Canary Wharf Turns Purple to Celebrate Elizabeth Line Opening – 24.05.22

  • One Canada Square, Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Jubilee Park and Canada Square Park benches all lit up in purple
  • Travel time to wharf cut by up to 20 minutes, and just 39 minutes to Heathrow once extension opens later this year
  • Line offers quicker access to London’s largest collection of outdoor art, the UK’s fastest go kart track, a shopping event, Crossrail Place Roof Garden and much more

Canary Wharf has turned its iconic buildings, bridges and parks purple to celebrate today’s opening of the Elizabeth line.

The new air-conditioned trains come with WiFi, are 205m long and can carry up to 1,500 people – over double a Piccadilly line tube capacity. The high-speed trains will run every five minutes and cut journey times to central London stations by up to 20 minutes.

Commuters are now able to get to Canary Wharf in just 12 minutes from Tottenham Court Road compared to nearly 20 minutes previously, while travel time to Liverpool Street has been cut by 80 per cent, from 26 to just six minutes long.

The new line offers speedy access to London’s largest outdoor collection of public art, the UK’s fastest go karting track, London’s only free minigolf course and the country’s first vending machine-like Short Story Stations. Diners can easily visit hundreds of bars, cafés and restaurants including the new ‘floating’ Hawksmoor on the docks and Pergola’s first bricks & mortar restaurant in the country.

Visitors will see the famous One Canada Square building lit up in purple for the next week, while Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Jubilee Park and Canada Square Park’s benches will have the purple treatment for a full month from today. The famous Camille Walala designed Adams Plaza Bridge will have dazzling moving lights all across it in celebration of the line.

What to expect on arrival at Canary Wharf:

  • A purple celebration: to mark the new line’s opening, Canary Wharf has lit up a number of its iconic buildings, parks and bridges in purple
  • London’s largest public art collection: over 110 outdoor artworks from artists including Henry Moore and Yinka Ilori, plus a diverse programme of exhibitions and events throughout the summer
  • Over 100 restaurants, bars and cafes: street food markets join hundreds of bars and restaurants including Hawksmoor, Caravan, The Ivy in the Park, Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, Six by Nico and Mercato Metropolitano. Many are set to offer alfresco dining this summer, their terraces spilling out onto the pavements, squares and rooftops
  • Wharf Weekender: exclusive discounts and deals at the Wharf’s four-day shopping and food event from Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th May
  • Capital Karts: the UK’s fastest indoor go-karting track is open at Canary Wharf with speeds of up to 40mph. Groups of all sizes are welcomed to race against each other to take the title
  • Minigolf: London’s only free minigolf course* designed by transatlantic duo Craig & Karl can be found in Montgomery Square alongside Ping Pong tables and weekly food markets
  • Crossrail Place Roof Garden: an oasis above the station and one of London’s largest roof gardens which will host live acoustic music throughout summer
  • GoBoats: to sail around the river in style
  • Summer cinema: don’t miss any of the summer’s most exciting games, races and championships as Canada Square Park and Union Square is playing them all on the big screen

The Elizabeth Line: the facts

  • High speed trains will run from Canary Wharf west to Paddington and east to Abbey Wood
  • The state-of-the-art trains are 205m long can carry 1,500 passengers – more than any other line. That’s over twice as much as a Piccadilly line (798), and much more than the Jubilee line (904)
  • Trains equipped with air conditioning and Wi-Fi, wheelchair spaces, luggage spaces and a mix of metro and main-line type seats
  • Speed to Canary Wharf from all over London – Excel 3 mins, Whitechapel 3 mins, Liverpool St 6 mins, Farringdon 9 mins, Tottenham Court Road 12 mins, Bond St 14 mins, Paddington 17 mins
  • Once the full line opens, there will be one train every 30 seconds at Canary Wharf during peak times, with 12 Elizabeth line trains per hour, 15 DLR and 32 Jubilee in each direction

Shobi Khan, CEO, Canary Wharf Group said: “The Elizabeth line is great for London and a game changer for Canary Wharf. This state-of-the-art new line is an incredible engineering achievement and Canary Wharf Group is proud to have played its part, delivering the spectacular Canary Wharf station building with new restaurants, bars and cafes and one of London’s largest green roof gardens.

“The Elizabeth line will add capacity for up to 342,000 more passengers every day and connect Canary Wharf to Liverpool Street in 6 minutes, Paddington in 16 minutes and Heathrow Airport in 39 minutes. The Elizabeth line will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes’ travel to Canary Wharf.

“The Elizabeth line adds to Canary Wharf’s great transportation connectivity so more Londoners can enjoy its extraordinary environment – over 300 amazing restaurants, bars and shops, 20 acres of parks and gardens, 5 km of water side boardwalks, 2,500 award winning homes to buy and rent, sustainable and flexible workspaces for any business, and the largest public art collection in the UK – It’s All Here.”

Shops and restaurants around the Wharf are also celebrating the new line with highlights including new purple cocktails at Chai Ki, Gallio and Shutters. Customers at The Body Shop can quote ‘Elizabeth’ at the till to get a 9ml Sleep essential oil, while those named Elizabeth will enjoy a free protein shake at Barry’s and free udon at Marugame Udon.

The station has been architecturally inspired by the maritime heritage of the Estate and Canary Wharf’s status as the leading sustainable developer in the UK has meant that eco credentials have been kept front of mind when developing the station and Crossrail Place Roof Garden, which sits above it.

Click here for more information on what to do once you’ve arrived at Canary Wharf on the new line


For further information, please contact:

Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166

Notes to Editors

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and over 1,100 Build to Rent apartments. 

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK and also excels operationally as it purchases 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and zero waste to landfill since 2009. 

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live, work and thrive on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk.

The Company’s current £2bn construction activity and pipeline includes more than 500k sq ft NIA of commercial properties and over 2,300 new homes for sale and rent.
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