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Maritime London: Attractions, Watersports, Walks and Tours

Maritime London Attractions

Cutty Sark
Board the last surviving sea clipper to learn of life at sea, above and below decks, on its tea/ wool routes between China, Australia and Britain
Open daily 10.00 – 17.00
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT
T. 020 8858 3445

Hay’s Galleria
Built in the 1850s, the original Hay's Wharf took deliveries from ships from all over the world. Nowadays, the huge glass and steel barrel-vaulted roof that covers the old dock provides a relaxing riverside setting for cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.
Open all year round
Hay’s Galleria, Tooley Street, London SE1
T. 020 7940 7770

HMS Belfast
Europe’s last surviving big gun armoured warship to have seen action in the Second World War is now permanently anchored in the Pool of London near Tower Bridge. Explore her nine decks, some of which are well below the Thames waterline.
Open daily 10.00 – 17.00 (until 18.00 during summer)
Morgan’s Lane, Tooley Street, London SE1 2JH
T. 020 7940 3600

Museum in Docklands
The new Museum in Docklands unlocks the story of London's river, port and people in a spectacular early 19th century warehouse at West India Quay. Encounter a wide array of people that have come and gone from the docks over the last 2000 years, from its Roman founders to Viking invaders and from gentleman pirates to today's
city workers. Also visit the interactive children's gallery 'Mudlarks'.
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00
No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, E14 4AL
T. 0870 444 3856

Museum of Garden History and its churchyard
Founded in 1977, the Museum of Garden History is the world’s first museum dedicated to the history and development of gardens and gardening. The mseum features a beautiful reproduction 17th century knot garden which is home to the last resting place of the Vice-Admiral William Bligh, captain of the ill-fated HMS Bounty
expedition, and the Tradescants, 17th century gardeners to royalty, who were famous for their botanical overseas adventures.
Open daily 10.50am – 5.00pm (until December 2004 – call for details)
Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB
T. 020 7401 8865

National Maritime Museum
Under an impressive glass roof, this modern museum takes a new view of Britain's proud association with the sea and seafarers, taking visitors from the times of Viking explorers to visions of the future; it uses art, sounds, models and modern technology to provide a worldview of maritime history.
Open daily 10.00 – 17.00 (until 18.00 in Summer)
Greenwich, SE10 9NF
T. 020 8312 6608

Old Royal Naval College Painted Hall and Chapel
Stroll round the grounds of the Royal Naval College and visit the magnificent Painted Hall and Chapel in the wonderful Wren and Vanbrugh architecture. The ornate Painted Hall, together with the neighbouring Chapel with its delicate designs and pastel colours, is a must.
Open daily 10.00 – 17.00 (Chapel open from 12.30 on Sundays)
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10
T. 020 8269 4791

Thames Barrier Park
The green symbol of East London’s regeneration. Located on the north bank of the Thames in Silvertown and the historic Royal Docks this contemporary urban space was designed & developed for the enjoyment of Newham residents and visitors. Featuring the Green Dock sunken garden, a 32 jet fountain plaza, Coffee Shop,
excellent Children’s Play Area and spectacular views across the Thames and the Flood Barrier.
Open daily dawn till dusk, free coach and car parking.
North Woolwich Road, London E16
T. 020 7511 4111

The Barge House at Oxo Tower Wharf
Enjoy a walk along the river by Oxo Tower Wharf at low tide and see if you can spot the wooden beams of the original boatyards of the Kings Barge House, from the days of King Henry V111.
The foreshore at Oxo Tower Wharf, Riverside Walk, SE1

Tower Bridge Exhibition
Inside the Tower Bridge Exhibition you will learn all about how the World’s most famous bridge works and the history behind its creation. Enjoy the stunning, panoramic views from the walkways situated 45 metres above the Thames and visit the original Victorian Engines.
Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP
T. 0207 940 3985

Trinity Buoy Wharf
An exceptional site with the perfect balance of historical buildings, new innovative spaces and a growing art community. Located on the North Bank of the River Thames, it was used in the 1800s for manufacturing buoys and docking lightships. It is now home to London’s only Lighthouse and Container City (studio spaces made
from converted shipping containers) and Fatboy’s Diner.
64 Orchard Place, London E14 OJW
T. 020 7515 7153

Walks & Tours

The Old Port of London Tour
Starting in the Pool of London, walk through Hay's Galleria, renovated from Hay's Wharf, an original docking quay and where cold storage originated, reinforcing the area’s reputation as London’s Larder. Next walk along the river walkway past the HMS Belfast, the Greater London Authority building, under Tower Bridge and through to Butlers Wharf, once one of the busiest docks in London, receiving cargoes of tea, coffee and spices. As a reminder of this you will find places such as Cinnamon Wharf and Cayenne Court. The renovated warehouses still retain the character of the old days when the aerial walkways were used to move cargoes from the River to the warehouses.

Crossing over Tower Bridge and into St Katharine Docks, you will find information panels around the docks with details of the area’s history. Hop aboard the Docklands Light Railway at Tower Gateway, destination West India Quay, where you will discover a whole museum dedicated to the Docklands area. The Museum in Docklands tells the story of London’s port, river and people from the Roman settlers to today’s modern developments. Take this opportunity to experience the drastic changes which have turned the disused docks and canal basins into the new highflying financial district and shopping paradise that is Canary Wharf.

Maritime & Military Connections
Hop aboard the HMS Belfast to start your watery adventure, then enjoy a cruise down the Thames to Maritime Greenwich (City Cruises at Tower Pier - north side of river). Discuss your morning voyages over lunch in the Trafalgar Tavern, which overhangs the Thames. You have then many options, but keeping with the nautical and military theme, complete the day at the National Maritime Museum or the Cutty Sark or take a bus to Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum.

Riverside Pubs Tour
Starting at St Katharine Docks, walk along Wapping High Street and Wapping Wall, visiting the many watering holes along the way, including the Captain Kidd, The Prospect of Whitby and the Town of Ramsgate. You can either hop onto the DLR at Shadwell DLR (shorter tour) or at Westferry DLR (longer tour including many more historic pubs at Limehouse) and, whilst admiring the views of the Docklands and Canary Wharf, make your way to Greenwich (Cutty Sark DLR). After lunch, take in some of Greenwich’s hidden gems: the unique Fan Museum, followed by a look around the new Wernher Collection at the Rangers House or discover the delights of The Chapel and Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College.

The Thames Path
The Thames Path runs on both sides of the river through East London starting from London Bridge. The north path ends at Island Gardens, while the south path is longer and reaches Woolwich and the Thames Barrier. Both are well signposted but occasionally leave the riverside to meander through the backstreets.
T. 01865 810224

City Cruises River Tour
With a River Red Rover ticket that lasts all day, you can travel on board the luxury fleet of river liners and hop on and off the boat at four points – Waterloo (London Eye), Westminster Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich. Special reductions for family and group tickets. Children 5 – 16 years of age half price.
Tel. 020 7740 0400

Guided tours of the area
Many accredited Blue Badge Guides offer tours of the New London area with special maritime themes. Visit the website to look for a guide that meets your interests.


Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre
Dinghy sailing, canoeing, dragonboat racing and rowing. Clubhouse with bar and meeting room.
Open daily 10.00 to 16.00 (until 18.00 in Summer)
235a Westferry Road, Millwall Docks, E14
T.020 7537 2626

Docklands Watersports Club
Vessels hold up to 200 people, with bar and food.
Open Weds-Sun from 10.00
King George V Dock, Manor Way, N’th Woolwich E16
T. 020 7511 7000

Royal Docks Water-Ski Club
The only water-ski club within London. Courses available to suit all levels. Clubhouse
with bar and shop.
King George V Dock, E16
T. 020 7511 2000

Royal Victoria Watersports Centre
Sailing, power boating, rowing and canoeing.
Royal Victoria Dock, Gate 5, Tidal Basin Road, E16
Tel: 020 7511 2326

London Regatta Centre
This new facility houses an Olympic sized rowing course, gymnasium, indoor rowing tank and restaurant.
Open daily.
Dockside Road, E16
Tel: 020 7511 2211

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