Bottom, in this case, is its tranquil swimming pool.
With mood lighting and subtle music, this heated oasis is a great way to escape the bustle of the city.
It also boasts an underwater jet, against which “expert swimmers only” can practise their form.
For the non-experts among us, it can also be used as a small “lazy river” to propel you from one end of the pool to the other.
For insomniacs and fitness addicts, Floor 0 also boasts a 24-hour gym, plus a sauna.
In fact, it provides so many amenities for guests, running late for a morning meeting would be a real threat if the hotel wasn’t located just a short stroll from Canary Wharf Tube station.
The bedrooms themselves are gleaming and spacious and offer bird’s-eye views of London.
Depending on the room location, guests are treated to views of Greenwich, the mosaic of attractions in the heart of the city, or Canary Wharf itself.
Work desks provide an opportunity for last-minute prep, if that is needed, while “monsoon”-style showers, soft beds and “smart” pillows inject comfort.
Up on the 37th floor is the double AA Rosette-winning Bokan restaurant, where out of each floor-length window is a new view of the city from a rarely seen angle – and from this height, London does not have a bad side.
At Bokan 37, renowned French head chef Aurelie Altemaire promises to “use a mixture of local, ancient and adopted British ingredients”.
Highlights include Aberdeen Angus beef tartare and Scottish langoustine ravioli.
Up one more floor on 38 is a bar where, in addition to the view, guests can make the most of a team of mixologists.
Led by Italian Danilo Tersigni, the bar provides all the classics, from a mojito to a Long Island iced tea, as well as tipples inspired by Canary Wharf’s industrial past, including the Cutty Sark, a cocktail with vodka and pomegranate.
At the top of the hotel on Floor 39 is the jewel in the crown: the rooftop terrace.
Here, guests can lounge in the sky in a chic yet casual setting.
With live jazz, lounge beds and a specialist gin bar, it would be possible to spend an entire visit in the clouds.
Rooms at Novotel Canary Wharf start from £125.
Book via Novotel.com, call 020 3530 0500 or email [email protected]
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