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Eating & Drinking

The Best Restaurants in Canary Wharf

26 June 2023

With a surprising variety of cuisines ranging from British pub favourites to fine dining, and from modern Argentinian dishes to continental European classics with a contemporary twist, there’s always something to tantalise your taste buds and satisfy your hunger. Keep reading and discover:

  • The best brunch restaurants in Canary Wharf
  • The best restaurants with outdoor terraces in Canary Wharf
  • The best restaurants with live music, DJs and entertainment in Canary Wharf
  • The best restaurants for foodies in Canary Wharf

Brunch in Canary Wharf

Avocado on toast

The Ivy in the Park in Canada Square Park – complete with two terraces and, throughout, lush potted and climbing greenery – offers an indulgent and extensive brunch menu from 11am to 4pm on weekends and bank holidays. Sip a tempting cocktail or smoothie while enjoying Brunch and Seasonal Specials (whether you fancy Belgian waffles or lobster linguine). Feels Like June also specialises in brunch; from 11.30am to 4pm, enjoy the Californian vibes of both the restaurant interior and a menu featuring shrimp rolls, smash burgers and brunch burritos plus plenty of great vegetarian options. At The Alchemist every Saturday and Sunday from 10am, diners can make the most of the Alchemy Cocktail Brunch; choose three of its most theatrical cocktails plus a main meal for a set price.

At Dishoom, until 11.45am every day, enjoy seriously satisfying cooked breakfasts, ranging from Parsi omelettes or Iranian cafe staple Akuri to the Big Bombay or Dishoom’s famous naan rolls; add a chai or lassi into the mix while you’re enjoying the double-height interior inspired by 1970s Bombay. Caravan’s weekend brunch can be devoured, inside or outside in Reuters Plaza near the water of Middle Dock, from 9am all the way through to 4pm; coffee first, one of Caravan’s specialties, followed by a mouth-wateringly eclectic menu that makes it hard to choose. Newly added to the roster of Canary Wharf coffee shops is Ca’puccino, the ideal place for a quick brunch bite or food to take away with your morning brew.

Outdoor Terraces in Canary Wharf

People eating outdoors

During the great British summer, there’s nothing better than leisurely, laid-back drinks al fresco and we know just the terraces where you can make the most of the warmer weather. At Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, diners devour the most authentic Italian cuisine with views of the water, green gardens and Wood Wharf’s striking architecture, plus the Summer Pasta Festival is coming back to Canary Wharf on 16 July – it will be bigger and better than ever! At Humble Grape its terrace is waterside by Middle Dock, so perfect for relaxed sunset drinks, while The Ivy in the Park has not one but two beautiful, lush outdoor terraces.

Live Music, DJs & Entertainment

Jazz vibes at Boisdale of Canary Wharf

It’s no surprise that our venues offering brilliant live music and DJs are also home to some of the best Canary Wharf bars. It can only be Boisdale of Canary Wharf, if you’re after dinner in Canary Wharf, with a drink or two at the UK’s largest whisky bar and entertainment at the same time; Kid Creole & the Coconuts have taken up residency and are delighting audiences with pop-funk laced with Latin and Caribbean flavours until 9 July. All-day hangout No. 35 Mackenzie Walk, with an expansive south-facing, waterside terrace and, inside, striking pendant lighting and relaxed seating areas, comes into its own at night, with DJs playing sets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to midnight. Last but certainly not least, Pergola On The Wharf hosts Pergola Lates every Friday – no tickets, no entry fee, just a great DJ from 7pm – while Saturday at Pergola On The Wharf, open to over 21s, champions a relaxed vibe and great soundtrack, with a backdrop of walls adorned with real ferns, flowers and vines and views over the water of North Dock.

Foodie Favourites

Indian food at Chai Ki

If you truly appreciate excellent food or want to mark a special occasion, anniversary or milestone with a celebratory meal, take your pick from Canary Wharf’s top restaurants. Six by Nico is known and loved for its adventurous themed six-course tasting menus which change every six weeks, while CW stalwart ROKA never disappoints with its creative Japanese robatayaki and out-of-this-world sushi. When it comes to the latter, Sticks‘n’Sushi believes in catering to everyone: fish lovers can devour traditional sushi while dining companions not as sure about sushi can enjoy yakitori – chicken, lamb, beef and vegetable skewers – from the grill.

When it comes to local specialties, Chai Ki champions modern, more-ish Indian food, Patty&Bun is renowned across and beyond London for its single-minded focus on epic burgers and Zizzi? You just can’t go wrong with perfectly made pizza, pasta and risotto, especially when there’s great non-gluten options to ensure no one misses out.

Feeling Green

Hawksmoor Wood Wharf

We have lots of initiatives in place to reduce waste, avoid single-use plastic and source locally where possible – read more here – and we’re proud that many of our restaurants are just as committed to improving their sustainable commitments and credentials. MMy Wood Wharf uses the UN Sustainability Development Goals as a framework to help them make positive differences to our local community. M Restaurants work tirelessly to minimise the environmental impact of the production of its beef, uses local suppliers as often as possible and its fish supplier has MSC Chain of Custody certification. Hawksmoor Wood Wharf is just as committed: it’s a certified B Corp, for starters, and became a carbon neutral restaurant group (a world first, they believe), determined to make a positive impact.

atis serves vegan food and proudly takes sourcing, packaging, ethical supplier relationships and the environment into consideration, while Neat Burger can confirm it’s not just Neat food that’s plant-based; so is its cutlery, and its burger boxes are easily recyclable. The seven street food retailers in Wharf Kitchen, are free of single-use plastic and all use compostable food-to-go packaging. Chipotle believes in Better for You, Better for People, Better for Our Planet: ‘it may be the hard way to do things, but it’s the right way’ – they don’t use microwaves or freezers, and all ingredients are responsibly produced from short, transparent supply chains.

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