West India Quay and All That

London is developing so fast that even I can’t keep up with it. Last weekend I went to the Museum of the Docklands to check out an exhibition about slavery in London. This museum must be one of London’s biggest bargains. A £5 ticket allows you unlimited entrance for a year! It’s a fascinating place chocked full of interesting artefacts that relate the story of the history of the docklands/ The Sailortown gallery is the Museum’s second full size reconstruction. Stepping through the doors the visitor is transported back 150 years to the dark, winding streets of Wapping in the 1840s and 1850s. Apparently the museum has been open for 4 years but I guess, like me, noone knows about it. The place was virtually empty when I went which was a real shame.

The Museum is part of the new West India Quay, another Docklands development that seems to have sprung up from nowhere. It’s quite a trendy area with lots of restaurants overlooking the Thames and I had a fairly decent tapas at the restaurant two doors down from the Museum. I’m sure it’s busy with City workers during the week but I went on a Sunday and the whole place was very quiet.

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