Hotels near Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is London's major financial district and awash with stunning skyscrapers and modern landmarks. Located on the former West India Docklands, Canary Wharf has become emblematic of 21st century London and has shaped the modern city's image around the world. Nearby Premier Inn hotels in London are perfectly placed for getting to the city's major corporate and tourist attractions.

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About Canary Wharf

Why is Canary Wharf famous?
Canary Wharf is the new financial centre of London, located in the East End of London in the Docklands and Isle of Dogs area and is near to the Excel Exhibtion Centre. It’s not only home to businesses and skyscrapers, however, but also houses a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants. It’s perhaps most famous for One Canada Square, the second tallest building in the UK at 235m above sea level.

Why is Canary Wharf called Canary Wharf?
Canary Wharf is named after the islands that produced a lot of its fruit and vegetable cargo, from the areas past days as a bustling dock.

What was Canary Wharf before regeneration?
Canary Wharf sits on the Isle of Dogs, which was once one of the busiest docks in the world. Between the 1960s and 1980s the port industry declined, leaving the area open for development. Construction of Canary Wharf began in 1988 and businesses began to move in from 1991.

Do people live in Canary Wharf?
Yes, an increasing number of residents now live in the glass skyscrapers around the quay, joining over 100,000 office workers who arrive there each day. 

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Visiting Canary Wharf

Is Canary Wharf expensive?
The bars and restaurants around Canary Wharf can be a little more expensive than other areas of the city, but with a range on offer from cafes to bistros, you’ll be able to find something to suit your budget.

What is there to do in Canary Wharf at night?
Canary Wharf is extremely lively at night, with plenty of city nightlife, bars and restaurants offering cocktails and dining experiences until late.

What time does Canary Wharf open?
The core opening hours for shops and buildings around Canary Wharf is 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 6pm on Sundays. However, most shops, cafes and bars have their own opening times, so it’s worth checking with them individually.

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Getting to and around Canary Wharf

How far is Canary Wharf from central London?
Canary Wharf is around six miles direct from Central London, or 9.5 miles by road. Depending on where exactly in the centre of the city you’re travelling from, you can expect around a half hour to 45 minutes journey by public transport or car.

Can I drive into Canary Wharf?
Yes, you can drive into Canary Wharf – it is linked to the City and West End by the Limehouse Link Tunnel and The Highway and to south of the river by The Blackwall and Rotherhithe tunnels. There are 2,500 paid public parking spaces available.

How do I get to Canary Wharf?
Getting around London is easy. The Canada Water London Overground station links to all parts of the city by train. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) network runs from Canary Wharf and Heron Quay stations to central stations such as Tower Gateway and Bank, as well as Stratford in the south and Woolwich in the north. For the tube, London Underground’s Jubilee Line runs frequent services between Canary Wharf and London Bridge, Waterloo, Green Park and more. All Canary Wharf stations are in Zone 2.

For a unique travel experience, MBNA Thames Clippers also runs regular boats from and to Canary Wharf pier from the city and the east.

Is there free parking in Canary Wharf?
Parking is generally paid for in all Canary Wharf car parks (except for business and residential spaces). At weekends and Bank Holidays, however, you can get 3 hours’ free parking by spending £10 in any shops, cafes, bars or restaurants; just ask for your ticket to be validated at point of purchase.

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