BAR REVIEW: One Canada Square, Canary Wharf
London’s Canary Wharf is nearly as well known for its thriving bar and restaurant scene as it is for the financial service institutions that take residence on the East London ‘island’. It goes without saying that with so much lucrative business on offer, the bars are equally as competitive. We were recently invited down to One Canada Square, a new restaurant and bar that shares the name of Canary Wharf’s most internationally recognised pyramid topped skyscraper, and is situated on the ground floor lobby of the building.
As far as locations go, you can’t get more prestigious than the One Canada Square building. The restaurant is owned by gastropub specialists The ETM Group of The Botanist and The Jugged Hare fame. Unlike many of their other ventures, One Canada Square is a modern bar, and has been designed in keeping with the rest of the building with marble and green tinted glass prevalent throughout. It is split over two floors with a small bar area on each, both offering a generous selection of cocktails and wines to choose from.
Judging by the menu and speaking to the bartenders, gin is an obvious favourite here. There is a whole section dedicated to signature G&Ts, Negronis, and the prospect of regular gin masterclasses in the upstairs bar. On my visit I had a G&T made using the Spanish Gin Mare, garnished with rosemary and an olive to match 2 of the main botanicals used in its distillation. I also tried one of the most unusual Negroni’s I’ve ever made with an artichoke liqueur to replace the traditional Martini Rosso, giving a slight sweet edge to the normally very bitter drink.
A stone’s throw away from Canary Wharf tube station and cocktails around £10, if you happen to find yourself around Canary Wharf looking for an intimate drink, then One Canada Square isn’t a bad shout.
One Canada Square Restaurant, 1 Canada Square, E14 5DX. Nearest Station: Canary Wharf