The London Project

A destination restaurant, gin distillery and event spaces are on the menu at Canary Wharf's The London Project. Peter Gray reports.

Canary Wharf is set to host London’s hottest restaurant and events space this summer courtesy of a pair of floating pavilions on Wood Wharf. On completion, the London Project will boast a restaurant, gin distillery and multi purpose arts space. 

With a menu features ‘Thamesian tapas and dishes derived from a cosmopolitan cookbook of secret family recipes’ the venue’s restaurant will naturally attract the lionshare of attention. Signature dishes will include tomato burrata, pulled beef tacos and an innovative take on the traditional fish and chips dinner.

The coffee offering at the venue will be just as serious with a focus on ethical supply chains and suppliers. And, if you are looking for something stronger, the London Project will be happy to oblige, with a range of signature cocktails including The Florence Nightingale, The Queen Bee and the Ms Helen (in honour of Dame Helen Mirren).

The venue is the work of Glenn Howells Architects, whose remit was to create a sustainable model of community living. For the London Project, the team have fashioned two glass and steel pavilions, with a series of bridges, boardwalks and pontoons to connect them.

Eco friendly materials like sustainably sourced timber and aluminium emphasis the venue’s green credentials while a wildflower and grass adorned roof will  encourage carbon capture from visiting insects and bees. Power for the structure, meanwhile, will be provided by the centre’s eco friendly Combined Heat and Power network. These features should mean that the venue is able to achieve its aim of being among the top ten percent of UK buildings in terms of sustainability performance the UK.

The venue adds to a similar initiative in Dubai which is also called the London Project and also features a mix of dining and lifestyle facilities. The Dubai venue, which  is located on Bluewaters Island, aims to offer Dubainites a taste of London with menus featuring “flavors from the boroughs of London where dishes are designed to be shared.”

The London Project’s Stephen Valentino had this to say about the venue: “We are proud for this to be our flagship venue in Europe. The dynamic and creative nature of these floating pavilions provide the perfect setting for us to bring The London Project to the city that inspired the concept. More than just a bar and restaurant, our pavilion will feature a one-of-a-kind distillery, a media arm called London Project Live, a range of dining experiences and the most progressive bar in the region.”

Information about the London Project can be found here.

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-London's Best Events-
What: lifestyle centre
When: open now
Where: Canary Wharf
Website: London Project