History of Canary Wharf and the Docklands (Private Tour)

Magpie ID: YWUBIO
Reservation System: Rezdy
API Provider: Rezdy
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Location: London
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 2.0 hours
Trip difficulty: Moderate
Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/New_York
Highlights Learn about biodiversity at Jubilee Park 
Learn about London's public transport system 
Visit the Museum of London Docklands 
Enjoy the sounds and smells of the Billingsgate Fish Market
Take in gorgeous views at Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Summary
Learn about the fascinating past of this London area which was the epicentre of trade for the largest empire in the history of mankind
Description

The Canary Wharf area has a rich story of development and innovation, which this tour unfolds for the visitor. From the initial ground-breaking development of the West India Docks, through the area’s development as an enterprise zone to today’s harmonious mix of enterprise, art and landscape.

* Commence your tour at **Reuters Plaza**, and learn about London's public transport system 
* Learn about biodiversity at **Jubilee Park** 
* Uncover **Blackwall Basin** - part of the docks complex, now reused for floating homes 
* Enjoy the sounds and smells of the **Billingsgate Fish Market** 
* Take in gorgeous views at **Crossrail Place Roof Garden**, used as a performance space 
* Learn about the docks and their importance at the Import Dock Warehouses 
* Visit the **Museum of London Docklands** to uncover this historical time of development 
* Recount stories of the WI Docks at the **Ledge Building and Dedication Plague** 
* Discover (and witness) development at the **Riverside by Canary Wharf Pier** 
* Conclude at **Cabot Place via Westberry Circus**, where a recent sculpture by Henry Moore stands

**History**

When they opened in 1802, the West India Docks was London’s first commercial docks complex. It revolutionised trade and ushered in prosperity and growth. Much of this enterprise has survived and the tour takes in a number of important sights such as the great warehouse complex on the Import Dock – in its day the world’s biggest public development – and the Blackwall Basin, now a haven for floating homes.

After the Docks closed in 1980, the area became the flagship Enterprise Zone for London’s new Docklands scene. The tour includes aspects of that development, such as the area’s first new apartment block, a City market which moved here and is still flourishing, and the light railway that enabled the area to grow.

**Development**

Today the area presents many aspects of modern development. It is a place of enterprise still, yet in the modern mould. New building projects are set within areas which maintain the ecological balance through the use of greenery, encouraging wildlife. Art is encouraged too, with important sculptures by a variety of artists a prominent feature of the development.

Included Learn about the fascinating past of this London area
Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places
A friendly, professional guide with first-hand knowledge of the area
Excluded Food and drink, although your guide will be happy to recommend snacks along the way
Hotel pick up, we do recommend a centrally located start point
Know before you book Please bring comfortable walking shoes
Kids under 4 are free
Know before you go Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to the tour start time
Please bring waterproof clothing in case it rains
Please bring plenty of water
Additional Information Not wheelchair accessible
Health Items Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands

Operating Info

Booking Cut-off 48 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 15 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Operating Type:

Fixed Times

Season:

All year: From 01-01-2020 To 12-31-2020
Sunday 10:00, 14:00
Monday 10:00, 14:00
Tuesday 10:00, 14:00
Wednesday 10:00, 14:00
Thursday 10:00, 14:00
Friday 10:00, 14:00
Saturday 10:00, 14:00

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 51.504207, -0.019698
Address: Reuters Plaza, London, England, E14 5AJ
Notes: At the top of the stairs of Reuters Plaza
Start Location Notes Reuters Plaza, London, England, E14 5AJ
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 40.7025714, -73.99056
Address: 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Notes:
Start Location Notes Reuters Plaza, London, England, E14 5AJ
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 40.7025714, -73.99056
Address: 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Notes:
Start Location Notes Reuters Plaza, London, England, E14 5AJ
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

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