The Pool of London
This area of the river, between Tower and London Bridges, is known as the Pool of London. Up until very recently the section along the south side of the river was called Hay's Wharf which had warehouses and cranes reaching out into the river. Since Roman times it had been an important dock area - the larder of London. Demolition began in April 1990 and phase 1 of the scheme was completed a few years ago. An open public pathway now runs along the river and a few yards out one can see HMS Belfast ...

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HMS Belfast, Europes last big gun ship. Tour on board see Attraction Guide for details.

The centre piece of phase 1 of the scheme is Hay's Galleria, a grand arcade with a soaring barrel vaulted glass roof that provides a relaxing uncrowded setting for shopping and eating


Phase 2 (the area between Tower Bridge and the Galleria), has proved more contentious. Being on the Thames, directly opposite the Tower of London, this is now an enormously prime development site. Thrown out have been a high rise office development, a neo classical Venitian city and a replica parliament building. It seems likely that an open plan mixed development will be built, possibly with a spectacular futuristic looking glass paneled palace residence for the new mayor of London

In nearby Tooley Street (under the arches of London Bridge main line station) are many attractions including The London Dungeon

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Walkers undertaking this tour please note to turn left about 100 yards before London Bridge to take the underground route as it is virtually impossible to cross from the upper level.

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