MAY 22,2013 - MAY 22,2013 (1 DAYS)
The Dockyards: Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf.
Start: The South Quay DLR Station.
End: The Canary Wharf Underground Station.
Weather: Could be in any weather. But, what a difference between a sunny and cloudy day ! The Dockyards are in their best under London sun. The pictures below have been taken in a rainy day...
We start at the South Quay DLR station. With our back to the DLR track, and the Marsh Wall street (behind) - we face the Millwall Inner Dock on the Thames. Millwall Inner Dock is an area where several housing developments and impressive apartment towers have been developed. We walk to the left (east) and continue along the water crossing 3 restaurants: the Spinnaker, the Food Atelier and the floating Lotus - all on our left. On our right is the Baltimore project of offices and housing. Arriving to Pepper street - turn backward and what you see:
The view from Pepper street - to the east side of the dock:
...and to the western bank:
Turn right on Pepper street and step on the Glengall Bridge (over the water) to get a better view of the dock northward. On your right (east):
and the Baltimore Building:
On your left (west) is the Tompkins Building (built by Pan Peninsula):
On the north-west is the South Quay Plaza project:
We continue walking AROUND the Millwall Inner Dock - returning to the South Quay DLR station and climbing along the stairs to the Marsh Wall street. On the junction with the Admirals Way (on your right is the Hilton Canary Wharf hotel) - wait a few minutes to catch the DLR train passing by with the Canary Wharf towers behind:
Walk along the Marsh Wall street with spectacular views on both sides of your way. On the left (west) is the Thames (and the Thames Path).
On your right magnificient views to the (by order of your walk) : Britainnia International hotel, the South Dock, the PwC headquarters tower,
Heron Quays West Park, the Middle Dock (and behind it the Canary Warf big station) and Jones Long Lasalle building. Keep walking until you arrive to the attractive square of Westferry Circus:
Now, we turn right to the centre of Canary Wharf. Every step we face grandiose sights around. Head east (right) toward W India Ave. Exit the roundabout onto W India Ave and slight right onto Cabot Square. Continue onto S Colonnade. Slight left to stay on S Colonnade. Turn left to stay on S Colonnade. You are under the highest building in Britain (until 2010): the One Canada Square. One Canada Square is a skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London. It was the tallest building in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 2010, standing at 235 metres above ground level and containing 50 storeys. In late 2010, it was surpassed by The Shard (completed in July 2012) which stands at 309.6 metres . Construction on the tower began in 1988. On November 1990, the tower was topped out when the top piece of the pyramid roof was put in place by crane. It took 15 years to fill up the tower from the completion of construction .On your right is the One Canada Park or East Winter Garden (we'll return to the Canada tower a few minutes later):
While in the park, with your face to the Canada Tower, take the left (south-west) exit. Head west on Canada Square/S Colonnade. Continue to follow S Colonnade road. Turn left toward Bank Street. Take the stairs and turn right onto Bank St. The Heron Quays are on the left. We moved to Heron Quays to get wonderful views on the One Canada Sqaure - opposite the Heron Quays:
One Canada Square is a prestigious location for offices. The pyramid roof, in its top, is a famous feature of the building. The pyramid itself is 40 metres high and 30 metres square at the base. It is made from stainless steel. The tower is an occupied office building and is not open to the public. The tower has 32 passenger lifts divided into four banks, each serving a different section of the building. It also has two freight lifts and two firemens lifts.Lifts travel from the lobby to the 50th floor in just 40 seconds:
In case you are very hungry enter the ground / underground space of the Canada Tower. Tens of restaurants and other businesses:
With your face to the tower (the East Winter Garden / Park on your right) - you'll see on your right, also, the entrance to the Canary Wharf station and Mall:
We'll return part of the same way we did from the Heron Quays to the One Canada Square. With your face to the Canary Wharf Underground station (NOT the CW DLR station !) and the One Canada Square on your left - continue (right) along the South Colonade and the Bank roads. On your left is another small park - the Jubilee Park:
The HSBC building from the Jubilee park:
Bank of America from the Jubilee Park:
The Bank street and, later, the Upper Bank street go around the Jubilee Park. From this park and from the Jubilee Place (inside the park) you get, again, marvelous views of the Canary Wharf buildings, pier and the Thames:
From the Bank street, turn right to the Upper Bank Street.
In the Bank Street - you'll see an impressive sculpture of Igor Mortaj:
Walk until you meet, again, the South Colonade Rd. Turn right to the S. Colonade rd. and again right to the Montgomery Street. All that for having a look at another impressive sculpture Centauro of Igor Mitoraj (from year 1994):
We recommend walking southward along Montgomery Street (until its end) to get other impressive sights of Canary Wharf from this south-east corner of the Canary Wharf (the Admirality Way Waterside):
Almost in the end of Montgomery Street, turn left on the Pontoon Foot Bridge to the Wood Wharf and the Harbour Quay road. From there you get further sights on the Canary Wharf mega-buildings, the Thames canals and waterways:
We step back from Wood Wharf to the Canary Wharf station - crossing again Montogmery Street and Montgomery Square. The station is on our right. From there you can take more sensational photos of the Canary Wharf cybertown: