Canary Wharf Welcomes Jamie’s Italian

Canary Wharf food lovers today celebrated the opening of Jamie’s Italian, the first of a mouth-watering array of restaurants opening at Canary Wharf in the second half of 2009.

Inspired by Jamie Oliver, Jamie’s Italian offers high quality, authentic Italian food at an affordable price. The Churchill Place-based restaurant is the first Jamie’s Italian to open in inner London, following successful ventures in Oxford, Bath, Kingston and Brighton.

In the next few months Jamie’s Italian will be joined by an impressive list of restaurants, including Canteen, Wahaca, Rocket, Roka and more, helping to cement Canary Wharf’s fast-growing reputation as a culinary destination.

Camille Waxer, Vice President of Retail at Canary Wharf Group said:

“It is a vote of confidence in Canary Wharf that we are able to attract some of the most sought-after restaurant brands in London.”

“The continued growth in the number of Canary Wharf visitors and workers requires the quality, quantity and variety of dining options to keep pace.”

”Jamie Oliver and Canary Wharf is a very exciting combination and we are delighted that London’s first Jamie’s Italian open’s here.”

In autumn Jamie’s Italian will be joined in the new Churchill Place retail mall by Rocket. The Canada Square Pavilion, also opening in the autumn, will be home to Roka, Canteen, Wahaca and a Lloyds TSB bank branch.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of Grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London.

Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space – more than any other company in London.

Canary Wharf is home to many of the world’s leading business organisations, including in the professional services, media, law, energy, financial services and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, including many of Britain’s leading brands.

The Estate includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas. Canary Wharf hosts over 180 events a year and has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art.

As at 31 December 2008 the vacancy rate for Canary Wharf owned office space was 0.3%. The average unexpired lease length was 18 years.

Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2008, CWG signed agreements to commence work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and to continue work on a new European Headquarters for J.P. Morgan. KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings open new office buildings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010, bringing thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis.