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West India Docks

West India Docks - or Canary Wharf as you may know it - is now home to some of the world's largest banks and hi-tech businesses. Yet once, London was once the busiest port in the world.

West India Docks were the first purpose-built docks to be built there. Closed in 1980, the old docks were regenerated into the shops, restaurants and of course, Canary Wharf. This regeneration continues today with luxury apartments and hotels.

The docks still play a major role as moorings for barges and leisure river craft, and a through route for experienced canal and river navigators entering the Thames.

Things to see and do

Planning your visit

  • Address

    West India Docks, Lawn House Close, E14 9YQ

  • Prices

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

  • Toilets

    Toilet are available in the nearby shopping centre

Wildlife spotting:

Cormorants are daily visitors here standing on the dock walls holding their wings out to dry or diving to the bottom in search of fish. Coots are one of the most adaptable of water birds using any bit of old floating debris as a nest site. On the dockside look out for tiny pied wagtails using their long wagging tails to help them skip and jump after flying insects.

A happy and healthy common grey seal has been spotted a number of times swimming around the quay enjoying the cast-offs from Billingsgate fish market!

Getting here

  • By car

    There are public pay & display car parks at Canary Wharf, Jubilee Place, Bank Street

  • By train

    Docklands Light Railway has stops at South Quay, Heron Quays and Canary Wharf itself

  • By boat

    West India Dock lock is one of four locks from our waterways onto the River Thames. See below for more information

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