About London Canary Wharf
London Canary Wharf is a major business district, located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England, and it is home to the majority of the United Kingdom's tallest buildings and premier office spaces. Canary Wharf lies on the site of the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs, which in Medieval times was known as Stepney Marsh. The name of Isle of Dogs is believed to have been given due to the royal kennels in the area.
The West India Docks were opened in 1802 and were considered to be the country's greatest civil engineering structure of its time. In May 1988, the constructions began at Canary Wharf and 2 years later the well-known steel pyramid was placed on One Canada Square. One year after that, the first tenants moved to Canary Wharf, on State Street, and since then, the area has continuously blossomed, gradually turning in the major business district known today.
Canary Wharf currently contains major banks such as Credit Suisse, Barclays, Citigroup or HSBC, renowned law firms such as Allen & Overy or Clifford Chance, as well as dozens of service firms and news media firms such as Trinity Mirror or Thomson Reuters.
Top attractions near London Canary Wharf
In addition to the eye-catching, imposing, tall buildings and the rich variety of stores, shops and restaurants which can be found in Canary Wharf, there are also dozens of thriving attractions spread throughout the business district's area, such as:
The Idea Store, in Whitechapel, approximately 2 miles from Canary Wharf, which is more than a simply library. Idea Store Whitechapel opened in 2005, and contains the former Whitechapel library, once home to the biggest collection of Yiddish books in Europe. It is housed in a David Adjaye designed building, and brings together adult learning, training and meeting areas, as well as a focus on the local history of Tower Hamlets. It contains Idea Store centres at Bow and Chrisp Street (opened July 2004), as well as the Idea Store Canary Wharf which launched in March 2006.
Brick Lane, in Shoreditch, less than 3 miles from Canary Wharf, London's own "Curry Mile", featuring first-rate spiced food, Jewish bagel shops, Indian sari silks and artists' studios, Gilbert and George and Tracey Emin being famously proud residents of the neighbouring streets. A walk down on Brick Lane is a relaxing, exciting and pleaseant experience, all at once. Here you will find everything from bars and clubs to coffee shops, fashion outlets and graduate art shows.
Museum of London Docklands, in West India Quay, Tower Hamlets, less than 6 minutes from Canary Wharf, focused on the history of the East End with particular emphasis on the River Thames and the lives that have ebbed and flowed with it. The museum's permanent educational displays include the Thames Highway which tells the fascinating local story since the city began as a Roman settlement in AD43, featuring a spectacular large scale model of Old London Bridge, the first stone structure built over the Thames with the bridge as it was in 1450 on one side, and the bridge in all its Tudor glory on the other.
One Canada Square, the tallest building in the United Kingdom, standing out from almost any high vantage point in Greater London. This 235-metre tall tower is home to major international companies and several major national newspapers and has become a symbol of the regeneration of London's Docklands, most Londoners refering to it simply as "Canary Wharf".
Any of Tower Hamlets beautiful parks, the list including Bethnal Green Gardens, located in the North East of Bethnal Green South Ward, one of the Green spaces of the borough that has a War memorial, also featuring great play areas for small children, as well as basketball, tennis, football and netball courts, including other green space areas such as Island Gardens, Mile End Park, Mudchute Park, St George's Gardens or Victoria Park.