Canary Wharf and Limehouse

Guided walk of Canary Wharf and Limehouse

This is the remarkable story of the rise, decline and rise once more of the area known as the Isle of Dogs.

It’s not just about huge office buildings, it’s a lot lot more. Hear about a proud local community (who once declared their own independent country), of bustling docks filled with rum and sugar, of pirates, of executions, of the courage of digging the world‘s first under-river tunnel, of London’s first Chinese community, Chinatown, of early canal networks … most of all, it is the story of resilience.

What people have said about this tour:

Super tour!  Really enjoyed it though.  The most fun lunchtime I’ve had in ages.  No question.  Really interesting. Love the stories about the tunnels and Pirate Kid on the gibbet for 3 months was it?   And why Handel’s Water Music is always played loud.  And how Brunel the Elder learned how to tunnel by watching wood worms.  And ‘You do know where the Canary Islands get their name don’t you? ;). Brilliant. :)”

“Just wanted to say thank you for the tour yesterday, it was great- educational yet interesting! I didn’t know Canary wharf had such an important history. We were certainly lucky with the weather!”

“I have lived in Canary Wharf for 2 years, but learnt a lot more about the place in the 2 hours of the tour. The guide was absolutely brilliant with the history and the stories, the way he engaged the group and the impromptu fun that brought people together. Cannot wait for the next one now!”

“A truly enjoyable experience with a knowledgeable guide.  The experience was full of useful historical information as well.”

About this guided walk:

  • 1.5 hours
  • Starts at Canary Wharf Underground Station and ends at Lime House Station
  • £12 per person
  • Instant confirmation
  • Printed or mobile voucher accepted
  • Cancellation 24 hours in advance for full refund


Tour guide only.

You’ll be in a small group (maximum 12), a better more intimate experience.

Meeting point: 

Canary Wharf underground station (outside the exit to the station in Jubilee Plaza). Full joining instructions will be given on your confirmation email when you book.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What’s the refund policy?

You will get a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hours before.

What are the qualifications of the tour guide?

Your tour guide is Loona Hazarika who was trained by the British Museum and gave the official tours of the Japanese and Assyrian galleries at the museum from 2006 to 2010. He has guided hundreds of people around his birthplace London and has appeared on the TV series Urban Secrets and BBC TV’s Hairy Builder. He holds an MA degree from the University of Cambridge.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. You can also bring it digitally.

I am a non native English speaker. Is this OK?

Yes it is. Your tour guide is trained by the British Museum so is used to guiding tourists from abroad.

What happens if it rains?

The tour will still go ahead. Please bring an umbrella.

How far will we walk?

1.5 miles at a relaxed pace. Please wear comfortable shoes.