- Huge mix of free activities at Canary Wharf include movie nights, theatre, minigolf, ping pong and open water swimming
- Soak up the sun on the water via GoBoat or at one of Canary Wharf’s six parks
- Festival14 returns with a packed programme of music, theatre, dance, and comedy
- Greenhouse Theatre returns with the UK’s first zero-waste performance space
- Enjoy food and drinks from hotspots Dishoom, Pergola, Hawksmoor and Mercato
Summer is on its way at Canary Wharf, and London’s culture capital is brimming with things to do, places to explore and restaurants to grab a bite to eat. With a large number of free activities including ping pong, minigolf, movie nights, art trails, film screenings and a festival, there is something for everyone.
Visitors are invited to soak up the sun by wandering 5km of tranquil waterside boardwalks or cruising through the docks via a self-driven GoBoat. Perfect for groups of up to eight, GoBoat is an ideal activity for all ages. Fancy a dip? Open water swimming will return to Canary Wharf at the end of this month, with a 600-metre course around Middle Dock suitable for swimmers of all levels and ideal for cooling down in the summer sun.
A one-stop-shop for watching the matches, games and films of the summer, Canary Wharf’s landscaped parks and plazas will host Summer Screens from June. The packed programme of screenings will keep everyone entertained, showing sports including Wimbledon and family favourites like Toy Story and Matilda the Musical.
Up for some healthy competition? Visit Montgomery Square for a colourful game of minigolf. The free-to-play 9-hole course is open daily and welcomes families, friends, and colleagues for a quick putt-stop. If ping pong is more your thing, several colourful Ping Pong tables can also be found in Montgomery and Union Square. To cure a need for speed, Capital Karts at Canary Wharf hosts the UK’s fastest indoor go karting track, perfect for a team night out or race between friends.
For art enthusiasts, Canary Wharf is home to the UK’s largest free to visit public art collection, featuring over 100 art pieces across the Estate from renowned artists including Camille Walala, Lothar Gotz and Helaine Blumenfeld. Visitors can also enjoy free reading material from the Short Story Stations in Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Jubilee Place and Canada Place or can follow the Childrens’ Art Trail to inspire little minds.
Returning for its second year, Canary Wharf will host its jam packed, five-day Festival14 from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 July. The free-to-attend festival will see international acts take to the stage with music, theatre, comedy, dance and more at venues across the Estate.
For music fans who can’t wait until July, Pergola Lates return every Friday night to offer drinks and dancing soundtracked by live DJs to get you ready for the weekend. At the Boathouse, Thursday nights are soundtracked by live jazz music inspired by intimate speakeasies, the perfect spot for a couple of cocktails. Those taking a lunch break outside can enjoy Summer Sounds every Wednesday from 7 June where from 12noon to 2.30pm emerging artists will perform at Jubilee Park. Sofar Sounds also return to the Wharf with a series of pop-up performances at secret venues with acts revealed on the night.
Theatre fanatics can look forward to the return of Greenhouse Theatre this June. As the UK’s first zero-waste performance space and zero-waste bar, the space will host a packed programme of performances and workshops centered around the impact we can all have on climate change.
Those looking to refuel and relax during a day at the office have plenty of choice. Canary Wharf is a foodie paradise with over 70 bars, restaurants and cafes plus a Thursday Lunch Market from 12pm with an array of traders serving up fresh flavours. For after-work and weekends Canary Wharf is home to some of London’s best-loved hotspots such as Bombay-inspired Dishoom, newly opened chop house Blacklock and adult fun fair Fairgame’s terrace with a variety of street food traders including Rudy’s Pizza and Dos Mos Tacos. Those walking the boardwalk are encouraged to stop at market spot Mercarto’s Mmy Wood Wharf to enjoy a tasty treat from one of 10 food spots, whilst popular plant-based spot Mallow will open its second London restaurant at Wood Wharf in June.
Those who work at, live at and visit the Wharf are encouraged to download the Canary Wharf app to benefit from offers on food, drinks and shopping as well as book event tickets, download a map and find out more about what’s going on.
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Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 July: Festival14
Throughout Canary Wharf
London’s newest free-to-attend festival returns with a packed programme of music, theatre, dance and comedy. With a line-up of internationally renowned artists still to be announced, the family friendly festival is the perfect summer day out.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/festival14/
Monday 19 June – Friday 14 July, various dates & times: Greenhouse Theatre
The world’s first zero-waste performance space returns to host a series of workshops and performances which will inspire its audience and participants to realise the impact they can have on the course of climate change.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/the-greenhouse-theatre/
Wednesday 7 June, 5 July, 8 August, 6 September at 8 – 10pm: Sofar Sounds
Secret Venue TBC
Presenting an intriguing and varied line-up of up-and-coming musicians, Sofar Sounds will take place in a secret spot in Canary Wharf. Each event is thoughtfully planned to feature a range of sets by musicians in different genres, occasionally combined with spoken word, comedy or dance. Available once a month over the summer, there will be limited spaces so early bookings are encouraged.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/sofar-sounds/
Thursday 1 June to Thursday 24 August: Summer Screens
Canada Square Park and Cabot Square
Passers-by are invited to enjoy the return of Summer Screens, relaxing with a picnic at lunch or a cocktail in the balmy evenings as they settle down to watch a variety of sport showings and movies including favourites like Bend it like Beckham, Top Gun: Maverick and Toy Story will be shown, as well as Wimbledon, the Ashes and the Tour de France.
Find the movie listings and more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/summer-screens/
Open water swimming – open end of May
Returning to Middle Dock this summer, residents, visitors and workers can take a dip in Canary Wharf’s waters. Suitable for swimmers of all abilities over the age of 10.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/
Open every day from 12 to 6pm, Montgomery Square has once again been transformed with a multi-coloured, free to play minigolf course designed by creative duo Craig and Karl.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/minigolf/
Depart from 22 Churchill Pl, London E14 5RE
Open daily, visitors can cruise through Canary Wharf’s waters in a self-driving boat with a group up to eight people. It’s recommended to take in views of the Wharf over a few hours, with a picnic on board.
No boating experience is necessary and prebooking is recommended.
Find out more at https://goboat.co.uk/canary-wharf
Level – 4, Cabot Place
Those with a need for speed can race at Capital Karts Canary Wharf. The UK’s largest indoor go-kart track welcomes drivers of all abilities to test out their skills on the track with a course of challenging corners and reach exhilarating speeds.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/capital-karts/
Pergola on the Wharf, Crossrail Place
Friday nights at the Wharf are for late nights out at Pergola. Enjoy drinks, dancing and DJs at Canary Wharf’s party hotspot. With a brand-new line-up of live performances every week and no entry fees, revellers can party until the early hours accompanied by summer sounds of disco, funk and house.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/pergola-lates/
The Lunch Market
Grab a bite from 12 – 2:30pm every Thursday at the Canary Wharf Lunch Market. In collaboration with Karnival, the market will bring a fresh choice of traders to the Wharf serving up a wide choice of flavoursome food, with both returning favourites and brand-new summer specials.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/the-lunch-market/
Montgomery Square and Union Square
Table tennis is open every day at Montgomery Square and Union Square. Bring your best bats and balls to face your opponents across a bold table specially designed by Art of Ping Pong. Play is on a first come, first served basis.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/ping-pong/
Short Story Stations
Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Jubilee Place and Canada Place
Find these quirky, touch-free vending machines at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Jubilee Place and Canada Place. Simply choose a reading a time (1 – 5 minutes) and a surprise story will print out for you (on environmentally friendly paper). From romance to science fiction, classic and new, they’re perfect to read on the go.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/short-story-stations/
Children’s Art Trail
Throughout Canary Wharf
Bring your little ones to discover and explore 12 pieces of art scattered across the Wharf, handpicked from the 100+ artworks on display across the Estate to inspire their little minds. This year, the popular trail has had a revamp – follow the new map to spot them all.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/childrens-art-trail/
Public Art Trail
Throughout Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf is home to the UK’s largest collection of free to view public art. With over 100 pieces to enjoy, Canary Wharf has partnered with free arts and culture app Bloomberg Connects to provide a digital guide as part of Canary Wharf’s accessibility to arts programme.
Find out more at https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/art-on-the-estate/
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For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166