There are pockets of greenery throughout Canary Wharf and the wider Docklands area - places for those who work locally to relax and recharge at lunchtimes and areas for those who live or visit the area to enjoy, socialise and play. Each has more to it than you may at first realise. Amongst them are the state of the art, world famous O2 Arena, Canada Square Park, The Sir John McDougal Gardens, Mudchute Park and Farm, Millwall Park, and Island Gardens.
South Quay Plaza breathes new life into a historic part of the waterway that sits just minutes away by foot from the heart of Canary Wharf. And with beautifully landscaped open areas around the towers, residents, visitors and the local community can congregate here to relax, play and socialise.
The design is all about inviting people in. The building is welcoming from all sides, from the way it sits at a 45-degree angle to surrounding buildings and the waterfront, to the lack of a discernible back or front entrance. Its ground floor shops and restaurants overlook the green spaces and waterfront.
There are some 90 restaurants and bars within a mile or so of Canary Wharf, ranging from waterfront gastropubs, such as The Gun, and sophisticated spots, such as Plateau, for champagne with a view. There are London institutions such as the whisky-lovers' Boisdale and popular new names such as Thomasina Miers' Mexican restaurant Wahaca.
Canary Wharf is the place to come to enjoy a weekend brunch, lunch created by a two-Michelin-starred chef, or sit back and listen to jazz. Every cuisine is catered for. You can be traditionally English in your dining, get a taste of Madrid at Ibérica or the flavours of contemporary Mumbai in the Dockmaster's House.
Canary Wharf is also famed as a first-class shopping destination. Among the most recent openings in Jubilee Place are Banana Republic, Tiger of Sweden and The White Company. They join such luxury names as Tiffany & Co, Monica Vinader, Michael Kors, Boss and Jo Malone, along with the best high-street boutiques and cafés and a John Lewis department store.
The new Crossrail station, set to open in 2018, and the extension of Jubilee Place will also bring 160,000 sq ft of new retail space set on four floors, including shops, restaurants, an Everyman cinema and other leisure facilities. It is one of the biggest retail expansion programmes in the UK and will put Canary Wharf firmly on the map as a shopping destination.
Canary Wharf Shopping Centre offers a relaxed and sophisticated environment for shopping, eating and browsing. The centre's three arcades - Canada, Cabot and Jubilee Place - encircle Jubilee Park and the Tube station, and house more than 200 shops, bars, restaurants and cafés that are open seven days a week.
Many families are attracted to move to London from overseas because of the excellence of London’s universities, colleges and schools. No other city attracts such a wide variety of the world’s brightest and most talented young people.
With six universities in the top 100 (and four in the top 40), London is seen to be the world’s top city for higher education. Imperial College and the London School of Economics and Political Science rank among the very best universities in the world, and there are hundreds of first-class private and state schools that see fierce competition for places.
Canary Wharf is possibly London's best-served district for transport. Its under-ground station (Jubilee Line) is only a 600-metre walk from South Quay Plaza.
Opening in 2018, a new station for Crossrail, London's newest high-speed rail link, will connect Canary Wharf to Heathrow in under 40 minutes.
A short walk from South Quay Plaza is Canary Wharf Pier, which offers four peak services an hour into Westminster, with a journey time of 26 minutes.
South Quay Plaza is located on the north side of South Quay Station (Docklands Light Railway), immediately south of the Canary Wharf estate.
Walking distance from South Quay Plaza:
-Buses 1 min (D8, one of six bus routes)
-DLR (South Quay) 1 min
-Underground (Canary Wharf) 12 mins
-River Bus 17 mins
Journey times by London Underground from Canary Wharf:
-Bank (The City) 10 mins
-Westminster 13 mins
-Kings Cross / St Pancras 25 mins
-Bond Street 26 mins
-Heathrow Airport 60 mins (from 2018 - Crossrail.....40 mins)