I just rode down to Canary Wharf, London. It wasn't that bad. / by Tom Oliver Payne


Located in the Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf is now one of the largest financial centres in the world. Following years of political debate and local opposition, the initial masterplan was approved in the early 1990s, and a series of development stages have followed, creating a total of 400,000 m2 floor space.

The site has been highly criticised on a number of fronts; sterility, lacking cohesion with London and having been developed with too much public investment from the public sector.

But is it still too soon to judge?

Like most master plans, Canary Wharf has had teething issues (it isn't exactly the most people-friendly environment). But given the current economic climate, hind-site may shine a more positive light on the place that has given office space in London a place to breathe.

And besides all of that, I thought the tall towers looked pretty cool, so I took some photos!...