Canary Wharf is the new financial centre located in the East End of London. It is worth visiting this outstanding example of regeneration which provides a first class working, shopping and leisure environment. It is a showcase of many modern architectural styles set in the old docklands environment. There are two large upmarket shopping malls providing a wide variety of goods, and there are numerous bars and restaurants. The shops and most bars and restaurants are open seven days a week until late evening.
The focal point of Canary Wharf is the tall white Canary Wharf Tower, this has 50 stories and stands 235 metres (770 feet) above ground level. It was the tallest building in the UK until The Shard surpassed it in 2010. Around Canary Wharf Tower are clustered other tall buildings mainly housing banking headquarters. The development provides abundant well kept green spaces and is surrounded by water with docks on three sides and the River Thames to the west.
Canary Wharf hosts two large shopping malls providing a wide variety of goods with shops ranging from those selling luxury brands such as Tiffany and Breitling, shops with well known high street names and small designer boutiques. Most shops are open seven days a week until late evening.
As well as the restaurants within the malls, there are many restaurants and bars along the sides of the docks.
On Fisherman’s Walk to the north of the main Canary Wharf tower you will find along the dock side:
On Thomson Reuters Plaza to the south of the tower:
Overlooking Canada Square Park, which lies to the east of the tower, are many culinary establishments:
There are also a number of restaurants along the River Thames to the west:
The parks and gardens of Canary Wharf host a range of plants set in innovatively designed landscapes with fountains, streams and works of modern art.
Canary Wharf hosts more than 100 art events every year.
It must be embarrassing to have to water the sedum mat on top of your 156m tall skyscraper with an ordinary garden hose...but that’s what Barclays Bank does on the roof of its corporate headquarters!
The sedum plants are so dry because the wind at this altitude dries everything to a bone.
There are little piles of stones on either side of the sedum mat - intended as a habitat for any insect intrepid enough to get this high. Hmm – that’s some serious mountaineering for a little guy and there’s not much to eat apart from sedum.
As a part of the planning application for the building, Barclays got kudos for putting this stuff on the roof.
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