• The earliest known reference to Blackwall is in a document of 1362, in which meadow and pasture were leased at Godelockhope (Goodluck Hope) and Blackwall.
  • Following the successful creation of the West India Docks which opened in 1802, an Act of Parliament in 1803 set up The East India Dock Company.

bird in Canary Wharf

Some of you might have noticed that there's precious little bird poop in Canary Wharf, and we're going to explain why.

This is Lemmy (the little chap on the right) and he is a Harris Hawk. If you work in Canary Wharf you might have seen him around, either up in the skies, or exactly as you see him now, on Paul's arm (he's the chap on the left).

Lemmy's job is to keep the birds away. Have a think, when was the last time you saw a pigeon in Canary Wharf?

Isle of Dogs at night


Let’s be frank, the Isle of Dogs doesn’t have a ‘centre’ as such, and it certainly doesn’t have a High Street, so with no obvious place start a day or night out on the Isle of Dogs we’re going to have point you in the right direction. 

Getting around the Isle of Dogs

DLR: The Isle of Dogs is well served by the Docklands Light Railway, which runs through the middle of the Island from South Quay at the top, then down through Crossharbour, Mudchute, and Island Gardens. Going on from South Quay is Canary Wharf, Bank and Tower Gateway, plus connections to Stratford and the rest of the DLR network. Island Gardens leads to Lewisham, via Greenwich. DLR trains run every 3-4 minutes at peak times.

Isle Of Dogs


Right now, the majority of residential development is happening to the north of the Island where Canary Wharf meets South Quay.

Already underway is the Canary Wharf Group’s redevelopment of Wood Wharf, completing in 2023, Berkeley’s South Quay Plaza (2020), Galliard’s Maine Tower at Harbour Central (2019/2020), Ballymore’s The Wardian (2019), LBS’ The Madison (2019), Mount Anvil’s Dollar Bay (2017) and Galliard’s Baltimore Tower (2017).

But that’s not all.

The Property Ombudsman TSI Trading Standards Client Money Protection Rightmove Zoopla