Imagine a selection of seafood served in a bank deposit box, a blend of skinny cocktails that are less than 100 calories a pop. A place where guests can swing in hanging chairs whilst sipping on wine or enjoy the bright lights of the big smoke gathered around a firepit with a hot toddy. Sounds too good to be true? We don’t think so, welcome to the parlour. Canary Wharf, renowned for its tall shimmering buildings, monochrome palette and the pinstriped and polished that walk its thoroughfares, now has a colourful resident joining its Park Pavilion development. Sailing in on the wave of Drake & Morgan’s success of the refinery in Southwark last year, the parlour bar and kitchen is a glamorous new destination venue with style, substance and a seasonally tempting menu.
Stepping through the doors of the parlour, guests are immediately greeted with a unique handmade chandelier of spoons, spatulas, ladles and lights in a playful take on a design classic. To the left, a secret garden-inspired lounge with wicker hanging chairs, timber paneling and soft banquette seating is a must for cocktail lovers and perfect for pre or post dinner drinks.
Huge ceilings look down on high wooden tables and circular booths enabling singles, couples and groups to gather and enjoy morning coffees, brunch meetings, light lunches or romantic dinners. An intimate wine room is an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle. Surrounded by row upon row of vintage bottles this private cellar is a cosy space for dinners, wine tastings and small parties. The open plan kitchen reveals the parlour’s chefs in action and is complemented by a fresh seafood counter laden with lobster, king prawns, clams and mussels as well as the catch of the day. Towards the alfresco terrace, the dining area becomes more like a conservatory featuring low-slung rocking chairs and white iron furniture with fabulous views across Canada Square Park. Sheltered by giant umbrellas and warmed all year by impressive firepits, guests can snuggle up in a parlour blanket with a warming punch come winter and iced cocktails in summer. Offering the perfect antidote to the City from 8am to midnight, the parlour provides a versatile space for any occasion, from morning breakfast and brunch, light lunches through to dinner and all day bites with a touch of individuality. We’ve all visited the same old faces in the City, now try something a little bit different, the parlour won’t disappoint.