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DOCKLANDS HISTORY MEETS MODERN DINING AT THE TEA MERCHANT

Canary Wharf was once one of the busiest docks in the world and a key destination for sugar, grain, tea and other produce from across the globe. Today it’s as important as ever for London, though for very different reasons…

Visit Canary Wharf today and you’ll find yourself in a bustling financial district, but in the heart of all this modern-day activity, an island of calm sits neatly and unperturbed. A local bar, The Tea Merchant, about five minutes from Canary Wharf DLR station and the Jubilee Line, is a great family-friendly pub and restaurant for those who feel overwhelmed by the madness.

After a major refurbishment, The Tea Merchant opened a few months ago, quickly establishing itself as a place to enjoy great fresh food, cask ales, wines, eclectic beers and spirits, and simply unwind. Its seasonal menu is a tremendous attraction for foodies all over the city, and its ever-changing nature ensures no two visits are the same.

When modern life can be such a stress, it’s important to find a place that lets you leave your problems at the door. The Tea Merchant promises to let you do that with its relaxed dining style reflected in the interior design. Stylish yet comfortable, leather banquette seating and wood flooring give it a rustic vibe that throws back to the busy merchant taverns of yesteryear. The exterior has 90 covers with heated parasols all overlooking the North Quay. A great spot to relax and dine in a beautiful waterfront location.

The Tea Merchant is a great spot to relax and dine in a beautiful waterfront location

The bar is well stocked with an extensive wine list and with regular wine tasting evenings and wine pairings, visitors have plenty of opportunities to find out what’s best for them. The Tea Merchant has two state-of-the-art enomatic wine dispensers keeping premium wines at the correct temperature and condition.

There are 40 gins sold behind the bar and some are infused on site so that you can customise you own gin – gin-infusion nights are as popular as the wine tastings.

The Tea Merchant makes the most of Canary Wharf's tranquil dockside terraces

The Tea Merchant makes the most of Canary Wharf’s tranquil dockside terraces

But it wouldn’t be a London bar without delicious food. As well as plenty of classics, Sunday sharing roasts feed up to three people with chicken, lamb, pork and beef. It’s just the kind of hearty meal to lift the spirits on a rainy day, especially when paired with the pub’s seasonal wine menu.

Its proximity to the financial and business district makes The Tea Merchant an ideal place for events. The Snug, a 30-person drinking space, can be booked for exclusive gatherings, and The Cabin is perfect for private dining parties looking for board lunches, breakfast meetings or exclusive dining options.

With a dedication to premium service that ensures food and drink is served with a smile, The Tea Merchant is quickly establishing itself as one of the foremost foodie destinations in London. The bar may draw influence from the area’s rich heritage, but it is quickly creating a unique identity of its own – one that will be looked upon fondly by tourists and locals alike for years to come.

The Tea Merchant, 25-27 Fisherman’s Walk, Building FC2, Canary Wharf E14 4DH; 020 7519 0070; teamerchantcanarywharf.co.uk 

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