Canary Wharf/Docklands



If you plan on seeing a ghost town in London then visit Canary Wharf on the weekend: the perfectly kept streets are devoid of the usual corporate hustle and bustle of the work-week. Situated on the Isle of Dogs on the River Thames, the area historically was one of the busiest docks in the world (called Canary Wharf as the majority of its imports were from the Canary Islands) and it is now one of the busiest financial centres in the world with several major banks calling the area home.

The area is hardly a cultural hub but The Museum of Docklands in West India Quay and Trinity Buoy Wharf, an arts venue and artists studio space, provides for the more historically bent. A walk along the Thames Path provides for an interesting geographical history of the area, with modern sleek residential blocks lining the river, but step away from the Thames Path and you venture into the "real" Docklands, traditionally home to the working-class and immigrants the area still has pockets where regeneration has yet to reach.

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