Canary Wharf has an eerie similarity to the sealed castle in The Masque of the Red Death, only instead of plague it is poor people they want to keep out. This pub, themed with wood, cast iron and muted wallpaper to look like it is in a Victorian building, not a tower block, has a sign on the door which reads:

'No jeans, no T-shirts.' Inside, men in suits try to act as though they are in the City.

The beer is Fullers and it has bar billiards, quite sophisticated grub and a peculiar panelled enclave which goes by the sobriquet 'The Oak Room'. Of course, the loos have not had time to get grubby.

The Cat and Canary, Fisherman's Walk, Canary Wharf E14 (071-512 9187)

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