London Canary Wharf / Greenwich
18th March 2022 - 20th March 2022
You will all have heard about Canary Wharf but unless your work has taken you there, it is unlikely that you will know much about it. This is your chance to have a look at this exciting part of London that does not attract much attention these days yet it has almost become a city in itself. It now advertises itself as the exciting place to live, work and play. We shall also venture south of the river and take in some of Greenwich’s sights
This weekend will enable us to learn about the history of the London Docklands and see the enormous regeneration of the area. To see which of the old docks buildings are still standing and the new uses that they have been put to and also to see the new buildings. During the weekend we shall be walking around the area which as this is former dockland, I can guarantee that the area is flat. We shall also be making use of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) for our transport. The DLR has step free access from street to train at all of its stations.
Friday afternoon we shall be visiting the worldwide head office of HSBC where we shall learn about the history of this bank from its days in Hong Kong and Shanghai to the present day as one of the largest financial institutions in the world. For security reasons I need to give to HSBC a list of the names of those attending, ask you to have with you photo ID and warn you that any bags will be X-Rayed and may be searched. For this reason, I need you to answer the separate question about the visit to HSBC on the registration form.
Saturday we shall have a conducted tour of the area and also of a tour of the Museum of London Docklands. I am not ready yet to announce the venue for the dinner in the evening as I have a provisional booking at my chosen venue but I cannot access it at the moment because it is in lockdown for reasons that I have not been given but I suspect may be because of Covid quarantine for people entering the country. I am also investigating alternative venues.
Sunday, I am planning a walk across Greenwich Park which will pass the famous Observatory where you will be able to stand with one foot in the Eastern and one foot in the Western Hemispheres. The walk I am planning mainly downhill. Some people have expressed an interest in spending more time in Greenwich exploring the country’s maritime heritage and for this I recommend staying an extra night at your hotel.
Because of the Covid restrictions I have not been as far ahead as I had planned so at the present time, I cannot ask for reservations but it would assist me if you could complete the form below to express an interest in this weekend.
By March Canary Wharf will be in London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone and for this reason and to avoid having to drive in London, I would recommend that you consider travelling by train to London. Because of this and also because there will be a need for some walking to the venue of the Saturday evening dinner, our 2022 chairman, Jonathon, has agreed that the dinner will not be Black Tie.
For travel in London on public transport you will need either an Oyster Card or a contactless bank debit/credit card. A warning that you need to swipe in and out on the DLR otherwise you will be charged a penalty fare. Currently the daily cap for Zones 1 & 2 is £7.40 per day. To take advantage of this cap you must use the same card all day.
(Amended 11.01.2022) There are several routes to the Docklands from Central London. However, be aware that during March the Underground Northern Line will not be running to Bank so this route will not be available. My recommended route for those coming from north of London to Euston, St Pancras or Kings Cross is to take the Victoria Line to Green Park and change to the Jubilee Line. Lifts and escalators access all platforms at Green Park. Latest estimate for the opening of the Elizabeth Line is end March so that still will not be an option.
(Amended 11.01.2022) As we are talking London prices, I am concentrating on budget hotels for the 2 nights. Having checked out a number of budget hotels, my recommendation is the Ibis Canning Town. The hotel is directly opposite Canning Town station (Jubilee line and DLR) For myself, I have booked a room with breakfast (for one) at £95 per night using my loyalty card cancellable until 15th March. You can apply for a loyalty card at the time of booking. This hotel has a bar but no car parking. For those who require parking I suggest Holiday Inn Express about 200 yards along the road.
For these various reasons I am not able to firm up on costs but I am expecting that the total will be in the reasonable range. To assist me, I would be grateful for expressions of interest on the form below.