London’s second ‘City’ is a monument to finance and regeneration
If the City of London secures London’s status as the world’s financial centre*, then Canary Wharf is one of the engine rooms that helps drive it. Unique as being the only neighbourhood in the capital where no building is over 30 years old, Canary Wharf was once the biggest construction site in Europe and today exists as a visionary prototype of modern and future London. It also offers a totemic example of urban regeneration on an unprecedented scale and has attracted some of the most celebrated architects in the world. With the free market redevelopment ideology used to rescue it from chronic post-industrial decline in the 1980s and reconfigure it – not without criticism - as a mono-cultural financial hub, the district’s skyscrapers and grid street pattern speak as much of an American downtown as they do a British town centre. But they exist amongst the extraordinary rebirth of the wider Docklands area, an ambitious and ongoing transformation of what was once the largest docks in the world into a unique, 21st century city on water.
* Global Financial Centres Index 2017
Canary Wharf Tower
Canary Wharf tube stations
WALK START LOCATION: Canary Wharf tube station (Main / West Exit) / Map
WALK ENDS: Westferry Circus