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London’s Docklands area is a fascinating mix of the old and the new, so be sure to include this vibrant area on your London travel itinerary. Contributor Maureen Littlejohn shares her list of the top luxury hotels in Canary Wharf from which to explore the area, whether you’re on business or on holiday
History, business, shopping and dining all converge in this east end area of London. Once home to the Empire’s mighty East India Company, it is now a hopping financial district chock and block with corporate offices.
A variety of luxury hotels in Canary Wharf can be found, from floating platforms, to a heritage building where orating politicians once stood, to sky-scraping towers of chrome and glass.
Whether you are looking for a short stay and close proximity to railway and tube stations in order to explore the city, or longer stay options in the vicinity of corporate headquarters these top luxury hotels in Canary Wharf offer plenty of choice.
The Best Luxury Hotels in Canary Wharf
Canary Riverside Plaza
The only 5-star independent hotel located in the Canary Wharf financial district, Canary Riverside Plaza sits waterside, overlooking the River Thames.
Sleek rooms include American black walnut furnishings and large limestone bathrooms, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and coffee/tea making facilities on request. All have city or river views. Suites add living areas, and some have separate dining areas. Room service is available.
Quadrato Restaurant Bar & Lounge offers an Italian inspired menu and crafted cocktails, as well as afternoon tea, with an option to sit on the terrace seating overlooking the river. Guests can use the adjacent health club and spa with 20-meter infinity pool, sauna, and steam room.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Canary Riverside Plaza
The Collective Canary Wharf
A co-living space in vibrant East London, this creative community haven is a 15-minute walk from Canary Wharf Station. This all-suite accommodation is one of the best luxury hotels in Canary Wharf for those needing to be close to Crossharbour DLR station.
Different sized studio spaces include Cosy, Standard, and Comfy. All feature Wi-Fi, smart TVs, kitchenettes, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some have seating areas. Short and long-term stays are available.
There’s a restaurant/bar, spa with sauna, steam and treatment rooms, an indoor skyline pool with panoramic city views, and a gym. Plus, there’s a games room, a golf simulator, and screening room. Parking is available for a fee.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Collective Canary Wharf
Britannia International Hotel
This modern, glass-fronted building situated on the water’s edge is one of the best luxury hotels in Canary Wharf for those who enjoy superb views over the London skyline. A quick walk from Canary Wharf station, it is also close to the area’s business district.
Rooms have flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking equipment, while some feature windows with city or river views. The more spacious rooms feature city and/or river views as standard. The spacious suites feature sitting areas and spa baths. Upgrade to the the Penthouse for an incredible balcony overlooking the Thames. Wi-Fi is available (fees may apply).
On-site restaurants include Jenny’s and the Overstuffed Pizzeria, plus there are two bars. Parking is available for a fee, and some pet friendly units are available.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Britannia International Hotel
Good Hotel London
Bet you didn’t know that one of the top Canary Wharf hotels actually floats? Well, Good Hotel London does. This hotel with a social conscience is moored at Royal Victoria Dock and is a quick walk to Royal Victoria light rail station. All profits go directly to educating children and retraining locals to give them jobs in hospitality.
Inspired by Dutch design, rooms are compact, minimalist, and outfitted with natural, durable re-purposed materials. There’s free Wi-Fi, desks, and teamaking equipment (no TVs). Upgraded rooms add water views and some are located at the corners of the floating platform.
A sustainable restaurant serves vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes all day. There’s also a common area called the Living Room, as well as a bar, and a seasonal Canary Wharf roof garden terrace.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Good Hotel London
Hilton London Canary Wharf
The Hilton Canary Wharf hotel is close to the Heron Quays light rail station and surrounded by the area’s bustling shopping, dining, and corporate offices.
Contemporary rooms have large windows, modern furnishings, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, as well as mini fridges and desks with ergonomic chairs. Executive rooms are a bit bigger, while suites add sitting areas and panoramic views. Room service is available.
There’s a chic restaurant called Cinnamon with an international menu and afternoon tea, plus the TwoRuba Bar for drinks or coffee. Additional amenities include a fitness centre, business centre, and meeting rooms. Parking is extra, and the hotel is pet friendly.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Hilton London Canary Wharf
Lansbury Heritage Hotel
Housed in an elegant Victorian building, Canary Wharf’s only heritage hotel is surrounded by leafy churchyards. Named after George Lansbury, a politician who advocated for the poor and was actress Angela Lansbury’s father, the hotel is located in a protected area and is a 15-minute walk to the Canary Wharf tube station.
Spacious, high-ceilinged rooms feature tufted bed headboards and plush, stylish furnishings. They include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, tea and coffeemaking facilities, marble bathrooms, and minibars. The suite has a dormer ceiling and fireplace while the stunning octagonal tower room features sleigh bed and view of Canary Wharf skyline.
A restaurant/bar serves lunch and dinner, and the fitness facility has a steam room and sauna.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Lansbury Heritage Hotel
Marriott Executive Apartments London, Canary Wharf
Housed in a glass tower that faces the West India Docks waterfront, this is a great chice of London Canary Wharf hotels that’s located close to corporate offices, shops, restaurants, and the Canary Wharf tube station.
Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom accommodations feature dining areas, and workspaces with floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary artwork. They offer flat-screen TVs, fully equipped kitchens, and Wi-Fi for a fee. The one- and three-bedroom apartments add separate living rooms. Room service 24/7 and there’s also a grocery shopping service.
Head to the Manhattan Grill for a steak, or the G&Tea Lounge for afternoon tea and cocktails. There are 18 event rooms with equipment and services available.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Marriott Executive Apartments London
Novotel London Canary Wharf
This 39-storey tower is in the heart of the financial district and is a quick walk from the Canary Wharf tube station.
Spacious and modern rooms feature large windows, free Wi-Fi, 55-inch flat-screen, fridges, TVs and coffee and tea making facilities. Suites add living areas and panoramic city views. Room service is available. Late and express check-out offered.
Modern international restaurant BOKAN features a bar, and the Canary Wharf roof terrace has spectacular view and a reservation is advised. A great breakfast buffet is available for a fee. Other amenities include heated indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam bath, play area for children, and nine meeting rooms with e-board technology.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Novotel London Canary Wharf
Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton
In the heart of Canary Wharf, this industrial chic hotel is near Canary Wharf underground station and Docklands Light Railway station.
Rooms feature a mix of modern and classic design and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers, coffee and tea making facilities, and minibar. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, and some have views of Canary Wharf. Room service is available 24/7.
Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen offers Pan-Indian specialties, Food Store Restaurant is casual with a seasonal menu and breakfast options, and Food Store Grocer features take-away. Jack Speak Bar has an ‘Old World’ naval ambience and there’s also a chic lobby bar. Amenities include indoor pool and fitness centre.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton
Contributor Maureen Littlejohn is a Toronto-based travel writer and editor whose curiosity about food, culture and creativity has fueled adventures in four corners of the world.
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