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Top 10 Things to See & Do in Canary Wharf in November

1 November 2023

The nights are drawing in but there’s plenty to light up life in Canary Wharf. As a sense of fun and festivity arrives on the Estate, from skating under the stars to bagging a Black Friday bargain, here are 10 of the top things to do in London this November.

1. Dancing on Ice at Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Family skating

Back by popular demand, the ice rink has returned to Canary Wharf, and with it comes the chance to dance the night away with themed music sessions to make the soul sing. From Poptastic evenings paying homage to 30 years of cheesy pop classics from The Pussycat Dolls and the Disney Channel kids, to a Soul Party harking back to the early days of Tamla Motown, Stax and Atlantic records, get your skates on and feel the beat before recovering with winter warmers and post-skate coolers at The Grandstand Bar.

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2. Big Discounts on Black Friday

Bags from The Kooples

Get the best Christmas presents imaginable at bargain prices with big discounts from bigger brands, all in one place during the Black Friday sales in Canary Wharf. Explore the five malls and favourite brands ranging from Pandora to Zara, John Lewis to Maje, Kate Spade to Sweaty Betty and more. Download the Canary Wharf app to discover prizes to be won and special offers to be had. Don’t forget you can make the most of it with three hours of free parking on site at weekends and plenty of top foodie choices to refuel at lunchtime.

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3. Party Planning

Group playing games at Fairgame

Book your Christmas party venues today at the likes of Fairgame Canary Wharf, Clays Canary Wharf, Electric Shuffle and Platform, all offering seasonal entertainment with a twist. Whether you’re celebrating with friends or colleagues, enjoy classic fairground games and cocktails, clay pigeon shooting without the winter chill and bottomless brunches with a little extra competition thrown in – the choice is yours.

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4. Sunday Roast

Roast dinner

One of the best things about the winter months has to be the return of the Sunday roast. Book a table at the nation’s finest, from Hawksmoor Wood Wharf to Humble Grape, The Henry Addington or masters of the chophouse renaissance, Blacklock. Each offers its own unique atmosphere, from waterside views to expert wine pairings, a classic pub atmosphere to the best cuts in town. Book in and settle down for an afternoon of eating, drinking and being merry – whichever you choose you’re guaranteed one of the best Sunday roasts in Canary wharf.

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5. Photographic Memory

Michael Caine

It’s your last chance to see the Daily Mirror Photography exhibition at One Canada Square, depicting 120 years of outstanding images since the launch of the newspaper, and exploring its impact on how we see the world. From the horrors of the First World War trenches to celebrities behind the scenes, get a view through the lens of intrepid photographers who have been on the frontlines of history capturing the images that speak thousands of words.

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6. Shop ’til you Drop

Women at Aesop

With some of the best Christmas shopping in London, get all your gifts in one place at Canary Wharf’s shops. Choose experiences for adrenaline junkies with vouchers for go-karting Sprint Sessions or Grand Prix races at Capital Karts, buy gourmand gifts with sommelier-recommended bottles of fizz from Humble Grape or dinner for two at the likes of The Ivy In The Park. Find interior inspiration at The White Company or John Lewis & Partners, biophilic beauty from Flowers & Plants Co., feel-good-factor for fitness fans at Lululemon and Sweaty Betty, sartorial style from Mango to BOSS, and even the gift that gives a little back with a donation to Canary Wharf partner, The Felix Project or taking a newly bought toy to the ELBA Christmas Toy Appeal at Jubilee Place.

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7. QI: The brand-new Canary Wharf pub quiz at The Breakfast Pub

The Breakfast Pub

Give it your best Stephen Fry impression at the Breakfast Pub’s brand-new pub quiz. Take a punt at winning a rolling cash jackpot at The Breakfast Club, joined by your most strategically chosen mates and colleagues. Visit for a post-work giggle led by host Andy every Tuesday from 6.30pm, complete with Happy Hour from 4 ‘til 8pm and a dinner menu to fuel those brain cells. It’s a maximum of six players per team and entry is just £2 (cash only).

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8. Festival of Lights: Diwali in Canary Wharf

Diwali Rangoli

Things are about to light up in spectacular style as we celebrate Diwali in Canary Wharf. Take a moment to look around from Wednesday 8 until Sunday 12 November, when the Hindu Festival of Lights sees a beautiful Rangoli display in Jubilee Place. Created using traditional coloured rice and diya lamps to honour the triumph of light over dark, tradition has it that these patterns encourage the Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, Lakshmi, to enter the community. The display is free to visit.

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9. Party Pampering

Ted's Grooming Room interior

Get Christmas party ready with advice and expert experience at Canary Wharf’s wellness and beauty destinations in the lead up to the holidays. Enjoy make-up consultations at Bobbi Brown with in-store one-on-one lessons for Christmas party beauty. Get your hair done at Jon Hala or Toni & Guy, smarten up at Ted’s Grooming Room or Adam Grooming Atelier, and polish those nails at Townhouse.

10. Festive feel-good-factor with fitness classes in Canary Wharf

Barrry's gym

Feel your best as you head into the festive season with fitness that’s fun and motivating all year round. Drop into a supercharged class at Barry’s for a celebrity-style workout, boost your serotonin at Sweat by BXR or visit Third Space Canary Wharf to scale new heights on their indoor climbing wall and preempt those mince pies at one of 210 classes per week.

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