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
Stayed overnight for my husband’s 40th birthday as a special treat. We weren’t disappointed. Gorgeous room overlooking the river and pool. Lovely and big with a huge bath and walk in shower. Paid for onsite parking which meant we didn’t have to worry about charges somewhere else. Ate a late lunch at the Italian cafe in the corner, really good. Swam in the pool, a short walk around the hotel. Nice pool with views as well as steam, sauna and spa pools. Slept brilliantly and awoke to fabulous views. We went to Roka for lunch to end our weekend. Perfect.
I used to stay at the old Four Seasons but opted for the Marriot because of the rewards. So every time I come to London I stay there.
However, after seeing the level of customer service deteriorate. I decided to give the Canary Riverside Plaza another try and I was pleasantly surprised. Although I didn't book direct (I wish I had now) I was offered free disabled parking at the front. The most pleasant surprise was seeing the same staff after two years of absence. The location is superb and customer service is exceptional!
I will definitely be staying there from now on.
Staff were friendly , the bed was comfortable and the full English breakfast with a pot of coffee was delicious. The use of the spa facilities in the gym next door set us up nicely for the day. Didn't hear the other guest when we were in our room and the lift was quick . Westferry station and Canary Wharf are easily walkable - just what we needed for our short break.