St Anne’s Limehouse
Nicholas Hawksmoor’s earliest church (built 1714–27) still boasts the highest church clock in the city. In fact, the 60m-high tower was...
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...
Isle of Dogs
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...
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...
There isn’t much to Limehouse, although it became the centre of London’s Chinese community – its first Chinatown – after some 300 sailors settled here in 1890. It gets a mention in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), when the protagonist passes by this way in search of opium.
The most notable attraction here is St Anne’s, Limehouse. This was Nicholas Hawksmoor’s earliest church (1725) and still boasts the highest church clock in the city. In fact the 60m-high tower is still a ‘Trinity House mark’ for identifying shipping lanes on the Thames (thus it flies the Royal Navy’s white ensign).