Westferry Docklands Light Railway (DLR), by Cycle Hire Point | Map

Guided by Canal Guides

Short version. Exactly what (and where) it says on the tin. This one is the latest of the London's water courses walks created and guided by the IWA (Inland Waterways Association) and Regent's Canal Walks team (Roger and his merry band of IWA members).

Long version. Limehouse. The history astonishes. So does the place today. Part gentrified, part solidly working-class. Forms the north-western gateway to the Isle of Dogs. Takes its name from the limekilns that operated from the mid-14th century, converting Kentish chalk into quicklime for the capital's building industry. From the 16th century ships were built at Limehouse and traders supplied provisions for voyages. Wealthy merchants erected fine houses on Narrow Street, especially in the early 18th century. The church is one of Hawksmoor's greatest achievement. There's London's oldest canal. London's first Chinatown – it gained a reputation for gambling and opium-smoking. (Limehouse was the backdrop for the Dr Fu Manchu films.} The heart of old Limehouse survived the post-war redevelopment that transformed so much of the East End. The historical pickings don't come much richer than at Limehouse. The very name used to be a verb meaning "to make fiery political speeches." And the Thames? Just this: the walk will make you see – and appreciate and understand – the river anew. See it and its corsetry literally and figuratively: its history, its characteristics, the intimate – and unique – connection between city and river. And Docklands? Well, put it this way, the former ports of London are an evolving new world. Spectacularly so. Anything else? Yes, this walk takes a different route – does not duplicate – our Docklands Walk. You want a summation of the matter? Try this: "look where you will throughout the civilisation of Europe you will not find, save in the case of London, this complete interdependence between a great town and its river."  That's the matter in one sentence. You want it in one place, in one walk – it's this place and this walk. 


The meeting point for the Limehouse – Thames – Docklands walk is just outside the Westferry Docklands Light Railway (DLR), by Cycle Hire Point.

In 2018 the Limehouse - Thames - Docklands Walk takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, July 21 and at 2.30 pm on Sunday, September 15.

The Limehouse - Thames - Docklands walk is one of a series of Regent's Canal and other Inland Waterways walks that we conduct in partnership with the IWA (Inland Waterways Association). There are now getting on for a dozen different canal and inland waterways walks. The canal walks' regular slot is the 2.30 pm Tour du Jour offering on the first and third Sunday of every month. And there are usually a handful of "guest appearance" canal walks that run as "Specials" on selected dates in any given Summer or Winter London Walks programme. 


 "London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour..." The New York Times

"by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks"  Travel and Enjoy

 "Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live." Daily Mail, Top London Treats


If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Limehouse - Thames - Docklands walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Limehouse - Thames - Docklands Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A privateLondon Walk makes a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.


Don't just take it from us or the New York Times


"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.