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By Katie Wilson

Canary Wharf isn’t the first place you think to go out in London as it’s been a business district for years, but with new restaurants, bars and shops seeming to open every week, it’s rebranding itself as a destination in its own right.

Easy to get to on the Jubilee, Overground and new Elizabeth Line – and with skyscrapers aplenty – rooftop restaurants are becoming a thing here, and with skyline views across London you can’t get anywhere else, it’s easy to see why.

Bokan is one such rooftop restaurant worth heading east for. Spanning three levels, there is a restaurant, bar and roof terrace, meaning you can pop in for a quick drink or feast on a seven-course tasting menu should you want to.

Bokan roof terrace
The dreamy roof terrace. Credit: Bokan

You’ll find it atop the four-star Novotel hotel on Marsh Wall, a few minutes’ walk from the Tube station. Helpfully, the restaurant’s website tells you what time sunset is each night should you want to plan your visit around that.

Step out the lift and breathtaking views greet you in the expansive bar area that has a mix of stool seats and comfy sofas dotted all around for almost 360-degree views. Downstairs is the restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows to again maximise its skyline setting. Upstairs is the terrace, worth a peek even on a drizzly day.

Bokan restaurant
A restaurant with a view. Credit: Bokan

Kick off with a £14 cocktail in the bar, very reasonably priced for London. The Sweet Snow, with Pierre Ferrand Amber Cognac, Mozart White Chocolate, Orange Brandy and Coconut Cream is one of their delicious signature cocktails. If you like sweet cocktails, order a Clementina.

It’s quite a sight to be in Bokan in daylight as it turns to dusk and then night, and who doesn’t like a lit-up London as a backdrop to their meal. Downstairs in the restaurant, most tables are near the windows and menus are excellent value for money, with the best option being three-courses for £59. There is also a separate vegan menu.

We’d recommend ordering the Pristine Crabmeat with Elderflower Panna Cotta and Gin Jelly to start with. For mains the Dry-Aged Beef Fillet Steak with Beetroot was to die for and we loved you got to choose your own steak knife from a special box the waiter brought over.

Bokan brunch menu
The new Saturday brunch menu. Credit: Bokan/A Dash & A Splash

Other menu highlights include the Blue Lobster with Spiky Artichokes and Sea Bass with Spring Greens and Kombucha. Even the bread here is delicious and they definitely don’t scrimp on portions. For pudding, order the Bokan Chocolate Sensation, which is a spectacle in itself.

Bokan is usually open 6pm to 11pm Tuesday to Saturday, but has just launched a Sky-High Brunch on Saturdays. For £45 you get three courses and bottomless bubbles or wine for an extra £19, plus there is a live DJ on the decks from 4pm to 8pm. It’s definitely one we want to go back for.

Best for: Drinks with a view, date nights, Saturday brunching

Bokan is on floor 37-39 of the Novotel hotel, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP and is open 6pm to 11pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12.30pm to 4.30pm for Saturday brunch (last orders 2.30pm). It is closed Sundays and Mondays

Prices in the restaurant start from £49 for two courses, £59 for three courses and £99 for a seven-course tasting menu. Wine pairing is £79. Sky high Saturday brunch is £45 for three courses and add bottomless bubbles or wine for £19. Bar snacks start from £4.50 and cocktails are £14 each

Book a table at Bokan here

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