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The day a plane landed in the middle of Canary Wharf
The day a plane landed in the middle of Canary Wharf

On this day in 1982, a plane landed in the heart of Canary Wharf, right where the Heron Quays DLR station now stands.

Paralympians as Olympian Gods above a Crossrail station
Paralympians as Olympian Gods above a Crossrail station

To mark the latest Olympic games, some of the Paralympians have been rendered into art form and are on display at the Crossrail station in Canary Wharf.

Scale model of Docklands at its Industrial Height
Scale model of Docklands at its Industrial Height

In a dark corner of a museum can be found a large scale model of London’s docks when they were a maze of warehouses and light railways.

A second light festival for London
A second light festival for London

Next January, London is to have two light festivals, running at the same time.

Unbuilt London: A cable car across the Thames
Unbuilt London: A cable car across the Thames

There were once plans to build a cable car that would link the Millennium Dome with the DLR on the north side of the river. Obviously, no such cable car was ever built.

Giant model of Canary Wharf
Giant model of Canary Wharf

Sitting alongside the marketing suite half-way up the main Canary Wharf can be found the estate’s marketing suite, and in a side room, to show off the development, a gigantic scale model of the estate.

Canary Wharf’s 1990s model of the DLR
Canary Wharf’s 1990s model of the DLR

Sitting up high on the 30th floor of the main Canary Wharf tower is a model of the DLR that hasn’t changed since the mid 1990s.

See the Bloodhound “supersonic car” at Canary Wharf
See the Bloodhound “supersonic car” at Canary Wharf

Something for anyone excited by British engineering — as the Bloodhound Supersonic Car will be going on public display in London later this month, for just two days.

First Elizabeth line station opens to the public
First Elizabeth line station opens to the public

Earlier today, with music and free food, Crossrail’s first railway station opened to the public.

A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf
A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf

Somewhat hidden at the moment, around the back next to a fire exit, can be found a mighty memorial to those who died during the two great wars of the last century.

9 minutes of Canary Wharf in 1996
9 minutes of Canary Wharf in 1996

Some years ago, the BBC commissioned a series of short films to fill gaps in their schedules, each being 10 minutes long, including trailers, about architecture.

Footbridge for Crossrails’ Canary Wharf Station Completed
Footbridge for Crossrails’ Canary Wharf Station Completed

An area of Canary Wharf that has been sealed off for years has recently reopened as a long covered footbridge linking the future railway station to the famous steel clad skyscraper has been completed.

See London’s Six Swiss Railway Clocks
See London’s Six Swiss Railway Clocks

Precisely seventy years ago, a Swiss designer designed a Swiss clock. A Swiss clock that has gone on to become a railway icon. Apart from its design, the clock has one other unique feature in how it works.

A few photos from the Canary Wharf’s Elizabeth line station
A few photos from the Canary Wharf’s Elizabeth line station

Just a quick update on works at the Elizabeth line station next to Canary Wharf, where the “project eden” style inflated skin is nearing completion.

The secret ticket that only works in one tube station
The secret ticket that only works in one tube station

On the London Underground there are a number of different sorts of tickets that you can buy, but there is one ticket that works at just one station, and you can’t buy it.

Photos – inside the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf
Photos – inside the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf

A third visit to the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf to see what has changed since the last time I was there. The main difference is that the above ground shopping centre is now progressing, and the visually distinctive roof garden is now getting the larch-wood structure applied.

What lies hidden in Canary Wharf’s steel plant pots
What lies hidden in Canary Wharf’s steel plant pots

If you travel around Canary Wharf, or some parts of the City of London, you cannot fail to notice large steel plant pots that have sprung up around buildings.

Photos – A submarine is visiting Canary Wharf
Photos – A submarine is visiting Canary Wharf

For the next few days, a very rare sight can be seen in Canary Wharf – a submarine.

The Docklands Light Railway’s Drainpipe of Doom
The Docklands Light Railway’s Drainpipe of Doom

The Docklands Light Railway recently covered up one of their bridges in a load of scaffolding and protective wrapping – which prompted me to send them a message asking a fairly specific, but quite simple question. Will the drain be

Birds nesting at Canary Wharf
Birds nesting at Canary Wharf

One of the aspects of London’s Docklands that has often been applauded over the years by suitably concerned organisations is the placement of floating rafts in the docks for birds to nest one. Often nothing more than a wooden raft

A new wind-sculpture in Canary Wharf
A new wind-sculpture in Canary Wharf

A semi-circular concrete steel  arch has appeared in the middle of the green lawn by Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers with a range of steel tubes sticking out of the top. A random passer by who lacks curiosity might wander by and

Photos from inside the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf
Photos from inside the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf

It may not look it from the outside, but an important part of Crossrail’s Canary Wharf station has already been completed – and five months ahead of schedule. In fact it doesn’t really look completed when you have a look

New Boris Bike stands at Canary Wharf
New Boris Bike stands at Canary Wharf

Just a few photos of the huge new Cycle Hire stands right outside Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Line station. Considering how many people use the area as a meeting place and sit on the high wall beside the bike stand, I

Updated photos of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station
Updated photos of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station

Although I did once go down underground into the station, here are a few photos I took over the weekend of the visible part of the building works, with reasonably close comparisons with previous photos I took. Difficult to get