Docklands Discovery

Docklands Discovery is part of the larger Story of London, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and Visit London. Canary Wharf Arts & Events celebrates the Story of London with music, dance, theatre, history and nature walking trails, visual art and fashion exhibitions plus free beaded jewellery and sustainable craft workshops for kids.

Various art exhibitions will be on display throughout the month of June, including a wallpaper exhibition by Lizzie Allen in Cabot Place East window gallery and paintings of London by Richard Colson in Canada Place. In addition The British Sari Story exhibition by Bridging Arts is on display in the foyer, One Canada Square, from 18-26 June.

Many of the excellent music performances that will be taking place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June will include ensembles and choirs local to the Docklands area and feature London’s newest symphony orchestra, the Docklands Sinfonia. Choirs from Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, HSBC and the London Docklands Singers will all perform along with musicians from Trinity College of Music, the wonderfully dynamic Blossom Street Singers, led by TCM postgraduate Hilary Campbell, and The Classic Buskers.

Music, Dance & Theatre
Meanwhile in Jubilee Park, on Saturday 20th June a varied programme of music, drama and dance will be on offer, including the stunning Mahua Bangla Dhakis and Peacock Dancers with their rhythmic drumming and colourful dance moves, steeped in Bengali culture. There will be interactive workshops courtesy of Bottlefed Creative Dance and Drama and east London’s Theatre of Inspirations with their intriguingly-titled The Spamhaus Project.

Walking History Trails
Walkers will come to understand the origin of the names Canary Wharf, Cabot, Cubitt and Milligan and gain an insight into the footprint of West India Docks and the history behind their construction and how they functioned as well as the area’s vital multi-cultural roots. The devastation of WWII will be revealed, followed by the boom then decline of the docks and the dramatic regeneration of Canary Wharf.

Walking Nature Trails
From green roofs and parks to colourful flower beds and aquatic features, walkers will discover the green areas and learn of the species of bird, fish and insect that the area attracts. They will hear how green areas are managed from a member of Canary Wharf’s landscape gardening team and have the opportunity to visit one of the green roofs for which Canary Wharf is famed.



Echo Piece (Canary Wharf) 2009
This is a one hour walk through Canary Wharf to complement a site specific sound composition with a live brass accompaniment, written by the respected British composer and writer Michael Parsons. Echo Piece is an environmental sound work, to be performed by a number of musicians, exploring the acoustic properties of an open-air space and its reflective surfaces.

Programme of events:

Walking Trails

History Trails

Date: Friday 19 June, 5.45pm-7.45pm
Saturday 20 June, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm

Depart: West Entrance of Jubilee Park (near Reuters Plaza) for Friday and Saturday morning tours and Museum of Docklands foyer for Saturday afternoon tour.
Limited places available on a first come first served basis, bookings advised.

Nature Trails

Date:Friday 19 June, 6pm-7.30pm
Saturday 20 June, 11.30am-1pm and 2.30pm-4pm
Depart: West Entrance of Jubilee Park (near Reuters Plaza) for Friday and Saturday tours.
Bookings: Call 020 7001 3016 or email arts&’>arts&”>arts& Limited places available on a first come first served basis, bookings advised.

Echo Piece (Canary Wharf) 2009

Date:Saturday 20 June, 11am-12pm
Depart: Cabot Square
Bookings: Not required

Special offers are available for all walking trails. These include 20% off food and drink at Smollensky’s, a free tour of Museum of London Docklands (conditions apply) and 20% off food at the Museum’s 1802 Restaurant.

* Please be advised that these tours include steps and non-wheelchair accessible areas.


Friday 19 June
Cabot Square
12.15pm-1.45pm Docklands Sinfonia Wind Quintet and Credit Suisse Choir
6.15pm-7.45pm Docklands Sinfonia Brass Ensemble and Morgan Stanley Choir

Jubilee Park
12.15pm-2pm Dance Swing UK
6.10pm-7.50pm Trinity College of Music

Saturday 20 June
Canada Square Park
12pm-5pm The Blossom Singers, The Classic Buskers, HSBC Choir, London Docklands Singers, Docklands Sinfonia

Jubilee Park
11.30am-5pm Mahua Bangla Dhakis and Peacock Dancers, Theatre of Inspirations and Bottlefed Creative Dance and Drama Workshops

Kids Workshops – Saturday 20 June

Cabot Place West Mall
12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm Beaded jewellery workshops

Jubilee Place Mall
11am, 1pm & 3pm Sustainable craft workshops


Venue: Canary Wharf, E14
Date: Friday 19th & Saturday 20th June 2009
Times: 12pm-2pm & 6pm-8pm, Friday / Saturday 11am-5pm
Further info and programme updates:
Transport: Take Jubilee Line or Docklands Light Railway to Canary Wharf

For further information/photographs etc. please contact Dorothy Howe
Tel: 020 8995 3920 Email: