London’s wharf has played an integral part in the development of the city. For many years, Canary Wharf was one of the busiest harbours in the world, but that is no longer the case. The blue jumpsuits have since been replaced by tailored suits and Italian shoes—but here at Sticks’n’Sushi, we have done our best to pay homage to the life that once existed right outside our doors.
Raw industry and floating dream ships
The harbour is home to the three tallest buildings in Britain: One Canada Square, HSBC Tower, and Citigroup Centre. The history of the city is hidden in the shade of these colossal monuments, where people once loaded and unloaded huge quantities of goods, including fruit imported from the Canary Islands. Hence Canary Wharf.
The level of activity at the harbour decreased steadily from 1960 onwards and the last exotic fruits were exchanged in 1980. Nowadays the area is known as one of the world’s leading financial centres, having been revitalised by the London Docklands Development Corporation, which was founded by the Thatcher administration.
Sticks’n’Sushi opened the doors to the Canary Wharf restaurant in 2015 and our menu is served in an installation-like atmosphere. The talented artist, Mie Olise Kjærgaard, has created a series of huge paintings that almost melt into the white walls. Her fairy tale houses and ships are a pleasant contrast with the rawness of the industrial setting. You might find yourself wondering whether the houses are inhabited—or whether they belong to a parallel universe of some sort.
The long pipes from the building’s docking days still run along the ceiling. The curtains that separate our diners are light and airy—and right outside the windows is the harbour, glugging to itself.
The menu is our staple menu, filled with vegetables, meat, and fish. There is something for everyone, regardless of whether they prefer raw or grilled. There is even a balanced mix of sushi, grilled delicacies, and colourful salads. The vegetables are fresh —and our presentations are innovative and appeal to the senses. As always, we offer desserts, Japanese beers, and sake (and if you prefer your raw fish with carbonated beverages, that can easily be arranged, too).
Situated in the stunning Crossrail development, our restaurant can be accessed directly via the Canada Square Mall and exit at Adams Plaza. Upon exit, you will find the restaurant straight ahead after the water feature – Or you can access Adams Plaza via the steps opposite 1 Canada Square waterside on North Colonnade