Private Walking Tour - Trade and Empire; History of Canary Wharf and the Docklands
Learn about the fascinating past of this London area which was the epicenter of trade for the largest empire in the history of mankind.
Things to know
Couples, Culture Vulture, Friends, History Buffs
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
No tickets required for this tour
Type of tour:
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.
Gratuities optional Customisable - simply ask us
Meeting points: At the top of the stairs of Reuters Plaza, E14 5AJ
What makes this tour special
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
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.
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.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
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QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <email@example.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
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