The summer bank holiday is fast approaching – here’s our pick of the top activities happening in Canary Wharf from Friday 27 through to Monday 30 August
Kick off the bank holiday in style on Friday at Pergola Lates. There’s no need for tickets or an entry fee; simply turn up to enjoy live music and flowing drinks until the early hours. Every week there’s a fresh line-up; on Friday 27 August Simone Sax is on at 7.30pm, followed by Rees Parker at 9pm and Seamus Haji at 11pm. What better excuse to stay out?
Pergola Lates, free, every Friday until the early hours, Pergola on the Wharf, Crossrail Place
Part of our Summer Family Festival, Quantum Theatre is re-telling the enchanting classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter at 2pm on Saturday 28 August.
Settle down with a picnic and get ready to join Peter Rabbit and his naughty cousin Benjamin on their mischievous adventures; they know very well that they are not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden, but they cannot resist. How will they ever escape? Find out in this adaptation that will take place al fresco in the stunning setting of Westferry Circus.
Summer Family Festival: The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny, free, 2pm, Saturday 28 August, Westferry Circus
Opening just before the bank holiday, on Thursday 26 August, is On the Other Hand, an exhibition of sculpture that reasserts the liveliness of ordinary things. Contemporary art gallery Brooke Benington has curated the exhibition across the Estate showcasing 15 artists’ work. The theme? The notions of revival and value and giving new purpose and vitality to existing or everyday objects, some of which have been inspired from the history of the Isle of Dogs and Docklands area.
On the Other Hand, free, Thursday 26 August – Friday 12 November, throughout Canary Wharf
Bringing the Notting Hill heat to Boisdale of Canary Wharf this August bank holiday weekend is Carnival Weekend. Taking place across three days, immerse yourself in the feel-good vibes of this festival where alongside Saxon Sound DJs, live music, steel bands, samba beats, Mi-Soul DJs and carnival dancers. Expect rum cocktails and a Caribbean inspired menu featuring mouth-watering jerk chicken, irresistible salt-fish fritters and all the Boisdale classics. All you need to do is to book your tickets and think about your outfit: the louder, brighter and bolder the better; don’t forget the feathers!
Bank Holiday Carnival Weekend, tickets prices vary, Saturday 28 – Monday 30 August, Boisdale of Canary Wharf
New to the Estate is Chef Nico Simeone’s latest venture: Six by Nico. Bringing an outpost to Canary Wharf after huge success in cities across the UK, as well as London’s Fitzrovia, Nico creates a story every six weeks where diners can experience a brand new six course tasting menu, each of which is themed on a different place and memory.
The theme this bank holiday weekend? The Chippie. Immerse yourself in the classic chip shop aroma, grab a fork and unwrap your favourite dishes, with the ultimate gluttonous end: a deep-fried Mars bar.
Six by Nico, six course tasting menu £37, matching wines £33, various times; book online, The Chippie menu is available until Sunday 19 September, Six by Nico, Chancellor Passage
Make the most of the last of the summer weather (fingers crossed for sunshine!) with some of the outdoor activities that are on offer across the Estate. Little ones will love the colourful hopscotch or space invader line maze in Columbus Courtyard. Next to it is minigolf where you can put your skills to the test with a nine-hole course that features the classic ‘loop-de-loop’ and ‘death drop’.
Other activities include ping pong and basketball; there’s plenty to keep you entertained, and what’s more, they’re all free.
Children’s Floor Games, free, Columbus Courtyard
Minigolf, free, 12noon-6pm daily, Columbus Courtyard
Ping Pong, free, 12noon-6pm daily, Cabot Square,
Bank Street Basketball, free, 12noon-6pm daily, Bank Street Park
A lot of us have missed going to the cinema this last year and a half, so now that it has reopened for good, head back to the big screen and make the most of the comfy sofas at Everyman. And with new feel-good films such as People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan and Free Guy, as well as family-friendly films including animated Spirit Untamed, there’s something for everyone.
Book your tickets here, Everyman Cinema, Crossrail Place