Exiled to Canary Wharf
I've just started a 9-month placement in Canary Wharf and am GAGGING for a decent cup of coffee to replace my beloved Lantana. Any suggestions? Also somewhere for decent sandwiches, salads or other lunch things that aren't super-expensive and twhere I won't get thrown out for my scruffy jeans and muddy boots - I work on a building site you see... Haven't found much beyond Starbucks and Pret. Pretty excited about the Waitrose refurbishment though!
Can't recommend much in the way of a secretly amazing coffee, although one of my personal favourites is opening soon - Taylor Street Baristas - that will definitely be worth the visit. Perhaps try Carluccio's until that opens?
For salads I'd got to Chop'd, for sandwiches I like Birley, for soup I like Eat and for a disgustingly large bucket of chicken katsu curry I go to Wasabi. On the other side of the mall I like Itsu for noodle soup and M & S for a big selection or cheaper sandwich options (I mean cheaper than Birley!).
Here's a link to the list of food places around the area so you see them on a map:
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I shall be studying the map carefully as I get lost every time I venture inside! Will definitetly give Birley a go as there's always a queue. I got a sandwich from Kruger as I was panicking about where the hell I was, and it was the first place I saw! The bread was stale and the smoked salmon was super-salty. Not nice. Good to know all the old favorites are nearby :)
There's a definite lack of places for a good coffee at the moment, although good news that a new one's opening. Waitrose should be great once it's finished -- the hot food counters it used to have were good value and I think they're expanding on what they used to offer.
I've been a bit wary of Chop'd ever since I saw their staff buying up huge quantities of bagged lettuce from Waitrose. I can open a bag of lettuce myself if that's all they're doing.
Would second Birley's for sandwiches (albeit not particularly cheap). Their little baguette stall in the mall does a good hot chorizo option.
Otherwise, I like Byron and Boisdale for burgers (not much of a price differential). M&S for their regular sandwiches and their hot food counter (quite a good toastie). Wahaca has also recently opened up a burrito truck in Canada Square.
Watch out for the last Tuesday in the month, too, when there's a lunch market on in Canada Square Park.
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Enjoy "the Wharf". Cafe Brera (opposite Massimo Dutti - near Zara, or in the new mall on the floor above M&S) does a pretty good cup of coffee, as does Leon. Cafe Brera does nice pizza and Leon is good for hearty and healthy lunches, but both a little $$$ for lunch every day! Paul does fabulous baguettes and other baked goods (again, not cheap). Eat is a reasonable option for soup and some of their salads are pretty good also.
Definitely a few clean clothes options - you are also very close to "The Gun", a fabulous pub on the Isle of Dogs! Make sure you try that if you fancy a really nice lunch at some point this summer!!! Also, you are near Royal China, which does excellent dim sum, but you have to reserve on weekdays!!
Enjoy CW - a couple of nice things among the chainstore blandness.