Docklands

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E14

Location

The E14 area can also be referred to as, or includes: Canary Wharf, Docklands, Tower Hamlets, Limehouse, Poplar, Westferry, Millwall, Cubitt Town, Canning Town, Blackwall, West India Quay, Heron Quay, South Quay, Crossharbour, Mudchute, Island Gardens.

To the east, south and west, E14 is demarcated by the River Thames. To the north, the cut off points are The Highway, Bow Common and the Thames Barrier. E14 is located in southeast London and can be easily reached via the Underground on the Jubilee Line. The Docklands Light Railway runs throughout the area and has links with the tube.

There are numerous theories about how the Isle of Dogs earned its name. Some say it is from the time when Henry VIII kept his dogs on the island, others say it is a corruption of Isle of Ducks, or Isle of Docks.

The E14 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: All Saints Station, Blackwall and Cubitt Town, Blackwall Station, Canary Wharf Station, Chanary Wharf Station, Crossharbour & London Arena Station, East India and Lansbury, East India Station, Heron Quays Station, Island Gardens Station, Limehouse, Limehouse Station, London, Mile End East, Millwall, Mudchute Station, Poplar Station, Shadwell, South Quay Station, St Dunstan's and Stepney Green, Tower Hamlets, West India Quay Station, Westferry Station.

History

The Isle of Dogs has had a lifetime of ups and downs. Being surrounded by water, it is naturally marshland, and over the last millennium there have been several episodes of draining the area. The first occurred in the thirteenth century, then the area was barely populated, and known as Stepney Marsh. However, in 1488, the Thames broke its bank, and the area returned to its natural marshy state.

After this period it is rumoured that the Isle of Dogs was simply left as it was, and used as land for the royal dogs to be kept on, when the royal palace was located just on the opposite side of the River Thames in Greenwich.

In the seventeenth century the Isle of Dogs began to take shape as the habitable, economically viable area that it is today. Prior to this, the only recorded buildings in the area were a chapel, and the Ferry House Public House, on the same site as today’s Ferry House Pub, serving those using the nearby ferry crossing to reach Greenwich. Records begin to appear naming the area as Isle of Dogs and the Blackwall Levels. At this time, Dutch engineers successfully drained the area for a second time. One road, known as Ferry Road, was built, running north to south down the length of the island and the rest of the area was used for cattle grazing. To the south of Poplar high street was an area known as the killing fields, where cattle was slaughtered before market, and the area to the west became known as Millwall, due to the number of windmills situated along the flood defence.

In the nineteenth century, the Isle of Dogs flourished economically. Being surrounded on three sides by the River Thames meant it was an ideal port for goods entering into the City of London. West India Dock was the first to open in 1802. Following that, the East India Dock opened in 1806, followed by Millwall Dock in 1868.

In 1909, the London Port Authority made the isle an island, by linking the docks with canals and therefore surrounding the area on all four sides, and the workforce and population grew. In 1901 the docks had a booming economy and a population of 21,000 people. However, as a trade centre, the Isle of Dogs became an important target in World War II and suffered much damage, whilst being unable to keep up with new shipping and storage methods. This led the area into a period of decline.

In March 1970, the inhabitants of the Isle of Dogs declared the area an independent republic, electing themselves a president, Ted Johns. Plans for the revival of the area and to combat social deprivation were proposed by both Labour and Conservative governments, however, in the 1981 the London Docklands Development Committee was established. The LDDC are responsible for the Docklands Light Railway, the Jubilee Line Extension, and of course, One Canada Square (also known as Canary Wharf Tower) and much of the housing and office space surrounding Canada Square.

Present Day

The Isle of Dogs now centres around Canary Wharf (Canary Wharf refers to the both the tower, the tube station, and the offices in its immediate vicinity). Canary Wharf is London’s financial district. Businesses located in Canary Wharf include: Citibank, Credit Suisse, Barclays Bank and HSBC. Businesses from other industries, such as BP and Reuters, have also located in the area, but it is still dominated by the financial sector. This means that a significant proportion of the residents of E14 work in the financial sector, and earn high wages. It also means that the types of property here are predominantly new properties (built after the regeneration in 1981) designed for young executives rather than families.

The most southerly area of the Isle of Dogs is Island Gardens which includes the area to the southwest of the island as well. It has the lowest concentration of newly built property, and a higher concentration of council properties. This area at the south of the Isle of Dogs has a park by the entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, south of Saunders Ness Road, and several open park spaces adjacent to Stebondale Street and East Ferry Road.

Most of the people living in E14 are highly educated, young persons that are either single or do not have large families. Not surprisingly, detached housing makes up only one percent of the housing in the area. The postcode is densely populated and housing consists mostly of flats.

Amenities

Schools include Lansbury Lawrence Primary School on Cordelia Street and George Green’s School on Manchester Road for secondary education. Tower Hamlets College is on Poplar High Street. The Canary Wharf Shopping Centre has over 200 places to eat, drink and shop spread across three mostly underground arcades.

The Museum in Docklands takes visitors through the history of the area. Early birds get the best seafood before 8 a.m. at Billingsgate Fish Market on Trafalgar Way.

Area Guides

Limehouse

The area went through its most significant period of development in the late nineties, and is still being developed now, with the recent appearance of gated complexes such as Victory Place. These new build blocks will often be approximately five stories high, and comprise of a number of one to three bed apartments, often with balconies and roof terraces, a concierge and communal gym.

The second significant residential area of Limehouse is Narrow Street (linked to the marina via Northey Street, Horseferry Street and Spert Street). Narrow Street runs from the meeting of The Highway and the Limehouse Link, merging into the Limehouse Causeway as it crosses Colt Street. Narrow Street runs parallel to the Thames, and as such the housing stock here is dominated by fashionable warehouse conversions, such as Duke Shore Wharf, Molines Wharf, Victoria Wharf, Chinnocks Wharf, Paper Mill Wharf and Dunbar Wharf. Historically, the area around Narrow Street and the Limehouse Basin would have been a busy trading area. Some older buildings are set back from the river, set around what is now known as Commercial Road. For example, St. Annes church, build by Nicholas Hawksmoor can be found here, as can Limehouse Town Hall and Library (both listed buildings). Narrow Street itself has a number of riverside pubs, such as The Grapes, however, the most famous is fast becoming the The Narrow, which is owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.

Westferry Area Guides

Westferry is an area that has become recently defined by the installation/establishment of the Docklands Light Railway station in 1987, which is situated at the junction of Westferry Road, West India Dock Road, and Limehouse Link. There is a wide variety of property types around Westferry, with a high concentration of Council-built property. Garford Street has a number of period houses from the height of the docks economy, whilst Campden Crescent consists of new build family homes. Because of its proximity to Canary Wharf, residential/work units are also appearing within easy walking distance of the many transport links.

West India Quay Area Guides

The area of West India is not predominantly a residential area, however, it does house the exclusive address of No. 1, West India Quay. No. 1 West India Quay is 33 stories high. The first 12 floors comprise a hotel, whilst the higher levels house 158 apartments. West India Quay has a number of bars and restaurants which serve the employees of the nearby Canary Wharf Office Complex.

Canary Wharf and Heron Quays Area Guides

Canary Wharf is the financial centre of London, and the business centre of the Isle of Dogs. It is served by Canary Wharf Tube Station (Jubilee Line) which is located on Upper Bank Street. It also has Canary Wharf DLR Station, which is located in the Cabot Place shopping centre. The Ontario Tower near to Canary Wharf is one of the tallest residential buildings in London. It is soon to be joined by the Pan Peninsula tower with construction expected to be completed in Spring 2009.

South Quay and Crossharbour Area Guides

South Quay accounts for the area south of Marsh Wall. Marsh Wall marks a transitional area with the land use changing from office space to residential. The area to the southeast of Marsh Wall and South Quay DLR station, and to the east of Millwall Inner Dock, is the most residential area, particularly around streets such as Alpha Grove, Millharbour, Mellish Street and Tiler Road. The type of property that dominates the interior of the island is generally much older than that on the outskirts, overlooking the Thames, particularly off of the main streets of Manchester Road and Westferry Road. Westferry Road is dominated by modern apartment blocks which are inhabited by the Canary Wharf banking population, the interior of the island has retained more of the character of the earlier days of the docks, and as a result has some period properties. Crossharbour refers to the area from Eastferry Road to the River Thames, and thus includes roads such as Glengall Grove and Launch Street. The same rule applies here, that the streets on the interior (between Eastferry Road and Manchester Road) such as Plevna Road and Eastferry Road have some period property, whereas those streets closer to the river itself, such as Amsterdam Road, are dominated by property built after the success of Canary Wharf’s Regeneration.

Mudchute and Island Gardens Area Guides

Mudchute is the area south of Millwall Outer Dock, and west of Eastferry Road. It was one of the first areas of the island to be occupied, as the original ferry crossing over to Greenwich was located here, off Ferry Street, and the pub that once served those using the ferry is still open today. The area around Eastferry Road and Thermopylae Gate have the highest concentration of period property, whereas property around Spindrift Avenue and Westferry Road are, as is the theme with the Isle of Dogs, a product of the high demand for housing created by Canary Wharf. As with much of the newly built property in this area, many of the apartments have balconies overlooking the Thames, whilst some properties along Falcon Way and Whiteadder Way have gardens. Butlers Wharf, a converted warehouse, has communal gardens. Mudchute is also home to Mudchute City Farm.


E16

Location

To both its east and its south, E16 is bordered by the Thames. The lower part of the western boundary is also made up by the Thames, before it approximately follows Manor Road north. To the north-west, E16 extends as far as Hermit Road and Grange Road. Its northern boundary is New Barn Street and Newham Way, before it joins Prince Regent Lane and then Royal Albert Way.

The E16 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Beckton, Canning Town, Canning Town North, Canning Town South, Canning Town Station, Custom House, Custom House Station, Limehouse, London, Newham, North Woolwich Station, Plaistow, Plaistow South, Prince Regent Station, Royal Albert Station, Royal Docks, Royal Victoria Dock, Royal Victoria Station, Silvertown & City Airport Station, Whitechapel.

History

The area covered by E16, particularly Canning Town, remained largely uninhabited until the nineteenth century. However, as with many of London’s suburbs, industrialisation and the coming of the railways signified a complete change of character for the area of E16. A number of factories were established along the banks of the River Lea, taking advantage of relaxed planning laws in the area and the new transport links. Workers migrated to the area and the population grew. The area was, however, known for housing rather unpleasant and unhealthy industries, such as making varnish and caustic soda.

Present Day

The area around Canning Town has not yet experienced the private investment and gentrification experienced by much of the rest of the docklands area, particularly that around Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs. However, it is included in the Thames Gateway area, and as a result is due to undergo a significant amount of regeneration and development, including 500,000 metres of new floor space in the town centre, improvements to services and facilities such as schools, a library and a health centre and the building of 8,000 new homes (to replace 1,650 being demolished).

There has been some private development in the area already, particularly in the form of exclusive riverside developments. These are also the most expensive in many cases. For example, a three bed penthouse apartment in Wards Wharf Approach, with a roof terrace, may cost up to £1.5 million, whilst the newly built W Warehouse has apartments priced from £1.1 million. Barrier Point Road, Armada Way and Western Gateway also have some desirable modern apartments. These apartments are popular amongst young executives, such as those working in Canary Wharf.

Those looking for a family home, may choose to search around Bargehouse Road, where there are some terraced homes with gardens. Other family accommodation options are available further inland, particularly in the patch of E16 surrounding Newham Way.

Addington Road and Varley Road both have period terraced homes, with four bedrooms, that reach asking prices of between £250,000 and £350,000. Fulmer Road, located further west, has a number of more recently built semi-detached properties for asking prices of around £300,000.

Amenities

There are a number of public transport options in E16, with many bus services, railway stations, underground stations and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) stops. Prince Regent DLR station can be found on Victoria Dock Road, and is in Travelcard Zone 3, on the Beckton branch. It also has an adjoining bus station. Custom House DLR station and Royal Victoria DLR station are also located on Victoria Dock Road. The nearest underground is Canning Town on Silvertown Way. The station operates on the Jubilee line, as well as on the DLR, and is in Zone 3. For those travelling further afield, London City Airport can be reached via London City Airport DLR.

There are a number of green spaces in E16, perfect for relaxing or playing sports. Canning Town Recreation Ground can be found on Newham Way. As well as boasting a tennis court, a football pitch and a games court, the park also has flower beds and a children’s play area. Keir Hardie Recreation Ground, is a similar park with a football pitch, and can be found on Tarling Road. Lyle Park on Bradfield Road also has sporting facilities, including tennis and basketball courts and a football pitch. Star Park on Star Lane has a football pitch. Another green space is Royal Victoria Gardens, located on Pier Road, (off Albert Road). It offers a range of amenities to suit all types of visitor. Sporting facilities include a bowling green and a tennis court. There is also a café, a paddling pool and public toilets. Cundy Road Open Space on Victoria Dock Road offers a nature area and a pond, making it an ideal place to spot wildlife. Another park is the King George V Park, which is located on King George Avenue.

Nearby is Newham City Farm, which gives Londoners the chance to experience rural life and practices. This farm focuses on raising rare breeds and unusual animals, such as llamas and wallabies.

The Museum of Culinary History and Alimentation on Malmesbury Terrace, offers a range of information for those interested in cuisine from around the world. The museum is divided into sections, each of which focuses on a particular area of the world. ExCel London Exhibition Centre can be found on Royal Victoria Dock.

SE1

Location

From east to west, SE1 includes parts of Bermondsey, Borough, London Bridge, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo and Lambeth. Its northern boundary is the River Thames, and it includes Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge. It is split into the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

The SE1 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bishop's, Borough Station, Cathedrals, Chaucer, East Walworth, Elephant & Castle Station, Grange, Lambeth, Lambeth North Station, Livesey, London, London Bridge Station, Newington, Prince's, Riverside, South Bermondsey, Southwark, Southwark Station, Waterloo East Station, Waterloo Station.

History

The Bankside area of SE1 covers parts such as Southwark and Lambeth. The word ‘Lambeth’ originates from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Lambhythe’ which means ‘muddy harbour’, or ‘marsh’. Because of this, the south bank was developed long after the north bank, not showing any signs of significant urbanisation until the eighteenth century. It was then that the south bank began to develop as an artistic centre. Without the restrictions of space, censorship and licensing of the north bank, many theatres and music halls appeared.

The River Thames provided a major power resource and the marshes provided fresh water. This meant that the area also became a popular industrial area, and because of the new employment opportunities in industries such as coal wharves, timber yards and clothes bleaching, the south bank experienced a population explosion. What was once a quiet area made up of a number of rural, agriculture based hamlets, became a busy and popular industrial centre. As with much of the south bank, it was the introduction of the railway in the mid-nineteenth century that had the most sudden and significant impact on the area. The industrial and important infrastructure that made up the south bank made it a target in the Second World War. The loss of buildings and industry meant that the population explosion of the Victorian era was reversed. The 1970s residential population dropped dramatically from 50,000 to 4,000. However, since then, the area has received a large amount of attention and funding to aid regeneration and redevelopment. As a result, the river front is now an eclectic mix of converted Victorian wharves, post-war public buildings (such as the Royal Festival Hall) and modern architectural offerings, such as City Hall.

Present Day

Given the proximity of SE1 to the river, the City and all variety of cultural and recreational opportunities of Bankside, it is unsurprising that this is an extremely popular and fashionable area in which to live. There is a range of property types and styles to suit everyone.

Along the river front are a number of luxury executive apartments, many of which are conversion apartments such as the extremely popular Burrells Wharf, one of the larger wharf developments located at the Tower Bridge Road side of the postcode district. Clink Wharf on Clink Street is also a popular development, where properties reach around three million pounds for a three bedroom flat with balcony. There is also a significant amount of new development, such as that along Long Lane, to the eastern side of the postcode district, near to Borough tube station.

Also to the east is Bermondsey. Bermondsey receives less attention than the property market around London Bridge, and prices are more affordable as a result. Moving south towards Elephant and Castle, prices become even more affordable. The areas around Newington Causeway and Kennington Park Road have a higher proportion of council property, mostly in the form of low-rise red brick blocks, such as Whitworth House on Falmouth Road. However, Elephant and Castle, particularly the Old Kent Road, is undoubtedly one of the most affordable areas in Zone 1. Property on the Old Kent Road tends to come in the form of period property, much of which is located above retail premises in the form of one or two bed flats. There are however, some terraced and semi-detached properties.

Also located in the area of Borough, is the highly desirable Trinity Church Square, said to be one of the best preserved squares of Georgian townhouses in London. Although the majority of these large terraced properties have now been converted into flats, some remain in their original terraced form (one of which sold in July 2002 for £820,000). Further west towards the tube stations of Waterloo and Lambeth North, the housing stock is much the same, with an eclectic mix of old and new, flats and houses.

Westminster Bridge Road houses a number of executive apartment buildings, with flats in 100 The Perspective costing into the millions. The Albert Embankment is similarly popular, though slightly more affordable. For even more affordable properties, there is a large concentration of ex-local authority property in the area, such as Greet House on Frazier Street.

Amenities

Places of interest in SE1 include the Tate Modern, which houses international modern and contemporary art. It was converted into a striking gallery from a disused power station that closed in 1982. The building was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

The Globe Theatre is another place of interest. It is a reconstruction of the original open-air playhouse, in which Shakespeare acted and wrote some of his plays. The original was situated just off Park Street and was destroyed in a fire on June 29th 1631. Although it was rebuilt in June 1614, it closed again in 1642. The season now runs from April to October.

As well as The Globe Theatre, there are a number of other big name theatres, including The Old Vic (on The Cut), and The National Theatre (on the South Bank). City Hall is another attraction worth a visit.

SE1 is also the location of the London Eye and the Royal Festival Hall, which is now part of the South Bank Centre. HMS Belfast is moored in between Tower Bridge and London Bridge. Kings College London also has a campus in this area.

SE16

Location

To the north and the east, SE16 is bound by the Thames. To the south it is bound by Plough Road, before following Rotherhithe New Road as far as the Old Kent Road. It then follows St. James Road north, where it meets Southwark Park Road and heads west, before following Alscot Road and Neckinger Road north. Here it meets Abbey Street and heads up to the Thames, staying to the east of Tower Bridge Road. The area includes Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Canada Water and Surrey Quays.

The SE16 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bermondsey Station, Canada Water Station, Evelyn, Grange, Lewisham, Livesey, London, New Cross, Riverside, Rotherhithe, Rotherhithe Station, South Bermondsey, South Bermondsey Station, Southwark, Surrey Docks, Surrey Quays Station.

History

A thousand years ago, Bermondsey would have been riverside marshland. The first development appeared in the eleventh century and was Bermondsey Abbey. The area grew naturally, though it suffered during the Great Fire of London, after which it became popular with the richer upper classes. Samuel Pepys records in his diary in 1664 that he enjoyed a day at Cherry Gardens Pier. This reputation as a pleasant garden suburb was enhanced in the 1700s by the discovery of a spring. Bermondsey then became a spa.

However, by the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria, the arrival of industry and the growth of the docks had led to parts of Bermondsey becoming slums. Around the time of the industrial revolution, Bermondsey experienced a significant amount of development and attracted more industry to the area. Nearby Rotherhithe developed as a port in the twelfth century and was the port from which the Mayflower departed when it transported the Pilgrim Fathers to America in 1620. It became a prominent shipyard in Elizabethan times.

The Docks around what is now known as Surrey Quays and Canada Water were originally working docks, used for a variety of purposes. Up until the twentieth century, the area was made up of a network of over 15 docks. Greenland Dock is the oldest of the docks, and was built in 1698, by the Russell Family. The dock later became used by fishermen from the North Atlantic, hence its name. Whaling Ships unloaded at Greenland Dock and the blubber was boiled to produce oil. Later on, in the nineteenth century, it became associated specifically with Swedish timber.

Present Day

As with many of the other formerly industrial sites near the river (such as Battersea), the housing stock in SE16 can be divided into two main categories. The first is the family housing, which is set back from the river and is located in the more central, inland parts of the postcode district. Some of this is period, however, because the area was badly damaged during the Second World War and because of the major redevelopment that took place in the last two decades of the twentieth century, very little of this survives. The second main type of housing around Rotherhithe is the modern apartment blocks along the river front, or the modern conversions of former wharfs. Both types are popular amongst young professionals working in Canary Wharf or the city.

Hays Court, a converted warehouse on Rotherhithe Street, provides some of the most sought after riverside apartments in the area. A two-bed, top floor apartment with a balcony overlooking the Thames would reach an asking price of approximately £1.25 million pounds. Rotherhithe Street runs all the way around the northern edge of the postcode district, parallel to the Thames, and as such is the location of most of the modern riverside apartments and wharf conversions. Some flats on the eastern side of the postcode district are slightly less expensive, such as those in New Caledonian Wharf on Odessa Street, where a three bed flat would reach an asking price of less than £750,000. Other popular wharves in the area include Canada Wharf, Ivory Wharf and Iceland Wharf.

There are some houses along the riverfront, as well as flats. Princes Riverside Road comprises a terraced row of three storey, four bed townhouses, with a garage on the ground floor. Regardless of your location, whether you are looking to rent or to buy, you will pay a premium to have views over the Thames. Generally speaking, properties with balconies will be more expensive than properties without, while properties with roof terraces will be more expensive than properties with balconies. This also means that properties inland will be more affordable for those on a tighter budget.

Surrey Quays takes its name from the Surrey Commercial Docks that stood on the site. The name was changed from Surrey Docks to Surrey Quays in 1980, when the area was regenerated and redeveloped. This included not only the 5,500 new homes that were built, but the docks themselves, which were transformed from former industrial sites to a marina and water sports centre (South Dock and Greenland Dock). Surrey Quays shopping centre opened in 1988. At the same time, nearby Canada Water underwent redevelopment, with the dock itself now a wildlife centre. The whole area around Rotherhithe, including Bermondsey, Canada Water and Surrey Quays grew in popularity following the introduction of the Jubilee Line extension in 1999. However, whilst Bermondsey and Rotherhithe are benefiting more directly from the next-to effect, being closer to Southbank, Canada Water and Surrey Quays are taking a little longer to catch up as fashionable areas to live.

The postcode district SE16 has a number of high rise blocks, some of which were formerly council owned. A one bed flat in Landmann House on the Rennie Estate would demand an asking price of approximately £150,000. A two bed flat in Addy House on Rotherhithe New Road would demand a similar price. A one bed flat in the lower rise block (approximately seven stories) on Raymouth Road, would cost slightly more at approximately £160,000. For a larger family, a three bedroom ex-local authority flat on the Irwell Estate on Neptune Street, would demand an asking price of around £230,000 GBP.

On the interior of the island there are a number of more family orientated properties. A three bed house in Gerards Close or Culloden Close, both near the Old Kent Road end of Rotherhithe New Road, would cost around £330,000, whilst a three bed town house, with garage on the ground floor, located on Brunswick Quay would cost slightly more at approximately £445,000.

Amenities

Public transport in the area is good, with a number of bus routes and nearby underground stations including Bermondsey tube on Jamaica Road and Canada Water tube on Deal Porter Way. Both stations are in zone 2 and run on the Jubilee line. Although there are two other underground stations in the postcode (Surrey Quays tube on Lower Road and Rotherhithe tube on Brunel Road) are currently closed and will reopen in June 2010 to become part of the new London Overground system.

Shopping facilities in the area are good, with Surrey Quays Shopping Centre on Redriff Road which boasts a number of high street stores, outlets and a supermarket, as well as a large selection of bars and restaurants.

Southwark Park on Jamaica Road is the largest open green space in the area and is highly popular with locals and visitors alike. It is a perfect space to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby streets. Dilston Grove is a particularly beautiful spot in the park, which has been mentioned in several pieces of literature as a place of tranquility. Another attraction to the park is Cafe Gallery, which hosts art displays as well as serving refreshments. Towards the north of the park, there is a bandstand, which is used for free concerts, predominantly in the summer months. Another attraction to the park is Cafe Gallery, which hosts art displays as well as serving refreshments. Other local parks and green spaces include Cherry Gardens, which is also on Jamaica Road and Stave Hill Ecological Park, which can be accessed from Timber Pond Road. The park consists of 5.2 acres of woodland, scrub, grassland and wetland habitats and is open to the public. It houses a range of wildlife species and was built on the site of the former Surrey Commercial Dock. A similar park can be found on Lavender Road, in the form of Lavender Pond Nature Reserve, which is also brimming with wildlife and nature. Close by is Lavender Pond Pumphouse and its adjoining museum. For those interested in the history of the area, Lavender Dock Walk is an excellent choice, which leads past some of the significant historic buildings and moorings. Rotherhithe Thames Path is another walk which spans around the historic Rotherhithe village, with a number of beautiful views and impressive buildings.

Entertainment facilities in the area include Hollywood Bowling Centre on Teredo Street, which also hosts electronic games, a bar and a café. Lending services are available at Rotherhithe Library on Albion Street and Millwall FC is also based in the area. Coleman Projects Space on Webster Road, which is a gallery and an art centre and prides itself on its wide range of exhibitions and shows. Alternatively, 100 Black Men of London on Rope Street is an interesting museum, dedicated to the history of the black London community. An alternative museum in the area is the Brunel Engine House on Railway Avenue, which focuses on two of the great designers: Marc Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed an engine which enabled the first tunnel to run below the Thames.

Rotherhithe Tunnel runs between Rotherhithe and Limehouse Docklands and was opened in 1908.