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Canary Wharf is the modern heart of London, the brash financial centre with skyscrapers set slightly apart from the rest of the capital. The transformation of the docklands into a vibrant commercial and business district makes Canary Wharf popular with visitors whether they are working or looking to relax. With Kent, Essex and Suffolk within easy reach, hiring a carin Canary Wharf makes sense for visitors who want to explore.
Heathrow Airport is where most international travellers arrive in the UK, but Gatwick, Stansted and London City Airport are also convenient – London City Airport is just four miles away and takes 12 minutes to reach. Every airport has several car hire counters available at hours convenient for travellers, but check your airport for weekend opening hours.
Canary Wharf’s pedestrianised zones mean there are no car hire options in the area but there are several car hire options in east London and near London City Airport. Car rental offices are usually open from around 8am to 6pm, except on weekends.
The car rental companies which operate in areas covering Canary Wharf include Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Keddy and Budget, with London City Airport the best place to find the right vehicle for you. Operating hours are usually 7am to 9pm except Saturdays when counters shut at 3.30pm.
The Olympic Park at Stratford is still a major destination following the 2012 Olympic Games and there’s plenty to do in the area. The Westfield shopping centre at Stratford draws people from across the capital and there’s plenty of parking. It’s about 20 minutes’ drive up the A118 – a five-mile journey.
Head towards central London for a taste of Soho. This combination of theatres, clubs, restaurants and shops is busy all the time and you’ll have no shortage of things to do. It takes about 40 minutes to make the six-mile drive, but beware of the congestion charge zone and high parking charges.
At weekends, young Londoners like to flock to Camden Town to take advantage of the extraordinary variety of shops and stalls selling street fashion, music, antiques and pretty much anything you can imagine. The 10-mile journey from Canary Wharf will take about 45 minutes.
London driving can be a challenge due to heavy traffic and frequent roadworks, but most routes are clearly signed. Canary Wharf is an eastern satellite of central London but the A13 is usually the quickest way east and west. The standard speed limit is 30mph although some residential streets may have 20mph limits. Speed cameras are present in many accident hotspots and look out for bus lanes – they are in operation at different times of day in some places so don’t get caught out.
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