Tower Hamlets

Canary Wharf and the Docklands

Canary Wharf is the UK's second finanancial centre after the City of London.  Situated in east London, the area is more than office blocks and a concrete jungle, it has 110 acres of docks that provides a stunning waterside setting for a thriving retail and leisure district offering shops, restaurants, bars, parks and open spaces as well an extensive arts and events programme.

Museum of London Docklands tells the fascinating story of the people, the port and the role the river Thames has had in shaping London.

Canary Wharf is easily reached on the Jubilee line or the Docklands Light Railway.

St Katharine's Dock and Wapping

St Katharine’s Dock is nestled in the heart of the City of London next to The Tower of London, and the beautiful Tower Bridge.

It is a tranquil marina housing up to 200 luxury yachts and historic barges. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque setting of St Katharine's, look at the stunning views of the River Thames, walk along the docks and enjoy the waterside restaurants, shops and cafe.

In Wapping, along Wapping High Street, there are many pubs and taverns providing food and drink.

Visitors can also go to Wapping Old Stairs to see where once the fishermen landed their catch from Ramsgate in Kent and the dugneons where convicts were kept before being transported to Australia.

St Katharine's Dock can be reached easily by rail, tube, Docklands Light Railway, road and by boat.

Other places of interest are the Wapping Project, a renovated hydraulic-power-station-cum-art-gallery-and-restaurant, King Edward VII Memorial Park and Wilton’s Music Hall.

Brick Lane and Spitalfields

Brick Lane houses a vibrant market where up and coming designers set up stalls selling unusual clothes, jewellery and handbags.  This area is known for being the heart of the Bangladeshi community in London, due to this there are many authentic curry houses and the Great London Mosque.

Christ Church is an important landmark in Spitalfields that is now used as a visual arts gallery and concert hall.

There are many trendy bars and clubs in Brick Lane and outdoor festivals throughout the year.

In this area there is a wonderful selection of unusual and small museums.  These include The Women's Library and the Whitechapel Gallery.

Lastly Brick Lane is known for the colourful street art that can be seen around the area.