This page covers Tower Hamlets and the London Docklands area. The vast system of docks that had made London the world's largest port during the 19th century fell into disuse after the 1960s. Major developments in the 1980s have now turned the area into a major business and leisure centre. Careful restoration has, however, ensured that many of the old dockland buildings will remain as reminders of London 's busy trading past.
Vast modern office blocks tower above the waters of the West India Docks, including the 50 storey, 771 ft (235 m) high No. l Canada Square, Britain's second tallest building. Canary Wharf is one of Europe's largest commercial developments, providing some 12 million square feet of offices, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.
Information and exhibition centre. Operates regular coach tours, helicopter rides and river cruises.
Thomas Telford's only completed London project, opened in 1828 and spreading over some 25 acres. It was the first dock to be redeveloped and is now established as one of London's most popular waterside attractions. Quayside buildings occupied by shops, housing, offices, restaurants and pubs, look out on a flotilla of bobbing yachts, barges and motorboats. The only original building still standing is the Warehouse, designed by George Aitchison. Other historical features are the bow fronted dock-master's residence, the eastern dock footbridge, recessed moorings in dock walls and the original bollards at the dock entrance. The Italianate Ivory House has been converted into flats and a shopping arcade.
Museum housed in a former sugar warehouse describes the long history of London as a port and its trade with the world.
These vast docks on the Isle of Dogs cover some 54 acres of water. They were designed by William Jessop to be used by merchants of the West India Company from 1802 onwards. The docks closed in 1980 and now form the heart of the Docklands business area.
Bells have been cast by this foundry since 1570, including the Liberty Bell, Bow Bells and Big Ben.
A turreted Art Nouveau building where the sculptor Barbara Hepworth and painter David Hockney first exhibited their work. A mosaic above the main entrance door is by Waiter Crane. The gallery now specialises in avant-garde exhibitions.
A fine old public house with good views of the River Thames. It was here that Charles Dickens gathered material and drew inspiration for his novel 'Our Mutual Friend'.
Pub which took its name from opening of West India Docks in 1802, when the 'The Henry Aldington' the first ship to arrive there, fired her main guns as she hauled into view.
Said to be oldest Thames-side pub, dating from 1520. It still contains its original, early 16th century panels, beams and. Provides excellent views across the river from its well places terrace. The artists Whistler and Turner were once customers there.
Gardens, covering several acres, that have been open to public for nearly 100 years. Christopher Wren thought this was the best viewpoint for Greenwich Hospital (which is now the Royal Naval College).
Working city farm with farm animals, apple orchard and allotments. Vegetables are grown on the mud dredged from the nearby Millwall Dock and left to settle and dry in special beds, hence unusual name of farm.
The wholesale and retail market moved in 1982 from the City area to this new larger site in the West India Docks. Its original market bell was also moved, however, the clock in centre of main market is a copy of one that stood in the old market.
This wharf was the site of the launching of Isambard Brunel's huge iron ship, the Great Eastern, in 1858.
Windsurfing boards, canoes and sailing boats have replaced ocean going ships in one of London's largest docks, opened in 1855.
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