The History of the Royal Docks: Canary Wharf & Greenwich Private TourPrivate Tour
Discover the fascinating history of London’s Royal docks and explore Canary Wharf, home to the world’s most powerful docks and a great marketplace for the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Things to know
Couples, Culture Vulture, Friends, History Buffs
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
Walking tour: no transportation is included
- English-speaking tour guide
- Gratuities optional
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off are not included
Meeting points: Your guide will meet you outside Notes Coffee Roasters & Bar, Unit CR24, Crossrail Pl, London E14 5AR, United Kingdom
What makes this tour special
Explore London’s fascinating and often dramatic maritime history on this private tour of the Royal Docks on the Isle of Dogs, the financial centre at Canary Wharf, the amazing urban farm at Mudchute, and finally a walk along a hidden footpath under the Thames to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to see the famous Cutty Sark, the magnificent Royal Naval College, and fabulous views along the Thames.
On your private tour you will:
Enjoy a private walking tour through London’s Docklands, Canary Wharf, and Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs;
Learn about the long and complex history and trade on the docks from the Romans, to the Normans, the Elizabethan age, and the massive growth in the Victorian era;
Hear how the Thames was often jam-packed with ships and their sails of all sizes;
Learn that the docks were designed to facilitate ease of delivery, and prevent too much pilfering!;
Hear about the bombing of the docks during the Second World War;
Take in gorgeous views at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, used as a performance space;
Enjoy a brief visit inside the Museum of London Docklands;
Walk around Canary Wharf, now London’s impressive glass and concrete financial centre;
Explore Mudchute, one of the largest urban farms in the whole of Europe, used during WW2;
Walk along the hidden Greenwich Foot Tunnel beneath the River Thames;
Arrive at the charming Royal Borough of Greenwich famous for its links with London's maritime trade and the Royal Navy;
Admire the famous 19th-century tea clipper, the Cutty Sark;
Enjoy a Walking tour of Greenwich, with its beautiful architecture of the Royal Naval College, designed by Christopher Wren;
End your tour at a traditional pub on the river, with spectacular views of the Isle of Dogs, the Tower of London and the Shard.
Learn all about London's exciting maritime history - its global shipping trade, its famous naval captains and sea-dog adventurers and privateers, from Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh to Horatio Nelson. Learn all about the chequered history of the East India Company - founded in 1600 and whose piers were the first to be built.
As you walk around the docklands and royal Greenwich, imagine the Thames filled with vast ships and sails, and the slow traffic of barges, boats, galleons, warships, and faster moving schooners and tea clippers - one of which you'll see: The Cutty Sark in Greenwich.
The London Docklands cover 9 square miles of riverfront along the Thames, including the Isle of Dogs and the historic naval and royal borough of Greenwich, which you’ll explore on this tour. They have been in use for centuries as the hub of Britain’s global trade until most of them were destroyed during WW2.
The West India Docks were three docks, built to import and export goods, and occasionally passengers, from and to the British West Indies. From massive warehouses, today the area of Canary Wharf has been redeveloped into the financial centre of London, famous for its glass and concrete buildings. It is dominated by the 45-story skyscraper, One Canada Square.
Just south of here, you will visit Mudchute Park and Farm, the largest urban farm in Europe. It is a fascinating Nature Reserve where you’ll learn all about biodiversity and also the ‘dig for Britain’ campaign of WW2.
Afterwards, head under the Thames on the footpath connecting the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich: a quaint and architecturally beautiful borough of London with deep connections to its maritime past. Greenwich is home to the magnificent Royal Naval College, which has been used for many filming locations, including Les Miserables, Poldark, and Bridgerton.
End at a quaint pub on the river and enjoy fabulous views across the water of Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, and the Shard.
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.
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