Tube Stop Tuesday: Canary Wharf
What I love most about my Tube Stop Tuesday series is that I learn so much more about the city I live in. Just when I thought I knew my way around and all the best spots, I stumble upon more little gems. I’ve always loved Canary Wharf and the mark it has on the London skyline, and I’m regularly passing through the hustle and bustle of the area to get to my boyfriend who lives in Greenwich. I’ve wandered around a few times and I know my way about, but recently I really explored the area and got to know it much better. It’s funny that millions of people work in the city and travel through it every day, but do they really see it? You can visit a place every single day without actually experiencing it. If you pay attention to the small things, the world becomes a more interesting place!
When you think of Canary Wharf, what pops into your mind? I usually think of tall glass buildings and smartly dressed people rushing around to get to their next meeting. It has a very modern look and feel to it compared to many other popular parts of London. Canary Wharf is the closest I’ve felt to being in Manhattan (without actually being in Manhattan!). It boasts many classy looking restaurants and bars which look as though they’d go down a treat in the summertime – if it’s not raining, of course…
There are two stations for Canary Wharf, one being on the underground (tube) which is accessible via the Jubilee line, and the other being on the DLR, short for Docklands Light Railway. It’s very close to other stations on the DLR, such as Herons Quay and West India Quay. It’s about a 10 minute walk from West India Quay to Herons Quay, with Canary Wharf being in the middle. As you can see on the map, the area is surrounded by water which makes for some lovely views.
Things to do near Canary Wharf Station:
- Enjoy all that’s on offer for food and drink! If you’re a foodie, or someone who enjoys an afternoon cocktail, you’ll be in your element. It’s not the cheapest place for dining and enjoying happy hour, but we’ve all got to enjoy a bit of luxury living now and again, right? And if all else fails there’s a Nando’s in the mini shopping mall in Jubilee Gardens.
- Wander around and enjoy the scenery. There’s a few bridges that offer nice views across the river. There’s plenty of nice places to sit down and enjoy the urban atmosphere.
- Wander around in Jubilee Gardens, right next to Canary Wharf underground station. When I first found this little spot I didn’t want to leave it. It’s like a miniature park full of miniature fountains, waterfalls and flowerbeds, and anything else you’d find in a city park, but miniature. Do you get the picture? It’s a miniature city park. There’s even bird boxes attached to the trees, what a nice touch! It’s lovely to know that wildlife is being encouraged in the most populated of areas. The trees are covered in twinkly lights and the little fountains light up at night. If you hadn’t already guessed, this is my favourite area in Canary Wharf.
- Spend money! In most parts of London there are plenty of shops. Grab yourself some retail therapy on the first floor of One Canada Square, the most iconic building in Canary Wharf. At a height of 235 metres, it is the tallest tower out of all the offices and stands out with its pointed roof which flashes every few seconds (this is used for warning aircraft). You can also enjoy a bit of shopping in that miniature park I mentioned earlier in Jubilee Place Shopping Mall.
- Enjoy a stroll to West India Quay. Right by the station there is a restaurant called The Big Easy which sits on the river. I always go past it when I’m on the DLR and I’m dying to eat and drink there. It looks like a lot of fun!
Have you been to Canary Wharf? What do you think of the area? I love the urban vibe it gives off. Stay tuned for a new Tube Stop post every Tuesday!
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