Nowhere in London has redevelopment been more controversial than the Docklands. The Canary Wharf looks like a mini-Manhattan, and Cesar Pelli's glittering skyscraper here is often denounced as a symbol of Thatcherite greed. The historic glass-fronted warehouses of Wapping and St. Katherine's Dock seem forlorn amid the modern concrete sprawl and noisy highways feeding Rotherhithe Tunnel. But Wapping waterfront still feels like a village, and across the Thames in Rotherhithe, you can toast the Pilgrim Fathers at the ancient Mayflower Inn, where they set sail for the New World. North at Leamouth, the river enters the Lower Lea Valley and snakes around the Olympic Park, home to the 2012 Olympics.
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Getting Around London
The best way to get around London is using public transportation and taxis. Poor parking availability and legendary traffic makes driving tricky, and Americans may find it challenging to drive on the opposite side or the car and road. Gatwick Express is the fastest train service from Gatwick to Central London. Trains run daily directly into London Victoria train and tube station starting at 4:35 a.m. and 5:20 a.m., then run every 15 minutes from 5:50 a.m. until 12:35 a.m. with the last trains leaving at 12:50 a.m. and 1:35 a.m. Fares: 1st Class £26 (Single), £50 (Return); Express Class £17.90 (Single), £30.80 (Return). Heathrow Express is the fastest train service from Heathrow to Paddington Station. Trains run from 5 a.m. until midnight from Heathrow. The standard single fare is £20 and standard return costs £34.
Nearby Airports
  • London Heathrow Airport-LHR
  • Gatwick Airport-LGW
Airport Taxis
  • £45-£83-Heathrow to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
  • £78-£98-Gatwick to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
Things to Do and See Near The Docklands
  • London Eye
  • British Museum
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Tate Modern
  • London Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Tower Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Hyde Park
  • London Bridge
  • Globe Theatre
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Palace of Westminster
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Marylebone
  • Middle Temple
  • Covent Garden