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- The earliest reference to the area is thought to have been in 1356 when it was known as Les Lymhostes. In the early 1400s, the area was also recorded with the name of Lymhosteys.
- The Limehouse name relates to the local lime kilns or, more precisely, lime oasts, by the river and operated by the large potteries that served shipping in the London Docks.
- The Limehouse area is defined by its borders with Limehouse Basin in the west, to Pennyfields in the east; and from the Thames in the south to the Victory Bridge at the junction of Ben Jonson Road and Rhodeswell Road in the north.
- Limehouse Basin opened in 1820 as the Regent's Canal Dock, and was amongst the first of London’s Docks to close in the late 1960’s.
- The redevelopment of the Basin started in 1983 as part of the London Docklands Development Corporation's overall masterplan for the Docklands area.
- Limehouse Cut is said to be the oldest canal in London and connects the Thames with the River Lee at Bow Creek. Regent’s Canal also flows into Limehouse Basin and at its westerly end goes all the way to Paddington (if you fancy a short stroll or paddle…)
- The first area known as Chinatown in London was actually located in the Limehouse area, the present Chinatown, off Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho, did not start to be established until the 1970s.
- Sir Ian McKellen is part owner of The Grapes pub on Narrow Street and is also a Limehouse resident. The Grapes – originally The Bunch of Grapes – has stood there for nearly 500 years, and more latterly was a regular haunt of Charles Dickens.
- Number 80 Narrow Street was both a home and studio to painter Francis Bacon.
- Sherlock Holmes went in search of opium on Narrow Street.
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DLR: Limehouse DLR will take you west to Bank or Tower Gateway in just 6 or 5 minutes respectively. To the east is Canary Wharf (10 minutes), Greenwich (16 mins) and Lewisham (21 mins), or Stratford (18 mins) and City Airport (16 mins).
National Rail: C2C operate mainline services at Limehouse station which run into Fenchurch Street from locations in Essex such as Southend… if you fancy getting away from it all.
Bus: Numerous buses run along Commercial Road, including the 15 – Blackwall via the City to Charing Cross – the 115 to Aldgate and the D3 to Bethnal Green. The D3 also runs along Narrow Street.
Airport: Escaping from the city couldn’t be easier with London City Airport just a few stops away on the DLR or a few minutes by cab.
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Even for those that don’t know the Canary Wharf area that well, if you’ve travelled through you’re sure to have noticed Ability Place with its distinctive blue, yellow and red chequerboard exterior. Ranging from 14 to 22 storeys in height and built in U-shape, Ability Place stands on the westerly edge of Millwall Dock at Millharbour.
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Dollar Bay is developer Mount Anvil’s latest scheme and their first foray into development in the Canary Wharf area, having previously developed mostly, and very successfully, in Central London and the City fringe.
Located at Lawn House Close on the eastern corner of South Dock, Dollar Bay residents will benefit from a 24 hour concierge, landscaped garden and a lounge. We particularly like the fact that the gymnasium looks over the dock, rather than being hidden away in a basement somewhere.
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Firstly, Horizons Tower at 1 Yabsley Street is not to be confused with the similarly named Horizon Building which is also located in E14, on Hertsmere Road.
Horizons is currently mid completion with the first apartments having completed in August.
Located on the banks of the Thames, this riverside development comprises 131 apartments over 25 floors. Horizons Tower’s facilities include a 24 hour concierge, gymnasium and bike store, whilst some apartments further benefit from a secure underground parking space.