London, Canary Wharf: East Side Art and Jazz Club Cool

Visit London’s resurgent East Side, home to the 2012 Olympics, for innovative art and dining. And become a member of Boisdale, the hot new jazz club.

Jan 11, 2012
London's Boisdale Jazz Club
See one of the nightly concerts (Mondays through Saturdays) at London's Boisdale Jazz Club.
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London’s East Side is now the city’s hottest area—vibrant, hip, rich in historic character—and Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf places you front and centre, right above the River Thames.

A boutique-style setting, Four Seasons offers modern Italian dining and complimentary access to one of the city’s top fitness clubs. You’re part of the dynamic district of Canary Wharf, filled with gleaming skyscrapers, fantastic shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

While the West End is familiar and well-established, this East Side Four Seasons offers you a new range of London experiences. Learn more at the Travel East London web site.

Experience the Cool New East Side Art Scene

East London is booming and busy with all the preparations for the 2012 Olympics. In fact, one of the main intentions of the Olympics project was to regenerate the area.

In an exclusive Four Seasons experience, you can discover this burgeoning section of London with its dynamic mix of industry and art galleries.

Take a black cab from Four Seasons to Fish Island, a historic neighbourhood of original 19th-century warehouses that is now directly across from the 80,000-seat bowl of the Olympic Stadium.

Your destination is Forman’s, a fourth-generation, family-owned salmon-smoking business, established in 1905 and recently relocated to a new building on the bank of the River Lea. (Forman’s has supplied smoked salmon to Four Seasons in London since the 1970s.)

The top floor of the building is home to the Smokehouse Gallery, an art space founded to provide artists with a high-profile platform to introduce their work to new audiences. Each month, invited curators handpick artists from the local, national and international art community, creating a varied programme of exhibitions.

You’ll enjoy either or both: a private introduction by the gallery curator and a private meeting with the artist currently on show (by request).

Then head downstairs for lunch or dinner in Forman’s Restaurant, where Executive Chef Lloyd Hardwick—formerly of the Tate Modern—focuses on modern British dining, including a special Forman’s salmon tasting menu.

As a takeaway gift, you’ll receive a package of smoked fish and other treats from Forman & Field.

Become a Member in London’s Hottest New Jazz Club

For this exclusive Four Seasons package, you enjoy automatic Boisdale membership privileges during your stay, including a special dinner and complimentary concerts.

Boisdale is one of Europe’s largest jazz venues—giving serious competition to London’s legendary Ronny Scott’s—with Jools Holland as its official Patron of Music. The club features nightly concerts from Mondays through Saturdays, starring top musicians and bands.

It’s a truly impressive two-storey venue, decorated with lacquer red and dark green walls, rich mahogany panelling, and an eclectic array of classical and modern artwork.

On the first floor is The Oyster Bar & Grill, a vast crescent of white marble featuring a magnificent display of crustacea. Upstairs there’s a spacious restaurant, specialising in traditional Scottish cuisine. There’s also the Whisky Bar, featuring over 1,000 bottles of whisky and claiming to be the world’s largest whisky collection. The outdoor Cigar Terrace is adjoined by The Cuban Library & Shop, a walk-in humidor with one of London’s most extensive selections of Cuban cigars.

As part of this unique membership opportunity, you’ll enjoy a special Scottish-themed dinner menu, created exclusively for Four Seasons guests.

Linger at the club and enjoy complimentary access to all concerts (subject to availability at the time of booking). Afterwards, stroll home to Four Seasons, where a special gift will be waiting in your room to help you remember this East Side introduction.

To help you plan your winter escape to London, these exclusive Four Seasons opportunities are available in easy-to-arrange packages.

Or, read more about the European Capitals of Culture.


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