Leisure Time in Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf in East London is more than just a financial and business district. Beyond the shiny skyscrapers and modern architecture, the big complex is made up of five malls, restaurants and more. With a little escape from the Central London, we literally spent the day at Canary Wharf. And here’s how we spent our day there: sightseeing, quick shopping and movie-going. If you have lots of time in London and want to spend it shopping without the congestion, I’d recommend going to Canary Wharf.

Food
Though there are a myriad of food options at Canary Wharf, the vegan options aren’t that great compared to Central London. But there is one option, and that is Le Pain Quotidien.

Movies
Feeling a bit lazy from the gloomy weather, we visited Everyman Cinema to watch the new movie Arrival. First off, Arrival is our new favorite sci-fi movie. We thought it was excellent. Amy Adams always does a good job, but we thought this was one of her best performances. I wouldn’t be surprised if she and the movie win awards. The script and story were both well done. The movie was clever and thought-provoking. There was a lot of depth to it, and a lot of emotions as well. We left in awe. If you’ve seen Interstellar and really enjoyed that film, you’ll probably like Arrival as well. It’s nothing alike, but thought-provoking is what the two films have in common.

Second, The Everyman Cinema in London is really great. This is the best theater we’ve gone to, and the one at Canary Wharf is the first one we’ve been to. The seats are super comfortable. We sat in a two-seat sofa booth with lots of leg room to fully stretch out, with pillows and a side “tray” table for drinks and food. The seats are intimate with whom you’re sharing it with but separated enough from your neighbors. You won’t have the annoyance of someone kicking you behind your seats, or having to see heads in front of you as well. Another bonus is that they provide drinks that come in glass containers, with options of having healthy snacks besides the typical junk food. The overall experience was remarkable and we’d surely return and recommend it to others.

Shopping
Shopping in Canary Wharf can be a bit overwhelming, and it’s not always easy to navigate. We didn’t do a whole lot of this, but I can see it being a great place to shop at if it’s raining and you don’t want to shop outside.

Activities
From November through early February there is an ice rink at the complex. It’s not the biggest rink, but lots of people take to it. When we visited there were lots of people enjoying their time skating. I realize Christmas is nearing, and there are signs of it all over the city with Christmas lights and winter activities, but it sure doesn’t feel like it yet. Thanksgiving is just around the corner for Americans, and this year I don’t have the spirit for it — especially when we’re here in the UK. Honestly, I don’t mind and miss it. With our recent presidential election, we’re really not thankful for the result!

We took a quick stroll through Jubilee Park, entering the Remembrance Art Trail. It was dark, so we didn’t notice all of the art sculptures, but the Lost Soldiers in White really stood out to us.

It was a good day spent at Canary Wharf. It’s really not too far from Central London, and it’s a nice quick break from the congestion with a calmer pace.

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