Isle of Dogs
Museum of London Docklands
Housed in a converted warehouse dating from 1802, this museum offers a comprehensive overview of the entire history of the Thames from...
Cesar Pelli’s 244m-high Canary Wharf Tower , which was built in 1991 at 1 Canada Sq and has been described as a ‘square prism with a...
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 – there’s apparently been a drinking house here since 1583 – the Grapes is tiny, especially...
Admittedly one of four outlets of a chain, including the Royal China Queensway , this is London’s best Cantonese restaurant and excels...
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.