Canary Wharf is located on the River Thames in the heart of the East End of London. Prior to having become the financial hub of London and arguably, England, Canary Wharf was primarily derelict.
The Docklands (the area where Canary Wharf is located and its surrounding area) played a huge part in London's success due to the docks in the 17th Century. Thriving due to workers from all across London and the world, the area had become popular. With a huge population however comes poverty and crime - it was well known that the River Thames was a crime hotspot.
When WW2 took place, naturally the Germans took the decision to bomb the docks - this was strategic. After an estimated near 3000 bombs coming down on the docklands, the docks were ruined and the area couldn't be recovered. The docks were closed down in the 80s and with that came unemployment which meant even more poverty and even more crime.
in the late 80s early 90s, to tackle what was known as a problem area and to ensure the Docklands would thrive once more, the government set up a development program which involved making the area attractive to businesses (tax exemptions): hence began the work of Canary Wharf (yes, the tall building with the pyramid on top).
Now a financial hub, Canary Wharf (now the name of the area as opposed to just the building), is where all major banks and top UK firms are based. With a shopping complex on site including the recent Crossrail development and full of bars, restaurants, and even little parks, this is a place most have to visit - oh, and there is a cinema which happens to also be located right next to the Museum of Docklands.
The area itself is open 24/7 but the shopping complex and bars/restaurants have their own individual opening and closing times so be sure to look at Canary Wharf's website before your visit.
The runners of the annual London Marathon which occurs on a Sunday in April run through Canary Wharf just past their 18th mile through to their 19th. This is a popular spot for locals and spectators from afar to watch and cheer due to the onsite green patches and bars/coffee shops located all around - what can be better than chilling and admiring those running on a Spring day (usually beaming with sunshine)?
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