Fifteen hardy World Traders recently journeyed into East London to meet for a guided walk, organised superbly by Jeremy Hargreaves – we were even fortunate enough to have good weather!
We began our walk at Westferry DLR station. Here, we learnt that the Limehouse area where the station is situated was once home to Chinatown between the years of 1880s to the 1960s – you can even see a couple of dragons which have survived the years.
Being close to the old docks we could still see examples of Sailor’s Missions, where sea-farers from all over the world were given food and shelter. We then passed a Sailor’s church that is regularly featured in the popular BBC television series, Call The Midwife.
Another interesting landmark was The Grapes, a pub owned by actor, Ian McKellen and a once-favourite of author, Charles Dickens.
The walk then took us along the Thames towards Canary Wharf. Here, we learnt about its remarkable journey from a derelict, run-down part of London to a modern, thriving region for businesses, entertainment and residents.
After a leisurely 90-minute stroll, we stopped at the Ledger Building pub for a welcome drink and dinner. The Port of London Authority kept a ledger of imported goods there up until the 1970s before it was converted into a public house.
A most enjoyable walk and memorable day. We would highly recommend our Blue Badge guide, Rhys Thomas who leads a number of guided walks.