Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel
What We Love
- Many rooms and suites have window seats with stunning river views.
- Interiors by Philippe Starck
- Free access to the adjacent Virgin Active Health Club, including its floodlit tennis court and heated pool overlooking the Thames
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What To Know
- The spa is smaller than at many properties in the Four Seasons portfolio
- The hotel is in an emerging business district but far from most of London’s tourist attractions
- Although basic WiFi is free, expect to pay extra for premium service
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designed by Philippe Starck, this modern hotel is geared toward business travelers drawn to the new business hub of Canary Wharf. The ten-story tower houses 142 of the largest rooms and suites in London, many with bang-up river views, with oversize windows and black-walnut furnishings. A small spa offers Organic Pharmacy treatments, and a small fitness room gets the job done, though guests have privileges at the health club next door. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine in a relaxed, informal dining room and al fresco on the terrace overlooking the Thames—making the most of the views that are one of the hotel’s strongest selling points.
In the Area
The hotel was built on West India Quay, formerly the center of England’s spice trade. Now the neighborhood is London’s buzzing new financial district, but there’s more than office towers here: local destinations include the Billingsgate Fish Market, the largest inland fish market in the UK, and Plateau restaurant, which offers monthly wine tastings. Slightly further afield in East London is Bistrotheque, a long-running restaurant that helped shift London’s center of cool to the east.
How to Get There
My wife and I were in London for the Yankees / Red Sox London series and couldn't have been happier with our accommodations at the Canary Plaza. Canary Wharf was a great location to explore and enjoy the Thames waterfront with easy access to a fast ferry to take us anywhere we wanted to go. The room was so comfortable - most of all the staff were so pleasant and helpful - thank you!
I highly recommend staying at the Canary Riverside Plaza to stay away from the crowds and congestion of the touristy areas and enjoy London!
We stayed for one night, booked through Secret Escapes, and were really impressed. We received a warm welcome and our room was ready early. The view over the River Thames from our room was stunning. The room was large, clean and very comfortable. The bed and pillows were wonderful resulting in us having a fantastic night's sleep.
The position of the hotel is great for getting around by either tube or water bus.
The only thing we could fault was the choice of cereal, fruit and pastries on the continental breakfast which were very limited.
Overall a great stay.
I stayed for 1 night in June. The rooms are showing their age and my jaw dropped the floor when I realised the hotel rooms do not even have temperature control. Yes, this is a supposedly 5-star, ex-Four Seasons property (MASSIVE emphasis on the "Ex" Four Seasons) and yet it does not even have temperature controlled AC. All you have is a fan which is "low" "medium" or "high" and "hot" or "cold". The "cold" is not properly chilled and the "high" is less powerful than a small desk fan. I am FUMING as it is 30 degrees and the room is like an oven. AVOID THIS HOTEL AT ALL COSTS DURING SUMMER MONTHS! I'd have had better temperature control in a Travel Inn.
Great location to enjoy everything Canary Wharf has to offer.
Service and food at the hotel were good.
Valet parking was swift
Despite intending to we never used the gym or pool.
We had executive double room overlooking the river. Very comfortable spacious room.
However, be sure to request tea x coffee in your room when booking otherwise you have to pay room service,,,, very odd for a 5* hotel and it is nowhere in the literature when booking, this really let’s the hotel down .
Must admit didn't spend much time in the hotel as a busy trip so I didn't use the leisure facilities or dine there. However the staff were great, friendly and gave us a complimentary fizz. The room was very comfortable and a good size and quality. Location fantastic for us for O2 Arena and loads of places to eat and drink nearby. Would definitely stay again next time hopefully for longer.