Easter comes East to Canary Wharf
What to do, where to shop and where to eat this Easter
Instead of going on an Easter egg hunt, why not mix it up a bit and go searching for art instead? Home to London’s largest collection of outdoor public art, Canary Wharf is the place to explore more than 100 pieces that are a mixture of stand-alone sculptures and integrated architectural works by highly respected artists. Use our Art Map to spot their locations.
Whilst on the lookout, don’t forget to check out Canary Wharf’s regular exhibition programme that presents the work of artists from across the globe. And this season, from Monday 18 April to Friday 10 June, visitors entering the newly refurbished lobby of One Canada Square will find an exhibition from sculptor, ceramicist and painter Patricia Volk, entitled Cornucopia. Patricia has filled the space with carefully placed arrangements of dynamic sculptures which challenge the viewer to find their inner child. This exhibition comprises over 40 sculptures which span three decades of the artist’s work, including a selection of sculptures that have never previously been exhibited.
Get the next generation involved too and inspire them with the Children’s Art Trail, where they can go searching for 12 pieces of art that are displayed across the Estate.
Explore Crossrail Roof Garden
Visit one of the largest roof garden parks in London, where the distinctive and unique latticed roof structure of Crossrail Place Roof Garden is a sight to behold in itself. Designed to evoke a ship laden with rare and exotic specimens from across the globe, which are planted throughout – from New Zealand tree ferns to Japanese maple – admire the 70,000 plants that call this place home each year; spot them as you walk through the hidden pathways.
This Easter gather up to six friends and family and be the captain of the waters at GoBoat. Pre-book a one-, two- or three-hour boating experience, and after a briefing, begin your self-navigation from Bellmouth Passage and sail up and down the dockland waters. Cruise past Big Easy and One Park Drive; and for the longer two- or three-hour boat rides, you can even moor up and have a picnic. We challenge you to find a better way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Where to Shop
It goes without saying that Easter equals a lot of chocolate. And luckily for us, the trio of chocolatiers in Canary Wharf doesn’t disappoint. Hotel Chocolat offers abundant choice; think extra thick eggs, bunny selectors, ostrich eggs, patisserie eggs, chocolate pots, vegan eggs and slabs of chocolate. Heavens, they even do chocolate egg sandwiches…! And if solely eating chocolate isn’t enough, purchase one of its Velvetisers for a luxury hot chocolate experience. Shop its collection here.
Almost too good to eat, Charbonnel et Walker’s Easter boxes are stunningly presented in vibrant seasonally-themed gift boxes, illustrated with cute rabbits and spring flowers. Filled with its velvety smooth milk or dark chocolates, sea salt caramel truffles or rose and violet creams, they make for a beautiful and delicious Easter gift. Visit the Cabot Place store or browse its collection here.
If you’re having Sunday lunch at home, don’t forget to pick up decorations for the Easter table. Flying Tiger’s new Easter range is impressive; we love its rabbit vase and the flower pot that looks like a cracked egg, and there’s also a DIY kit so kids (and adults!) can get involved and create their own decoration; click here to check it all out. John Lewis also has some brilliant ideas – we especially love the Easter wreath that can work as a centrepiece – click and collect from Waitrose & Partners. Finally, don’t forget the crockery – head to Whittard of Chelsea for all your china needs.
Where to Eat
You can’t beat a pub lunch – whether it’s pie and mash or a burger, head to The Henry Addington for classic dishes. Sunday roasts are especially popular on Easter Sunday and Canary Wharf has a variety of restaurants to choose from, including Hawksmoor Wood Wharf. From the brand that has been awarded Best Sunday Lunch in the UK not once but twice, think slow roasted beef, served with beef dripping potatoes, buttered greens and carrots, roast garlic and shallots and unlimited lashings of gravy. Boisdale of Canary Wharf Jazz Sunday lunch is also not to be missed – accompanied by a toe-tapping Frank and Dean show.
Other standout eateries include The Parlour, which does a mean roast belly pork; No35 Mackenzie Walk for 28-day aged topside of beef; and Pergola on the Wharf’s rosemary roast potatoes and fluffy Yorkshire puddings.
For those looking for something a bit different or a quicker bite in between shopping, check out Wharf Kitchen where you can dine on food from across the globe. Or alternatively sample Six by Nico’s latest six-course tasting menu, which this Easter promises to transport you back to Ancient Rome with dishes inspired by ancient recipes such as The Great Feast of AD14 that features belly, fillet and rib of pork with fennel, bean ragu, date and apple.
Other must-try restaurants for a special Sunday lunch include Gaucho, Ibérica Canary Wharf, ROKA, Sticks’n’Sushi, Plateau Restaurant, Bar and Grill, and The Ivy in the Park if you’re looking for further inspiration.