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While the Olympic Park in east London has finally introduced many Londoners, perhaps for the first time, to this part of town, beyond the Olympic Park lies a different and still unknown world, a mysterious collection of waterways, natural open spaces, and important relics of London's industrial era which London's subsequent growth and development has barely touched. Its rich industrial history played a singular part in the evolution of the metropolis; more recently it has been discovered by artists whose studios, galleries and workshops pepper the riverside. This walk provides an opportunity to get to know the area before it too is submerged by new building, as 'Central London moves east'. (picture c. Angus Hamilton, taken on past tour)
Your guide is Ralph Ward, who has worked on the planning and development of the area for over twenty years, most recently as Olympic planning and regeneration advisor for the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is now visiting professor at the University of East London.
Meet: Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station London E15 2NQ
Cost £25.50. Duration 2 -2.5 hours. Walk ends a short distance from East India Dock DLR, and Canning Town Underground station.