London at Canary Wharf
We asked Concierge Jamsheed Pocha of Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions he could find—not just his own, but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some he works with every day at the Hotel. A little over seven miles east of the West End, Canary Wharf—so named because it was once the wharf at which ships from the Canary Islands docked with their cargoes of bananas and tomatoes—is a high-rise business district on the bank of the Thames.
Spend Time in Greenwich
For an afternoon’s sight-seeing, hop on the Docklands Light Railway to Island Gardens, from which the Greenwich Foot Tunnel takes you under the Thames to Greenwich, one of the greenest and most architecturally splendid parts of London. It’s home to some remarkable Baroque buildings, among them the Old Royal Naval College and Queen’s House. And it is the site of the Royal Observatory, through which the prime meridian runs.
In the Canary Wharf area, Plateau has a stylishly designed dining room—Eero Saarinen Tulip tables and chairs, great views from its fourth-floor floor-to-ceiling windows—and an alluring, quite meaty Modern British menu. Try the honey-spiced Goosnargh duck or the roast fillet of Hereford beef.
In the Modern Style
For a dose of culture, take a Thames Clipper, a high-speed catamaran that runs every 20 minutes from Canary Wharf pier west to the South Bank, a sight-seeing trip in itself. In 17 minutes, you’ll be at Bankside, the pier for Shakespeare’s Globe, the facsimile Elizabethan theatre, and also for Tate Modern. Don’t miss the mesmerising room of Rothkos, based in the former Bankside Power Station, ingeniously converted by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron.
For Concerts and Sports
The O2 Arena, better known as the Millennium Dome, is a huge white circular tented structure designed by Richard Rogers as part of the nation’s millennial celebrations. A popular concert venue, it’s also used for tennis, boxing, wrestling and basketball. And don’t forget about the roller disco.