Smart and modern, yet other-worldly and steeped in history, Docklands is a maze of mirrored skyscrapers ripplingly reflected in a series of sleek watery basins. Corporate but never characterless, this new financial district boasts a great selection of smart restaurants and traditional East End pubs. The often-misty Thames provides a panoramic backdrop for these eateries, while the monorail-esque Docklands Light Railway snakes between shimmering towers.
A gem amongst Docklands restaurants, Davy’s at Canary Wharf is right on the Thames, offering stunning views as you dine. Davy’s is great for the fan of traditional British fayre, serving such favourites as bangers and mash, and Old Wallop beer battered fish and chips. The décor is rustic to match and although it’s a smart destination, Davy’s creates an enticing atmosphere with sawdust on the floors, and candlelit dining in the evening.
Amongst the many smart restaurants in Docklands, check out French eatery Plateau. Glitzy and glam, this Manhattan-modelled space with its open kitchen is rated highly in taste as well as style, with the best ingredients sourced from around the UK. Desserts are indulgently French, and an in-house sommelier sources a wine-list with 250 top-notch choices.
Top Docklands Tip: try and get a seat at the front of the train on the DLR for the authentic train-driver experience.