Summer at Canary Wharf: Summer Lights, Swimming & Sofar Sounds – 05.08.22

  • Canary Wharf opens its waters to swimmers for the first time
  • Celebrate the beauty of natural light with the return of the Summer Lights festival
  • Enjoy nostalgic family favourite films at the outdoor Family Film Club screenings
  • Sample some of the tastiest street food dishes from around the world at the weekly markets

With summer in full swing, Canary Wharf will play host to a rich art, culture, retail, and sporting programme, most of which is free to visit.

Those looking to cool down this summer can take a dip in the wharf’s first open water swimming venue – a 600 metre course in the Middle Dock waters with iconic views of One Canada Square and Newfoundland.

Colourful outdoor exhibition Summer Lights is free to visit for the full season, featuring 17 multicoloured artworks that come to life at sunrise as the daylight shines through, creating beautiful patterns across the ground and nearby structures.

For sports fans, the London SUP Open – part of APP World Tour 2022, the global paddleboarding tournament – takes place in September. It’s not just about the competition; visitors can get involved in events including introductory paddle sessions and paddleboard yoga.

All the while, Summer Screens will be showing the hottest sporting fixtures and movies while free ping pong and minigolf can be played in Union Square and Montgomery Square.

Conscious Cuisine: On until August 11th

Estate wide

An eco-dining initiative in collaboration with a number of restaurants on the Estate that sees them offer innovative new dishes made from food that is sustainably sourced or would otherwise go to waste.  

The exclusive new menu items will be on the menus of Hawksmoor, Humble Grape, Gaucho, Caravan, and Pergola until Sunday 14th August.

Summer Lights: On until 20th August

Estate wide

Celebrating the beauty of natural light and the long summer days, Canary Wharf has transformed its outdoor areas into sparkling, colourful and inviting spaces with a series of multicoloured installations dotted around the estate.

Open Water Swimming: Ongoing

Middle Dock

In partnership with Love Open Water, Canary Wharf has opened its first open water swimming venue. Swimmers can cool down and take a dip in Middle Dock by either purchasing a NOWCA membership or signing up to the swim sessions.

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Summer Screens: On until 22nd September

Canada Square Park and Union Square

Visitors can catch the latest games, races and championships all summer long. The Family Film Club will be showing movies including Princess & The Frog and Shark Tale until the end of August, while classic movies such as Grease, Dirty Dancing and Bohemian Rhapsody will be shown on the balmy August and September evenings.

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Movie Nights:

09/08/22 – Bohemian Rhapsody (12) 7pm, Union Square

With his impeccable vocal abilities, Freddie Mercury and his rock band, Queen, achieve superstardom. However, amidst his skyrocketing success, he grapples with his ego, sexuality, and a fatal illness.

16/08/22 – School of Rock (PG) 7pm, Union Square

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn his class into a rock band.

23/08/22 – Dirty Dancing (12) 7pm, Canada Square Park          

In the summer of 1963, innocent 17-year-old Baby vacations with her parents at a Catskill’s resort. One evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love.

30/08/22 – Step Up (PG) 7pm, Union Square

Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up-and-coming dancer, Nora.

06/09/22 – Dreamgirls (12) 7pm, Canada Square Park

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

13/09/22 – Back To The Future (PG) 7pm, Canada Square Park

In 1985, Doc Brown invents time travel; in 1955, Marty McFly accidentally prevents his parents from meeting, putting his own existence at stake.

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Urban Refuge – Ian Berry: Extended until September

Jubilee Place

Canary Wharf launched its Swap Station initiative earlier this year. Shoppers could donate old items to a unique clothes donation bank that let them swap their pre-loved items for shopping vouchers.

Some of those clothes were donated to Love Not Landfill while the denim pieces were used to create a brand-new artwork, Urban Refuge, by artist Ian Berry. The striking installation will sit in Jubilee Place Mall until the start of September.

Lunch / Night / Farmers’ Market: Until end of September

Montgomery Square

Discover new foodie treats at Montgomery Square’s markets – try some global street food dishes at the weekly lunch market, peruse the finest fresh produce at the farmer’s market or make an evening of it at the night market, where live music will be played as you choose your dinner.  

  • Farmer’s market: 20th August & 24th September, 11am-3pm
  • Lunch market: every Thursday until 22nd September, 12-3pm
  • Night market: 18th August & 22nd September, 5-10pm

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Sofar Sounds: 10th & 24th August, 8-10pm

Secret locations across Canary Wharf

Sofar Sounds brings together a mix of local and diverse artists to perform at one-of-a-kind locations. Held in secret locations across the wharf, visitors will see two or three short, intimate sets from performers from all musical genres, and sometimes spoken word, comedy or dance.

The Robin who Wondered if he was a Nightingale: 20th June – Saturday 20th August

Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Birdsong brings Crossrail Place Roof Garden to life with this exhibition of ‘The Robin who Wondered if he was a Nightingale’.

Nestled in between the plants, a series of machines will replicate the percussive rhythms of woodpeckers, the tuneful notes of cuckoos, and the whistles of nightingales culminating in an orchestra of bird song.

London SUP Open, part of the APP World Tour 2022: Friday 16th – Sunday 18th September

Catch some iconic paddleboarding down the Thames as Canary Wharf hosts the London SUP Open, part of the APP World Tour 2022. In this jam-packed weekend on the water, anyone can get involved in SUP yoga lessons, youth clinics and introductory paddle sessions will be put on across the weekend, alongside open races for all ages in the docks.

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The Fandangoe Skip x the Loss Project: Thursday 21st July – Saturday 6th August

Jubilee Park

The Fandangoe Skip will return to Jubilee Park this summer. The series of workshops and talks aim to smash the taboo around mental health and grief, in collaboration with The Fandangoe Skip, Skip Gallery and CAUKIN studio.

Photography Workshops (part of CW in Focus): Monday 8th, Wednesday 10th August

Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Part of the Canary Wharf in Focus photography competition, photography workshops will be hosted to gie adults and juniors the opportunity to work on their photography skills. All skill levels can get involved, from beginners to pros.  

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Dancing City: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September

Estate wide

The Greenwich + Docklands International Festival brings you this two day takeover, featuring 11 dance performances across the wharf.

This year’s production includes Sleepwalker presented by The Royal Ballet, and Migrare by Spanish company Cia Maduixa.

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Pergola Lates: Every Friday, Pergola on the Wharf plays host to a late-night entertainment set in Canary Wharf’s rooftop garden. The perfect excuse to stay late on a Friday with no tickets, no entry fee and no fuss, Pergola Lates are about great music and flowing drinks until the early hours. With a fresh line up of live acts and DJs every week, Pergola Lates is the place for a proper party on the wharf.

Alfresco dining: Make the most of the great outdoors and dine continental-style as many of the Wharf’s restaurant terraces spill out onto the pavements, squares and rooftop spaces. Visitors looking to dine alfresco should head to Hawksmoor, The Ivy in the Park, Caravan, The Alchemist, Wahaca, Plateau, Gallio, The Pearson Rooms, Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, Humble Grape, No35 Mackenzie Walk and many more.

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Minigolf: Open daily from 12 – 6pm and free to use, artistic duo Craig & Karl have transformed Montgomery Square with an eye-catchingly bold and vibrant new minigolf course. Bring your friends, colleagues and most importantly, your A-game.

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Ping Pong: Open daily at Montgomery Square and Union Square, Canary Wharf’s colourful ping pong tables have been designed by Art of Ping Pong and are available to play all day every day. Simply bring your own bats and balls and play anytime. Space is limited and operates on a first come, first served basis. 

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Short Story Stations: Bringing literature to unexpected places, a series of vending machines can be found dotted around the wharf, complete with touch free sensors. Simply select the length of the story and the dispenser will print one from classic or new writers on eco-friendly paper. The Short Story Stations can be found in Jubilee Place, Canada Place and Crossrail Place Roof Garden.

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Camile Walala Bridge: Created for the first ever London Mural Festival in September 2020, Camille Walala’s ‘Captivated by Colour’ artwork reimagines the Adam Plaza Bridge with enchanting geometric shapes and every aspect of the colour wheel. When exploring by foot, visitors can enjoy a walk along the bridge complete with an optical patter that shrinks and elongates as it moves across the bridge.

Coming Together: Katrina Adams

Printmaker and visual artist, Katrina Adams has designed colourful sculptural benches inspired by 2D abstract prints based on the architecture of Canary Wharf.

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Children’s Art Trail: For little ones, the Children’s Art Trail features 12 pieces of art chosen to inspire young minds, with maps available showing where to find them. The artworks are a selection of over 100, permanently on display all over the Estate, both outside and indoors.

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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 has purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and sent 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 square feet NIA of commercial properties and over 2,300 new homes for sale and rent.
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