London Runs and Photo Routes - Canary Wharf from Poplar Dock

12 views from Blackwall by the River – East London Docklands

London Runs and Photo Routes -Blackwall by the River – East London Docklands

Blackwall was once a significant ocean-going port in past centuries and was connected with important voyages. For over four hundred years, until 1987, Blackwall was a centre of shipbuilding and repairing. Today it has been re-developed for housing and hotels.

The original Blackwall Yard was created by the East India Company for the building and repair of its own ships. In the 1650s it passed into private hands, and under successive owners developed into one of the largest and most celebrated mercantile shipyards on the Thames

The main photographic interest is along the river which has a great view of the Millennium (O2) Dome, as well as the modern apartment builds and hotels offset by the older areas. It also links to the main area of Docklands by Poplar Dock – which is great for boats and the views across to Canary Wharf. Mornings and afternoon are best times, but  Poplar Dock is best visited in the early morning. The sun is often behind the Dome in the morning which can make ruin your shots of the O2 Arena, although it can also be an advantage for sunrises where there is some partial cloud cover.

These London Runs and Photo Routes are a great way of getting to know London, for seeing London’s best sights, and for photographing London.

By doing this London photo early in the morning, you can get to know London quickly and see it at its best – all for free.

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Photos  © Philip Carey 2010

Blackwall area
Blackwall area