Isle of Dogs
Museum of London Docklands
Housed in an 1802 warehouse, this museum combines artefacts and multimedia displays to chart the history of the city through its river...
One Canada Square
Cesar Pelli’s 235m-high skyscraper was built in 1991 and has been described as a ‘square prism with a pyramidal top’.
There isn’t much to Limehouse, although it became the centre of London’s Chinese community – its first Chinatown – after some 300...
One of Limehouse’s renowned historic pubs, the Grapes dates to 1583 and has insinuated its way into the writing of Pepys, Dickens,...
Billingsgate Fish Market
This wholesale fish market is open to the public, but you’ll have to be up at the crack of dawn. People will tell you that you have to...
Isle of Dogs information
The centrepiece of the Isle of Dogs is Cesar Pelli’s 244m-high Canary Wharf Tower , which was built in 1991. It’s surrounded by more recent towers housing HSBC and Citigroup, and offices for Bank of America, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and more. Londoners are divided on their appreciation of this area, though despite its soullessness, it is noteworthy for its radical development.
Pundits can’t really agree on whether this is really an island; strictly speaking it’s a peninsula of land on the northern shore of the Thames, though without modern road and transport links it would almost be separated from the mainland at West India Docks. And etymologists are still out to lunch over the origin of the island’s name. Some believe it’s because the royal kennels were located here during the reign of Henry VIII. Others maintain it’s a corruption of the Flemish word dijk (dyke), recalling the Flemish engineers who shored up the area’s muddy banks.