Canary Wharf is one of London’s financial and business centres and some of the major financial institutions headquartered there, including Thomson Reuters, HSBC and J.P. Morgan. Nowadays many public events take place in Canary Wharf to also appeal to leisure visitors and make the area more buzzing on the weekends. Such events include the London Ice Sculpting Festival, motorexpo, food markets etc. In addition Canary Wharf is very ‘strategic’ area for business travelers because of the proximity of the City Airport and the exhibition center Excel.
Few weeks ago I was on a site visit at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf. The venue belongs to Canary Wharf Group plc and hosts public and private events. Needless to say, all the corporations book the venue for meetings, conferences, seminars and other corporate events. But not only. The venue is also popular for private hire of weddings, birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs and other celebrations. On the day I visited the venue it undergone maintenance work so I kindly asked to send me photos from past events to get an impression of the different set-ups.
The venue has two areas, the main area on the ground floor which can accommodate up to 500 attendees for banqueting and 800 – 1000 for receptions. And The Gallery on the upper floor which can accommodate up to 120 guests seated and 250 for a reception. Of course both areas can be hired together such as hosting a drinks reception in The Gallery and the dinner downstairs.
The highlight of the venue is the arched glass atrium which gives the venue an elegant and modern touch well aligned with the architecture dominating Canary Wharf. Thanks to the glass atrium the venue can also highly benefit from the daylight.
Note: a big thank you to East Wintergarden team who showed me around the venue. All opinions expressed above are mine.