Walking Tour - Canary Wharf - Saturday 21 March 2020 11am
When it first began to emerge in the 1980s, Canary Wharf was a trailblazer for a new kind of London: an urban environment defined by high rise, high density towers, a meticulously managed, privately-owned public realm with much of the new development detached from its surrounding area.
In the decades since, Canary Wharf has continued to grow: upwards initially, but outwards too. And while it may have begun life as an exclusively commercial and workplace district, the imminent arrival of Crossrail - in a Norman Foster-designed station - is heralding a new residential phase, with the two tallest residential blocks in Europe nearing completion, and a third to follow.
This walk explores this still-unique part of London, its buildings and open spaces, and ponders how much farther it has to go.
Your guide worked on the planning and development of the area for over twenty years, most recently as Olympic planning and regeneration advisor for the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Meet: Outside café of the Museum of London Docklands, No1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14 4AL. Duration 2-2.5hrs.