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Docklands: London's Bridge to Past and Future

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A September 2000 trip to London by Hal1026

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Quote: Stretching from east of Tower Bridge to beyond the Isle of Dogs, the area long known as the Docklands to Londoners is a great window on the city's past, present and future.

Docklands: London's Bridge to Past and Future

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Overview

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Best things to do: Walk along the streets and Thames embankment and observe the change that has come to this part of the British capital. Formerly (as the name suggests) a port for arriving and departing ships, the Docklands was where much of the Britain's colonial seafaring took place. Here ships would unload produce from all four corners of the empire. Nowadays, the Docklands has become the second financial center to the more ancient City of London, along with multimillion dollar commercial and residential development. But the area's connection to the river and the waters continues, with sailing and watersports clubs that visitors are also welcome to take advantage of.Quick Tips:...Read More

Four Seasons Canary Wharf

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Hotel | "Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf"

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Minutes from Lonon''s West End, now that the Jubilee line extension is complete, Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf features a three-story lobby leading to 142 rooms located in an ultra-modern tower. My room had a spectacular waterfront view of the Thames which in the early glow of the London evening was well worth the price of admission here! Each room has a window seating area to take in the view; rooms are about 400 square feet in size. Other room features include: a large marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub, separate shower stall, a large vanity, fully-stocked private bar, in-room safe, satellite TV (hello CNN), fax hookup, internet access, multi-line telephones with voicemail, speaker and dat...Read More

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Four Seasons Canary Wharf
46 WESTFERRY CIRCUS CANARY WHARF
London, England E14 8RS
+44 207 510-1999

Quadrato

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Restaurant

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A 100 seat onsite restaurant at the Four Seasons, the Quadratois open for breakfast, lunch or dinner every day. Breakfast features international classics, but I chose the British breakfast I grew up with as a boy in England--eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, toast and marmalade. Oh, and tea of course. There is an "exhibition" kitchen positioned at the center of the restaurant allowing diners to watch the fare being prepared by the chefs. Northern Italian cuisine is the focus of the menu at lunch or dinner.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2001

Quadrato
within Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf 46
London, England E14 8RS
(020) 7510-1857

Cruise on the River Thames

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Attraction | "Watersports on the Thames"

Cruise on the River Thames Photo, London, England
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Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre: located on the Isle of Dogs, DSWC is based in a modern, purpose built facility at the west end of Millwall Dock. The first floor has a glass wall providing an excellent view of the dock that lets you watch what's happening out on the water while relaxing in the bar with a drink or snack. There's free parking and easy access to Docklands Light Railway. The watersports here has the advantage of direct access to both the Millwall Dock and the River Thames. The Dock is 25 acres of sheltered water that creates an ideal environment for beginners to safely learn a new watersport. The slipway allows the Centre direct access out onto the Thames so activities...Read More

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Cruise on the River Thames
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London, England

Reimagining the Docklands

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Story/Tip

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When I was a kid in England, the "docklands" or "wharves" suggested dark references in British domestic black-and-white thrillers to murder and intrigue in a part of London that was somewhat dangerous, murky (always lots of mist) and certainly nothing like the parts of London I knew firsthand. Nowadays, actually visiting the area for the first-time in person is a startling experience, not only in contrast to my early imagination of it but also because the reality even exceeds the descriptions of the changes of recent years I'm aware of. Simply put, the Docklands has taken over as London's powerhouse financial center for the new millenium (no coincidence that the Dome is within view from here)...Read More