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Slap-bang in the middle of Canary Wharf, the new venue from gastropub wonder boys Tom and Ed Martin shows they can do high-rise haute as confidently as old-world polish. One Canada Square occupies
the lobby of the Wharf’s most recognisable building, but the David Collins-designed, low-lit bar, restaurant and mezzanine lounge banishes any corporate echoes with its art-deco vibe. Visitors are
handed iPads for browsing the cocktail list, alongside a menu that pampers and provokes interest. A delicate and decadent venison carpaccio with crisp artichokes, rosemary and truffle might precede
hug-in-a-bowl fish pie, while playful desserts might bring sticky date and honey pudding with cornflake sorbet on the side. Service is well drilled, the wine list roams the globe, and there are
sliders and posh dogs to be had at the bar.
One Canada Square is the original Canary Wharf tower, and still the tallest of the bunch there, with the winking light on top of the building visible for miles around. I have fond memories of working in the building, and always found the vast, marble-clad lobby to be impressive, rather than soulless, as some seem to find it. The fact that one can imagine the climactic “lobby scene” from the Matrix unfolding there merely enhances its impressiveness. Like it or not, it is vast anyway, and ETM Group (owners of leading London gastropubs such as the Gun) have managed to squeeze in a sizeable restaurant and bar into one corner. This is a somewhat TARDIS-like interior, over 3 floors, seemingly much larger on the inside than on the outside...
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Hey! So what's the deal with brunch? I mean that if it's a combination of breakfast and lunch, how comes there's no lupper or no linnerJeannie (Seinfeld episode âThe Invitationsâ)The other day I got an invitation to try the brunch menu of One Canada Square. A lovely event ran by the ETM group where a nice group of food bloggers had the chance to tweet up their experience. The place is a refined, spacious, and traditional European restaurant and cocktail bar. The David Collins Studio designed the place, and the kitchen is in charge of chef Jamie Dobbin. Soft Shelf CrabWe got a nice selection of dishes and also cocktails, the highlight was definitely the soft shelf crab Benedict jalapeÃ±o, and on the cocktails side the Canary Mary, a great twist to the Bloody classic. Nice food, lovely space, and great cocktails.One Canada SquareT: 020 7242 9122European CuisineApprox Damage: Â£40ppArea: Canary WharfBorough: Tower HamletsTwitter: OneCanadaSquareView Larger Map
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The iconic One Canada Square building in Canary Wharf will be receiving a new, modern European restaurant and cocktail bar, located in the stylish lobby, as of September 2013. The forthcoming venue will also be named One Canada Square, as a nod to the famous 800ft, 50-storey building which it will be based in.This new addition to the former tallest building in Europe will contain a 30-cover bar and 100-cover restaurant with a mezzanine floor. It is the vision of Tom and Ed Martin of the award-winning ETM Group, who also opened The Botanist restaurant and bar on Sloane Square, and have several other venues around London...
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Reserve the Mezzanine and enjoy a lofty location at the foot of the iconic One Canada Square tower. With your own private cocktail bar and views over the elegant lobby, the Mezzanine offers the ideal setting for lunch, dinner or drinks parties, seated or standing. The Mezzanine can host up to 32 seated guests or up to 80 standing. No hire charges apply, simply a minimum spend on food and drinks.
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