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Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

London, United Kingdom

The Basics

This modern district is home to the headquarters of some of the biggest names in banking and media, and a walking tour is the best way to admire the gleaming skyscrapers and glass-fronted high-rises. Notable landmarks include the 771-foot (235-meter) tall One Canada Square, the second-tallest building in the UK after The Shard.

It’s not all about work in Canary Wharf though: The revitalized docks now serve as an urban playground for the city’s most affluent residents, with a suitably elegant selection of bars and restaurants, and a thriving shopping district. Additional highlights include the unique Traffic Light Tree, an installation artwork by Pierre Vivant; the Centaur, a modern sculpture by Igor Mitoraj; and the Museum of the London Docklands. Visitors can enjoy the Canary Wharf area on a city group or private sightseeing tour, or from the river on a Thames boat tour or dinner cruise.

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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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A great fun trip and worth the money.
Kate_C, Jul 2022
Speedboat 'Canary Wharf Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
Brilliant fun!!! Great combination of seeing some of the major London sights including some witty commentary ftom the guide along with exhilarating speedboat ride once past Tower Bridge. Highly recommend. .
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Exceeded expectations!
Paul_D, May 2022
Speedboat 'Canary Wharf Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
My boys and I had an excellent time. The tour guide was enthusiastic and full of facts about London, which was a great start as we saw the sights. Then the fun really started as we went full throttle to Canary Wharf with music blaring as we went. Loved it!
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Yay
Katie_M, Jul 2022
Speedboat 'Canary Wharf Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
High octane fun and informative ride. Great guide. Felt safe but thrilling. Great experience. Recommended.
star-5
Lots of smiles
Stacey_J, May 2022
Speedboat 'Canary Wharf Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
Music and the sights … the whole experience was really enjoyable. My Son was 21 and next time he’s down he’s going to take his girlfriend
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Fab thrilling speed river ride
Erum_S, May 2022
Speedboat 'Canary Wharf Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
Great crew and a fascinating commentary - I learnt something new and lived in London last 30years. Did on a Sunday so less commercial boats on river so we really had a great Adrenalin speed run - my teenage kids loved it! Great to be out on the water on a sunny day to see London for a different viewpoint. Recommended!
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The way we were bouncing...
VanessaGradidge, May 2022
Speedboat 'Canary Wharf Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
The way we were bouncing over the waves with the water splashing over us. It was surreal! Would highly recommend it to the adventurous!
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I’ll book again!
Laura_G, May 2022
Speedboat 'Canary Wharf Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
Didn’t realise it was going to be so speedy. We loved the music and interesting facts along the way! Thank you +++
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Speed was the name
Paul_G, Aug 2021
Speedboat 'Canary Wharf Experience' to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
My first experience on the rib ride on the Thames When arrived at he pier on the embankment at the desk for the rib ride was welcome a lovely member of staff who went through all the safety issues & took photos of all the groups on our own phone very good memory The 2 guys on the boat was helpful on the experience IE told about the history of the buildings on the slow part of the ride which was interesting The fast section was unbelievable fantastic experience Valve for money and will tell family & friends if going to London book tickets for this ride
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Shoppers should head for the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, Cabot Place, or Jubilee Place.

  • Canary Wharf has a huge number of bars and restaurants, most of which are located around Canada Square.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout Canary Wharf.

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How to Get There

Canary Wharf is located in London’s Docklands, on the north bank of the River Thames and just east of the City of London. The closest underground station is Canary Wharf (Jubilee line). It’s also possible to arrive by boat along the Thames (Canary Wharf Pier).

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When to Get There

As a working district, Canary Wharf is busiest on weekdays, when the restaurants and bars are packed for lunch and after-work drinks. Alternatively, explore the streets on a weekend, when the offices are closed and workers have commuted home; that’s the best time to shop, sightsee, or relax in the park.

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Seasonal Events at Canary Wharf

Canada Square Park hosts events, concerts, and art displays throughout the year. In the summer months, there are music concerts and an open-air cinema offering regular movie nights. Winter activities include an ice skating rink, light art installations, and carol concerts. Canary Wharf also boasts a large collection of public art with walking trails between works. Another popular spot, the free Crossrail Place Roof Garden, hosts daily events during its summer Bloom festival.

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