Nothing can get a Londoner’s chin-wagging quite like a new tube line. And with the arrival of our new purple friend, the Elizabeth line, the possibilities for exploring the city this summer are only growing.
Just 6 minutes from Liverpool Street, 9 minutes from Farringdon and 17 minutes from Paddington, you can now travel to one of the greatest contributors to London’s iconic skyline with ultimate ease!
Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled day of activities, a quick drink after work with friends, or simply somewhere to chill by the water, Canary Wharf has a never-ending list of hot spots to try out. With a treasure trove of food and beverage outlets to explore and loads of free events on offer, it is the perfect summer hangout!
Discover a range of fantastic free art in Canary Wharf’s outdoor trails
Tap into London’s vibrant art scene without spending a penny and enjoy an afternoon meandering through Canary Wharf’s outstanding outdoor art trails. These free trails include works from artists such as Camille Walala, Henry Moore, Julian Wild and Ottotto. You can also visit amazing installations such as the ‘Urban Refuge’, created using donated denim items from shoppers collected on World Earth Day.
In a playful marriage of art and outdoor adventure, artists Craig Redman and Karl Maier have designed a bold, bright minigolf course that is free to use. Brimming with colourful designs and novelty features, this charming installation is the perfect activity for all ages to enjoy.
Kick back at an outdoor cinema screening
This summer you can also enjoy the best of both worlds with Canary Wharf’s big Summer Screens. Don’t waste a moment of the sunshine sitting indoors, visit Canada Square Park or Union Square for a great programme of screenings. From sports fixtures to Pride Month Movie Nights and Family Film club, there is something for everyone.
Catch unforgettable free live performances at Festival14
Get your festival fix in Canary Wharf this summer with Festival14’s fantastic programme of free music acts. Between July 21-24, Canary Wharf’s parks, gardens, squares and outdoor spaces will come to life in a four-day arts festival, also hosting a range of awesome dance, theatre and comedy acts. From hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash and disco diva Jocelyn Brown, to the mesmerising House Gospel Choir, this top-tier line-up is not one to miss. You can also get involved in the festival’s variety of free workshops and events, and don’t forget to check out the street food market and dine on something delicious!
Feast on foodie favourites
If you’re feeling peckish, head to Mercato Metropolitano’s MMy Wood Wharf for a tasty bite. This new artisanal food market offers outstanding global cuisine from Chinese street food, to Neapolitan pizza and big juicy burgers to craft beer and cocktails. They’re even open until 1am between Thursday and Saturday, so you can enjoy every last moment of your evening. Plus, if you venture downstairs to The Temple of Art and Music beneath MMy Wood Wharf you can enjoy jazz nights and live music to really amp things up!
Light it up at the Summer Lights Exhibition
But be sure to catch a glimpse of the Summer Lights exhibition while daylight hours are still upon us. Throughout eleven new installations, Canary Wharf’s outdoor areas will be transformed into sparkling, colourful spaces. Enhanced by the play of natural light, the installations will create beautiful patterns, reflections and colours from the moment the sun rises.
Take to the water
What better way to rediscover London from a new perspective than from the water? You and up to seven mates can spend a blissful afternoon cruising through a stunning selection of London’s Docklands. Just pack a picnic, hop into one of Canary Wharf’s self-driving GoBoats and after some quick instructions from their crew, you’re away. The boats are also dog-friendly, so you can bring your pup along for the ride!