The late May Bank Holiday is fast approaching – here’s our selection of the top activities in Canary Wharf from Friday 28 to Monday 31 May
Shoot a Hoop or Two
Play on a basketball court unique to Canary Wharf. Designed by multidisciplinary artist Yinka Ilori, Bank Street Park will be transformed with his colourful design inspired by his British-Nigerian heritage. The 3×3 basketball court’s theme is to ‘be the best you can be’ and his vibrant artwork will also feature on the surrounding park walls.
Bank Street Basketball, free, 12noon-6pm daily Bank Street Park.
Bask in the Energy of the Sun Pavilion Installation by Morag Myerscough
The weather might not be quite as hot as it was this time last year, but fret not, as artist Morag Myerscough will be bringing the sunshine to us with Sun Pavilion. Transforming Montgomery Square with her vibrant signature use of shape, colour and pattern, the space will be somewhat of a change from the skyscrapers that punctuate Canary Wharf’s skyline. Sit with colleagues, loved ones and friends and enjoy this bright and beautiful focal point in all of its glory.
Sun Pavilion by Morag Myerscough, free, daily from Saturday 29 May, Montgomery Square
Book a Meal with a View
Feel as though you’re dining in Europe with a meal overlooking the fountains of Cabot Square. Watch the world go by at Ibérica La Terraza or Boisdale on the Square or from the vantage point of its terrace. Meanwhile, Canada Square Park is surrounded by options including, ROKA, Wahaca, The Ivy in the Park, The Parlour and Plateau Restaurant, Bar & Grill.
Go to the Cinema
Get the popcorn at the ready and cosy up on one of Everyman’s cinema sofas by watching the latest releases at its Crossrail Place branch. Whether planning a long-awaited date night and watching new releases such as Nomadland or Minari, or sitting down with all the family to a family-friendly movie – Peter Rabbit 2 is now out – it’s a good feeling that we can now get back to the big screen.
Book your tickets here.
Try a Gym Class
Are you in need of motivation to get back to working out or looking to overhaul your fitness regime? What better way than signing up for an indoor gym class where you will be put through your paces by an instructor. If you’re looking to shift some lockdown weight, try one of Third Space’s signature classes, The Method, a 45-minute full-body conditioning workout designed to sculpt and tone the arms, legs, glutes and core through the use of resistance loop bands. Or how about what has been dubbed ‘the best workout in the world’ at Barry’s bootcamp, where you can burn up to 1,000 calories per one-hour class.
Book a Brunch
Start the day with a much needed catch up with friends or family by enjoying a leisurely brunch. No35 Mackenzie Walk is known for its bottomless option, where for an extra £29 per person, you can have free-flowing drinks such as Prosecco, Mimosas, Mojitos or soft drinks. Meanwhile choose from its menu that includes Eggs Florentine, Breakfast Brioche or its House Breakfast that features dry cured streaky bacon, Dingley Dell pork and sage sausages, slow roast tomatoes, field mushrooms, brick oven sourdough toast and eggs any way you like them. Other must-try spots include The Parlour and The Breakfast Club – we love the sound of its blueberry pancakes & bacon.
Enjoy Some Family Fun
Go on a trail around Canary Wharf’s open spaces where following an audio guide you will discover nature in the middle of the city while learning about history and seeing sights. What’s more, while on the walk, unlock codes to receive rewards such as 10% off the summer menu at Café Brera or two free scoops of ice cream when you spend £10 at Bird in Wharf Kitchen.
The Canary of The Wharf: A Mystery History Family Trail, free, daily, until Sunday 31 October, across Canary Wharf
Play a Game of Ping Pong or a Round of Minigolf
There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition between partners, friends or colleagues when it comes to these sports. The new ping pong tables have been designed by artist Kelly Anna, who is known for her bold and colourful prints, and are located on the turfed green at Cabot Square.
Meanwhile, there are nine holes to play including ‘loop-de-loop’ and the ‘death drop’ at the new mini golf course at Colombus Courtyard.
Ping Pong, free, 12noon-6pm, daily Cabot Square.
Minigolf, free, 12noon-6pm daily, Columbus Courtyard
Immerse Yourself in Art and Culture
Experience Crossorelle Roof Garden, a magical installation inspired by the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech. Visitors can take a walk through the spectacular rooftop garden and discover beautiful archways, stunning shadows and bold backdrops which will make you feel as though you have been transported to warmer climes.
Whilst on the Estate, also ensure that you admire the work of Helaine Blumenfeld OBE in her Looking Up exhibition, where her sculptures have been carefully curated in outdoor spaces amongst mature trees.
Crossorelle Roof Garden, free, 9am-9pm daily, until Saturday 19 June, Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Looking Up, free, daily until Tuesday 30 November, across Canary Wharf