Boats, bananas and bankers
Until the First World War London had the largest dock in the world, the largest in Europe until the Second World War but within 20 years of the end of WW2 all of the central London docks began to close. By 1981 the riverside of London's East End was a forgotten wasteland. Today the Docklands have been reborn as London's 2nd financial centre and Canary Wharf is considered one of the most successful regeneration projects ever attempted in Europe.
This walk will tell you how and why the Docks were created in the first place and how it went from the disaster of the 1960's closures to London's 2nd financial centre, where today the average salary is 3 times the national average.
Sites visited include Londoner's favourite tube station, the Crossrail Place roof garden and If time allows, we will also visit the Museum of London Docklands.
On this walk you will see:
- Londoners favourite tube station
- The Hibbert Gate - a recreation of the original gate into the docks.
- Grade 1 listed 19th Century warehouses
- The Museum of London Docklands
- Crossrail Place roof garden.
- Wood Wharf - The final phase of Canary Wharf
- Jubilee Gardens
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Canary Wharf Jubilee Line Station, west entrance at the top of the escalators, in Reuters Plaza.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 £ - Maybe a drink and a snack.
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
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It's a shame most tourists would bypass this tour because it's about London today and not centuries ago. The London Docklands located at Canary Wharf is one of the most ambitious urban redevelopment projects in the world and is a must for architects, urban planners, and large city dwellers like my wife and I. Pepe, who grew up in the area, knows all the twists and turns which made this world class project possible. He patiently walked us through the development providing us rich insider details .