Within the Docklands in the East of London you can find the shiny modern city quarter Canary Wharf, named like this because it was once used for trading with the Canary Islands. On the Isle of Dogs surrounded by river Thames you can find some of the highest towers of the United Kingdom. Many banks are now settled here, making the area a rival to the historic financial center at the City of London.
From the 1960s on the area lost its importance for trading goods and the docks closed within twenty years. Since then an impressive development happened, orchestrated by the government. Today the area is owned by Qatar and a Canadian real estate company. I came here for the winter lights, a festival bringing many light installations to the area. But you can also enjoy time along the water, visit the roof garden or go shopping at the Canada square – more than 200 stores can be found in the area. Canary Wharf is well-connected via the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), the Jubilee Line and the new Elizabeth Line.