Fluid London's Christian Rose-Day discovers that London's Docklands can be a peaceful, serene place to dine, on the weekend.
Admit it, when considering the options of where to go for brunch in London on a weekend, you mostly likely choose that place that's just at the end of your street. Occasionally you might venture a little further, but nothing more than one stop on the bus/tube/bike/train. Adding the third choice of Canary Wharf into the mix would probably result in chuckles of derision. But mark my words hungry weekenders, the brunch at One Canada Square is definitely worth the trouble of negotiating public transport. It may require one or three less glasses of wine the night before after work, but just at that baled New York style cheesecake and blackberries!
Did I mention the brunch is three courses!
So, you arrive at the monolithic pillar of finance, slightly weary (recommendation: eat a piece of fruit before you leave just to get you through the journey), and stare up at the whispering clouds as they sail past this mirrored obelisk.
Before running off to seek your breakfast, look around and enjoy the scenery: the lapping water, the canoodling couples; the peace and quiet in an area that, during the week, is probably teeming with ant-like life.
One Canada Square is on the ground floor of the main Canary Wharf building itself, tucked away in the far corner next to the lifts. It may not sounds glamourous but once you arrive you'll see that it's nothing but.
Key info section, so pay attention: the One Canada Square weekend brunch offer keeps going until 5pm on Saturdays. If you're ravenous, go for the 3 courses for £25, and if you're not, 2 course for £20 should suffice. The best bit? For an extra £15 per person you can get unlimited Bloody Mary's, raspberry Bellinis or house wine. We asked how far we could test this offer. Apparently, if you're eating, your glass can always be full. I'll leave it up to you to decide how much you can consume.
For the brunch main it was Dorset crab linguine and chilli oil (above); and cep ravioli with parmesan (below).
More Bellinis, properly stirred.
If you arrive near to 1pm you'll have the added bonus of a live pianist to entertain you on a white, mini grand piano.
I'd suggest stopping off for one last cocktail in the bar area before you leave.
And make sure you explore on your way to the toilets. A lovely Art Deco hideaway can been found next to an upstairs bar area which, by the looks of it, is a great place to host a private function.
A beautiful way to spend a Saturday (late morning to early afternoon).