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Canary Wharf Tower is the UK's tallest building at 235.1 m or about 800 feet.

Canary Wharf in Tower Hamlets, is a large business development on the Isle of Dogs, centered on the old West India Docks in the London Docklands.

From 1802 to 1980, the area was one of the busiest docks in the world, with at one point 50,000 employed. Canary Wharf itself takes its name from the sea trade with the Canary Islands.
During WWII, the docks area was bombed heavily and nearly all the original warehouses were destroyed or badly damaged. After a brief recovery in the 1950s, the port industry began to decline. Containerization and a lack of flexibility made the central London docks less viable than out-of-town sites like Felixstowe and Harwich, and by 1980 the docks were closed.
Thousands were out of work and a huge area of the Docklands lay in ruins - a testament to the changing world economy.
The project to revitalize the eight square miles of derelict London docks began in 1981 with the establishment of the London Docklands Development Corporation by the government of Margaret Thatcher.

View from the top of Canary Wharf Tower


Photograph showing Docklands Light Railway and the docks.
View from the top of Canary Wharf Tower

The London Docks
View from the top of Canary Wharf Tower

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