOR MEDITERRANEAN

Be transported to the Spanish coast with every bite at Ibérica La Terraza in Cabot Square, where tapas and paella are on the menu. If it’s flavours of Italy you’re craving, pull up a chair at neighbouring Café Brera for handmade pizzas, pasta and cicchetti. At Obicà Mozzarella Bar in West Wintergarden, the creamy cheese informs the menu of pizzas, salads and sharing boards. Amerigo Vespucci captures the flavours of Italy with a fresh and imaginative menu, they combine traditional and modern cuisine with an impressive list of fine wines.

 

BEST FOR SUSHI

ROKA in The Park Pavilion has spectacular views across the Estate. Book a table on its terrace to soak up the scenery while enjoying crispy prawn and soft-shell crab maki rolls, salmon, tuna and yellowtail sashimi or hot dishes from its signature robata grill. Sticks’n’Sushi in Crossrail Place offers a menu of sushi and yakitori sticks inspired by its founders’ Danish and Japanese heritages. Opt for one of the sharing boards to sample a mix of dishes.

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