by the Munching Mariner (published East End Life, 7 December 2010)

Byron is a US-style burger diner at the heart of Canary Wharf but tucked away on the second floor of the Cabot Place shopping centre.

There were few passers-by, but among them, as my Thirst Mate and I settled down for lunch, were model Danielle Lloyd and her footballer fianc√© Jamie O’Hara along with their four month old baby, Archie.


Escalators take you straight to the door. But there is no door.

All the waiters in Byron were sporting moustaches in honour of Movember, fundraising for the Prostate Cancer Charity. The diner even offered a special Movember burger with some proceeds going to charity.

My Thirst Mate ordered this along with some fries and I asked for the Byron burger with a side order of macaroni cheese. There is a modest range of attractive burgers, which forms the core of the menu.

A New York drink in a US-style diner

To wash them down, we ordered a strawberry milkshake and a Brooklyn beer, supporting the carefully cultivated American theme.

By the time we finished our burgers and carb-laden side dishes, we realised there was no space for dessert, but would have happily ordered anything from the menu of cheesecake, knickerbocker glory, chocolate brownie and flavoured ice creams.

The service was friendly and the atmosphere relaxed but busy, as we would expect given the location at lunchtime on a weekday.

Our bill came to £31.40, excluding service.

Byron is on the second floor at Cabot Place East in Canary Wharf E14 4QT. Telephone 020 7715 9360.