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Most people, including me, thought that St. Katharine docks were among the oldest of London?s old harbour. But they were just opened in 1828, at a place which was formerly occupied by the hospital of St. Katharine?s by the tower. Unfortunately, the docks weren?t able to cope with big ships from the first day on. At least, it was used frequently by smaller ones, but that meant that it was of no commercial importance. During WWII, it was one of the areas with the worst damage after german bombings. This, the limited capacity and the location close to the city led to the docks not being rebuilt as part of the harbour although it was in limited use until 1968. City redevelopment plans in the following decades made an upper-class living area with marinas out of what was once a shabby dockyard.
If you visit the Tower of London or Tower Bridge, a short detour around the docks is a good idea. And if you can afford it, why don?t sit down for a coffee or a pint of ale and relax while you watch what has become of a former harbour.
Address: 50 St, Katharine's Way, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 1LA
Directions: From Tower Bridge tube station, follow the passageway leading under Tower Bridge downstream.
Phone: +44 20 7264 5312
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