Unless you work in the business district of Canary Wharf, you might never think to go there – but Plateau is one reason you should.

Hidden above a Waitrose in Canada Square, you’ll be sure to pass all the city types on your way in, but when you exit the lift on the fourth floor you could be somewhere else altogether.

I was expecting corporate suitsville, but from the moment we were greeted at the door by the most friendly of hostesses, I realised I may have got Canary Wharf all wrong.

It was somewhere I’d tried to avoid for years, but if Plateau is anything to go by it’s worth the visit even if you just pop in for a cocktail, which are reasonably priced from £10.  The Cosmopolitan was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. Enjoy with a view of the London cityscape from one of their two outdoor terraces.

The modern French-style restaurant is part of the D&D hospitality group, who run over 30 restaurants worldwide, including famous London haunts Quaglino’s, Coq d’Argent and Chelsea’s Bluebird (which has just opened a new branch in New York).

As well as elegant dining, Plateau has an informal grill, with mains starting from £12.50.  There is also a set menu option in the main restaurant where you can get two courses for £25 or three for £30, including a Bellini.

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