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St Katharine's Dock and Limehouse Marina

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  • We'll have a nautical day and shoot boats and more.

    St Katharine's Docks opened in 1828. The Thomas Telford-designed docks was once one of the busiest ports in the UK, specialising in handling luxury goods such as sugar, rum, spices, perfumes, wines and tea. It was a major industrial complex, with many warehouses. Today, central London's only marina has evolved into a thriving waterside community that boasts modern and unusual office space, luxury homes, and quayside dining and shopping. One of London's best-kept secrets, it's only a stone's throw away from the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the City of London. And, of course, there are the boats - including Gloriana, made for the Queen.

    Try this link:

    We'll catch a train from Tower Gateway to Limehouse. This should cost about £3.80 for one-way.

    Limehouse Basin, as the marina used to be known, lies a few hundred metres to the west of Canary Wharf and can be reached from it by walking along the Thames Path.  We will not be doing this. The Basin provides a link for boats between the River Thames and the Regent's Canal, which runs from here through North London. It also connects to the River Lea about 2 kilometres to the north-east via a short section of canal called the Limehouse Cut

    When visited in the early 1980s, the basin, with its dilapidated wooden jetties and low rise warehouses, was eerily quiet in the way that only a formerly clamorous industrial site can become when abandoned. The railway to the north was disused and the road and river to the south had little traffic. Apart few a few gulls bobbing on the surface of the water there was little movement. Local fishermen spoke of a giant pike which had its home in the southwest corner of the silted up dock. Since then the basin and surrounding area have been redeveloped, and is thoroughly gentrified.

    Many canal and river boats use the basin as a convenient mooring location. It provides easy access to the River Thames via a modern lock and to the country's canal system via the Regent's Canal and the Limehouse Cut. And, of course, we have the boats...

    Again try this link:

    The photo walk is free, but have your Oyster Card topped up for the train.

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