Canary Wharf boasts some of the best restaurants in London whilst also being in one of the most affluent areas. Thankfully for us, and you, there's a number of restaurants perfect for any occasion. Take a look at our favourites below.
Where: Floor 37-39, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP
About: Situated in the heart of Canary Wharf is London's newest sky-high restaurant: Bōkan. With a talented team behind the stove, bar and terrace, it is easy to see why Bōkan is making a name for itself as one of London's best restaurants. Take a look below and see what we had to say.
Not many restaurants in London come with a view that gives you a 360° panoramic view of the city's skyline. Also, not many restaurants in London come with a menu that's on par with the picturesque view. Fortunately for us, and you, Bōkan has both and is deep in the centre of Canary Wharf. The space inside the restaurant has a decor that is as breathtaking as the view. Floor-to-ceiling windows, delicate brass, antique bronze, polished concrete and antique mirrors all captivate you as soon as you set foot in the bar.
When it comes to having it all, you can be assured that this restaurant certainly isn't lacking in any area. Having an exceptional head chef, Aurélie Altemaire, who was the former head chef at the Michelin-starred L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, means that your expectations of the food are naturally high. However, all expectations are surpassed by some way once you sit down to read the menu. Vibrant, seasonal dishes are what we came for and there are plenty to be had.
Food: After much debate, and a rather large amount of home made bread and butter (which was delightful!), we finally made the decision on what we were going to have. Both opting for the langoustine ravioli and tomato bisque to start was probably the best decision we could have made. Light, delicate and beautifully balanced, the ravioli set the tone for the evening and filled us with a huge amount of excitement for the rest of the menu.
Next, came the mains. I made the excellent decision of having the Rhug Estate Salt marsh lamb duo, grilled saddle and confit shoulder with oriental flavours. The lamb was, undoubtedly, the best piece of lamb that I have ever had in my entire life (sorry Mum). An incredible amalgamation of beautiful Asian flavours, on impeccably grilled pieces of lamb was a hit. Never have I experienced such an amazing combination of flavours, that I feared would not go well together, and been left so amazed by the flavours.
My guest's eyes, after seeing the lamb, had lit up. The Hereford 28 day-aged ribeye steak with padron peppers and roast Jersey Royals also hit the spot. The meat was incredibly soft but perfectly cooked, being surpassed by only the peppercorn sauce that arrived with it. We were left wondering how the mains could be beaten until we saw the deserts.
When it comes to picking a dessert off a menu where everything sounds delicious, it's always quite the task. However, after seeing the white chocolate sphere with gianduja, candied hazelnuts and apricot sorbet, we just knew the right decision had been made. The desserts arrived almost immediately and the presentation was incredible.
The chocolate sphere encased the apricot sorbet, which meant that the warm gianduja sauce needed to melt the chocolate around it. A show stopping dessert that tasted just as good as it looked and a perfect end to a truly fantastic meal. Bōkan served us nothing short of incredible food, with delicate presentation and impeccable staff.
Atmosphere and Price: For three courses and a bottle of wine, you're looking at spending just over £150. This might seem a lot but when you take into account the breathtaking view, the incredible and the wonderful service, it's definitely worth it. If you're ever in Canary Wharf, then I'd highly recommend visiting this stunning restaurant. You won't regret it; I promise.
Although it may be in the heart of the financial district, meaning everybody is wearing suits, Bōkan's dress code is far from formal. It's a great balance of smart casual and means that you can get away with wearing trainers with trousers. However, as this is one of the nicest restaurants in London, we'd recommend going for a more smart casual look. A classic white shirt, some black jeans and a pair of decent brogues will hold you through the evening.
The Sipping Room
Where: Unit C, 16 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London, E14 4AX
About: The Sipping Room, formerly known as the Bothy, is one of Canary Wharf's more picturesque locations. Situated in the scenic West India Quay, you can be sure to enjoy a waterside meal in one of London's most sought after areas. The Sipping Room is the latest in Drake and Morgan's empire and is its first bar-restaurant hybrid, meaning you quite literally get the best of both worlds. Whether you're after a quick alfresco lunch, some after work drinks, or simply a place to come and relax on a lazy Sunday afternoon, you can be sure that The Sipping Room will cater your needs.
What we like most about The Sipping Room is how it is quite literally an escape from the city, within the city. Sitting amongst the towering skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, you wouldn't expect to find this little oasis of calm. This is thanks to the restaurant's carefully-thought-out Thames-side terrace. Here you'll find one expanse of greenery with seasonal trees and British blossoms giving you a calm retreat from city life. So sit back and enjoy a drink as the sun goes down around you. Don't want to go in when the sun does eventually go down? Drake and Morgan have catered to that. Think wooly blankets and even hot water bottles for those particularly chilly nights.
Inside The Sipping Room embraces the interior trend that is industrial elegance. Situated over two floors, the venue sits within a grade II listed wharf warehouse, so you can expect plenty of unique and original features. Think a combination of dark timbers, flagstone flooring and structural steel beam, while true to the Drake and Morgan theme that runs through their restaurants, caramel touches and modern furniture compliment the original architecture. Chuck in candelabras and eclectic art work and you'll be sure to find yourself at home whether you're heart to do a spot of work or simply catch up with friends.
On the ground floor you'll find the bar which adds to the ambient mood. A long natural wood bar is adorned with leather clad bar stools, perfect for those wanting to see the night away with one too many drinks. If you prefer a more intimate or private evening, the downstairs area does also have tables for two, set under dimly lit retro hanging lamps, or if you prefer there are a series of cow-hide leather booths.
If you fancy an even more relaxed ambience, then the lower ground floor is for you. This is where you'll find comfort, with sofas situated around a unique bar with geometric tiles being the perfect spot for you to while away the afternoon. Here you'll really get a feel for the wharf warehouse, with exposed brick standing exactly as it did when the wharf was in use. Add in the concept of the outdoors inside with the trick of planters and shrubbery, and you've got the perfect setting for a catch up over coffee (or gin).
Food and Drink:
Drake and Morgan have earned themselves a place as one of London's leading cocktail creatives and you can be sure to get some of the best from across the capital at The Sipping Room. Here you'll find the expertise of the mixologists second to none (you can even join a mixology class if you desire) and the wharf is the perfect place for some Thursday night post-work cocktails. While classics such as Negronis and the popular Old Fashioned adorn the menu, you'll find some more unique and contemporary twists on those favourites. These are just some of our favourites from the lengthy menu: Bees Need Knees (Botanist gin, Cointreau, lemon juice & honey syrup); London Spritz (Tanqueray gin, cucumber, elderflower, apple, mint & soda); and New Frontier (Bulleit bourbon, vanilla syrup, rhubarb liqueur and Peychaud bitters). An extensive range of zero proofs, including Garden Fizz (basil, blackberries, raspberries, lemon and agave) and Black Magic (beetroot juice, honey, lime and activated charcoal).
Perhaps cocktails aren't for you? Then check out The Sipping Room's extensive wine list, which champions wines and vineyards from across the world. The wine list features over 40 wines, with 20 available by the glass, so there will definitely be something for the wine lover amongst us. For the beer fan, The Sipping Room offers a number of London's best drinks, including Camden Hell's Lager, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Goose Island IPA.
Foodwise, The Sipping Room continues its theme of sophisticated yet laid-back, with an exquisite menu of all those classic favourites, but with a slight twist. The restaurant is open seven days a week, for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, so no matter what time of the day it is, or what you're after, you can be sure to get it here.
To start with we recommend grabbing yourselves some prawn lollipops, crispy squid and a scotch egg - three or four dishes between two will set you up for your main courses just nicely (was these down with a cocktail). With regards to mains, we are particular fans of the wagyu burgers, flatbreads and sharing boards, in particular the crayfish flatbread. If you're looking for something a little bigger, we recommend going for the chimmichurri half chicken, while if you fancy something a little lighter, The Sipping Room has a great selection of salads to satisfy you.
At the weekend, why not try one of the restaurants excellent brunches. Whether you're nursing a hangover, just catching up with friends or fancy a healthy breakfast in a serene waterside location, there is guaranteed to be something for you on the menu. Saffron baked eggs, delicious pastries and quinoa bowls sit alongside classics like a full English breakfast and steak and eggs. On Sunday there is a brunch menu which consists of all your favourite breakfasts, with a few of the all day menu top picks chucked in, such as burgers and salads, while Sunday roasts are also on offer. Our go-to? Buttermilk chicken waffle with avocado, sour cream, jalapeno and chilli maple syrup of course.
Atmosphere and Price: For around £110 you can be sure to get a good meal that will more than fill two of you up. This will include a few starters to share, a main course each and a dessert, while enjoying a bottle of wine and a cocktail each. We loved the feel of the place, especially as it was situated amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, but it totally didn't feel like it in any way. The idyllic Thamesside setting and green oasis of calm more than kept us happy.