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

1 December 2023

The Christmas lights are up, the present shopping is well underway and it’s time to get into the spirit of the season. Canary Wharf is brimming with offers and opportunities to indulge the senses, celebrate, spend time with friends and shop ‘til you drop in the lead up to the holidays. Here are 10 of the top things to see and do in Canary Wharf this December.

  1. Walking in a winter wonderland

    Nothing says Christmas quite like the scent of pine and a veritable explosion of glittering lights and baubles. In Canary Wharf you will find not one but multiple Christmas trees, garlands and decorations to get you into the festive spirit. Feel inspired as you spot them in the malls, or head to Jubilee Park to see a spectacular display of festive lights. Maybe even grab a hot drink from Ole and Steen at Jubilee Place en route.

  2. Seasonal simulation at Capital Karts

    Having made a name for itself as the UK’s fastest indoor go karting track, Capital Karts has added a new string to its bow with a Race Lounge complete with full motion racing simulators and a giant scalextric. Enhancing the ultimate racing experience, it’s a thrill for anyone aged 10 and over, with the option to compete in virtual events or even make a party of it with a group of friends.

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  3. Mural mesmerisation at Montgomery Street

    There’s a new treasure overlooking South Dock, where artist Lydia Hamblet has created a 15-metre mural to add to Canary Wharf’s permanent outdoor art collection. The award-winning Royal College of Art graduate has created a large-scale abstract work inspired by the weather and encouraging viewers to enjoy a shared observational encounter.

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  4. The Wharf Wishlist

    Naughty or nice, the Wharf Wishlist gives every person who enters our prize draw via the Canary Wharf app or website an opportunity to win a new prize each day in the lead up to Christmas. With gifts from Dishoom, L’Occitane, Monica Vinader, Lululemon and more just waiting to be won, Christmas might actually come as early as 1 December.

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  5. Sweet symphony with Canary Wharf carol singers

    Hark the Herald Angels Sing… well, sort of. A series of angelic performances are set to take place across Canary Wharf, courtesy of talented local groups. From Canada Place to Adams Plaza, enjoy the dulcet tones of Bright Horizons nursery, the London Docklands Singers choral society and more at the following events

    • Thursday 7 December, Canada Place, Bright Horizons nursery carols: 11-11.30am
    • Tuesday 12 December, Adams Plaza, Chaplaincy carols: 5-6pm
    • Thursday 14 December, Canada Place Crossroads, Bright Horizons nursery carols: 11-11.30am
    • Monday 18 December, Canada Place, London Docklands Singers: 5-7.30pm
    • Thursday 21 December, Canada Place Crossroads, Bright Horizons nursery carols: 11-11.30am


  6. Skate under the stars at Canada Square Park

    Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, enjoy skating under the Canary Wharf skyline whatever the weather, thanks to Canada Square Park’s covered ice rink. With sessions including 80’s, 90’s and Soul Classics nights, as well as the Grandstand Bar for observers or a well deserved ‘apres-skate’, enjoy the ultimate winter activity.

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  7. Give back with the East London Christmas Toy Appeal

    As you go about your Christmas shopping this year, get one extra present for a local child and we’ll make sure it’s delivered in time for Christmas Day. With thousands of children in the East of London living in poverty, it’s your chance to make a big difference to someone’s day. Bring your unwrapped toy to the drop off point in Jubilee Place, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, until Friday 15 December, or donate online.

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  8. Brunch of champions at Electric Shuffle

    Electric Shuffle

    The team who revolutionised the game of shuffleboard is taking the fun to a whole new level with their particular take on brunch. From Thursday to Sunday, join them for a feast of Prosecco and bottomless pizza combined with a little friendly competition. Great for groups of between six and 32 people, it’s partying with a twist. If brunch isn’t your thing, then choose from their menu of small plates and signature cocktails. For the champions amongst you, there’s even the option to raise a trophy cocktail (made to be shared), served in a show-stopping trophy cup!

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  9. Gospel truth at Pergola on the Wharf

    Weekends at Pergola on the Wharf just got even more dazzling as their resident choir brings its spectacular harmonies to Sunday brunches. Suitably dubbed  ‘Gospel Sundays’, it’s a chance to be blown away by their joyful take on classics from the worlds of funk, soul and more, whilst enjoying a three-course Sunday roast from a set menu for £45 per person. If you’re in the mood for something a little livelier, you can add bottomless Mimosas, Pergola Punch, Aperol Spritz or Prosecco for an extra £35 per person.

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  10. See in the New Year in style

    From a night in ‘Vegas’ to tasting menus and DJs, there’s a New Year’s Eve celebration for everyone in Canary Wharf this year – here’s a hint of what to look forward to (don’t forget to book!).

    New Year’s Eve at Boisdale

    Known for its jazz, its whiskey and its show stopping performances, Boisdale is pulling out all the stops once again with a NYE party for the ages. Join them for ‘One Night In Vegas Featuring Suspiciously Elvis’, as the hugely popular Elvis tribute act leads a night of celebration. Tables are available from 5.30pm, and the night features cocktails, food, drink and partying into the wee hours.

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    New Year’s Eve at Pergola on the Wharf 

    An evening brought to you by Moët & Chandon, Pergola On The Wharf knows how to party in style. Start the celebrations at 6pm and enjoy a sparkling evening of DJs, dancing, and a sumptuous three-course dinner menu.

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    New Year’s Eve at Clays

    Start the New Year with a bang at Canary Wharf’s unique virtual clay target shooting experience, complete with cocktails. Bring a group of friends and enjoy their Bottoms Up brunch on Sunday 31st December and Monday 1st January. Refresh and reload with signature cocktails, enjoy thrilling games, healthy competition and superb food curated by culinary director Roger Olsson, formerly of The Dorchester, The Ritz and Pierre De Terre.

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    New Year’s Eve at Mallow

    Tuck into seven spectacular courses in a mesmerising 100% plant-based tasting menu at mallow inspired by fireworks. For £70 per guest, start your evening with a citrus sparkler cocktail, and dine on a feast of unique favourites including black sesame shiitake toast, plantain crisps, mango passion golgappi and more.

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