TRIBE Canary Wharf is a total vibe. Positioning itself to appeal to the savvy, modern digital traveller, this London hotel is the brand’s first in the UK and happens to be in a great location – next door to the capital’s newest Dishoom and the recently opened floating Hawksmoor.
Lifestyle design hotels have to go some way to impress when you first step through those doors, but TRIBE manages to do it in unique style. The lobby carries its own energy with a massive open space with modern and contemporary interiors and no expense spared on the gorgeous flooring. It doubles up as a work ‘Social Hub’ which is open 24 hours, and there’s no doubt it’s an inspiring area if you need to get creative.
Also on the ground floor is the bar and restaurant Feels Like June. While it’s uber glam, it’s also ultra comfortable. With luxe banquettes and a layout that ensures you can sit alone and not feel like everyone’s looking at you, the impressive oval shaped bar area makes this part of the hotel feel chic and cosmopolitan. With high stools and hanging plants, the menu is Californian inspired with a well thought out menu available all day.
Dishes include shrimp rolls, mezze plates, sweet potato fries and ceviche. I enjoyed a hearty, spicy bowl of juicy tomato and aubergine with a sprinkling of pine nuts on chunky rigatoni. The truffle fries included a healthy grating of the good stuff and the house red really hit the spot. Breakfast is plentiful, but as it’s on until 11am, I found some of the dishes on the counter had gone a little cold by the time I got to eat.
In summer, you’ve also got the option of the al fresco terrace which is the perfect spot to soak up both the rays and the buzzy atmosphere in this area of Canary Wharf.
Priding itself on having everything you need and nothing you don’t, TRIBE comfort rooms are cosy spaces at 14sqm, but the compact design ensures you have hanging space, a mirror and vanity space, rainfall shower featuring luxury amenities in the bathroom, and a super comfy double bed. Shiny gold plug sockets, desk space and chair and modern design lights mean you can also work away quite happily in here, but while the room I stayed in wasn’t the most spacious, TRIBE’s ‘social’ spaces are so sociable that it’s a pleasure to hang out in them, soaking up the vibe, being productive on your laptop, or chatting with friends. This is, after all, a hotel brand built for the curious traveller – not for someone who’ll spend most of their time locked away in their room!
The Grab & Go counter is perfect for that 8am coffee if you’re heading out to a meeting or only have time for a freshly based croissant as you make a run for the DLR or Crossrail. Both are just a few minutes walk away making TRIBE Canary Wharf extremely well connected with the benefit of the new Elizabeth line – if you’ve not used it before, you’ll be amazed at how quick it is to get around London. With hotels dotted around the globe, in Australia, France, Netherlands, Cambodia and Indonesia, this brand have really hit the nail on the head when it comes to affordable boutique luxury for the modern traveller. You could say I’ve found my TRIBE.