Virtual London tour: Canary Wharf and Limehouse

To book this tour please click here ( via the Eventbrite website)

Using google Earth images, photos and a real live tour guide, this is a virtual tour of the remarkable story of the rise, decline and rise once more of the area known as the Isle of Dogs.

So bring a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy it!

Canary Wharf is 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.”

For availability and to book this tour please click here (the link will take you to the Eventbrite website)

About this guided walk:

  • 1 hour long
  • You will need to have the Zoom app and will be emailed the password and meeting ID 24 hours in advance of the virtual tour
  • £7 per person (3.50 for NHS staff/ careworkers and pensioners)
  • Cancellation 24 hours in advance for full refund

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the qualifications of the tour guide?

Your tour guide is Loona Hazarika who has appeared on the Sky Atlantic TV series Urban Secrets and BBC TV’s Hairy Builder.

He holds an MA degree from the University of Cambridge gave official British Museum tours and has guided hundreds of people around his birthplace London.

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

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