London’s Canary Wharf, Docklands, and Greenwich Private Tour

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Explore the maritime history of London on this tour of the docks, wharves, and urban farm on the Isle of Dogs, and the Naval College at Greenwich.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

Explore some of London’s docklands on the Isle of Dogs, as well as the financial centre at Canary Wharf, and the amazing urban farm at Mudchute. Then walk the hidden footpath under the Thames to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to see the Cutty Sark, the Royal Naval College, and stunning views along the Thames. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personal attention of your private guide.
  • Enjoy a private walking tour through London’s Docklands, Canary Wharf, and Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs in the borough of Tower Hamlets. 
  • Learn about the long and complex history and trade of the docks from the Romans, to the Normans, the Elizabethan age, and the massive growth in the Victorian era, and hear how the Thames was often jam-packed with ships. The docks were designed to facilitate ease of delivery, and prevent too much pilfering!
  • Hear about their bombing during the Second World War. 
  • Take in gorgeous views at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, used as a performance space. 
  • Learn about the docks and their importance at the Import Dock Warehouses. 
  • Visit the Museum of London Docklands to learn more about the development of the area. 
  • Hear stories of the West India Docks at the Ledge Building and Dedication Plaque. 
  • Walk around Canary Wharf, now London’s impressive glass and concrete financial centre.
  • Learn about the Docklands Light Railway or DLR. 
  • Enjoy walking through Mudchute, one of the largest urban farms in the whole of Europe. 
  • Hear about how Londoners played a part in defending themselves on the Home Front in the Second World War while you are there. 
  • Walk through the hidden Greenwich Foot Tunnel that crosses beneath the River Thames to reach the charming borough of Greenwich and the famous 19th-century tea clipper ship the Cutty Sark. 
  • Enjoy the Walking tour of Greenwich, with its beautiful architecture of the Royal Naval College, designed by Christopher Wren. 
  • End your tour at one of the most scenic pubs in London, overlooking the Thames with views toward the Isle of Dogs and downriver to the Tower of London and the Shard. 

The London Docklands cover 9 square miles of riverfront along the Thames, including the Isle of Dogs in the borough of Tower Hamlets and the historic naval borough of Greenwich, which you’ll explore on this tour, as well as others like Lewisham, Southwark, and Newham. They have been in use for centuries as the hub of Britain’s global trade until most of them were destroyed during WW2. 

The West India Docks are three docks, built to import and export goods, and occasionally passengers, from and to the British West Indies. It was opened in 1802 if open you can visit the museum close by.  The area of Canary Wharf has been redeveloped to become the financial centre of London, famous for its glass and concrete buildings. It is dominated by the 45-story skyscraper, One Canada Square. 

Just south of here, you will visit Mudchute Park and Farm, the largest urban farm in Europe. A rather incongruous green area is so close to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf! It is a fascinating Nature Reserve where you’ll learn all about biodiversity and also the ‘dig for Britain’ campaign of WW2. 

Afterwards, head under the Thames on the footpath connecting the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich. A quaint and architecturally beautiful borough of London with deep connections to its maritime past. Greenwich is home to the Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark – a famous tea clipper ship from the 19th century. Enjoy fabulous views across the water of Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge and the Shard. 

Tour duration
3 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour: no transportation is included

Tickets included
No tickets required 

Other inclusions
- Gratuities ( Optional) 
- Food and Drinks ( Not included) 

Suitable for
Couples, Culture Vulture, Friends, History Buffs

Attractions along this route:

West India Dock
The West India Docks were once the largest dock in the world as the majority of the trade undertaken by the British Empire was handled through here.

Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf is nowadays the financial centre of London, but once docks for the trade of the vast British Empire which expanded across one-fifth of the world at one point in time.

It's a borough in London, on the banks of the River Thames, home to the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory and well known for its maritime history.

Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Crossrail Place Roof Garden it’s a beautiful little spot, where funky geometric windows offer great views back over Canary Wharf

Mudchute Park and Farm
Located in East London on the Ise of Dogs, the 30+ acre park includes farm animals and horses and is used for educational and communal purposes.

Jubilee Park
Opened more than twenty years ago as an urban park, it's located on top of the Canary Wharf tube station.
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