2 Butcher Row, Limehouse, E14 8DSShow on map
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a stylish 36 room campus which is set in Limehouse, East London. The closest tube station to the venue is Stepney Green. This lies in Zone 2 of the Underground system.... Read More »
514 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HYShow on map
The Pink Apartments is a 4 room serviced apartment block which is located in Whitechapel, East London. This lies in Zone 2 of the Underground system. The closest tube station to the Pink Apartments is... Read More »
Apartment - classic modern
577 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HJShow on map
Marlin City Docklands Apartments is an 81 classic 4 star apartment building which is situated in Whitechapel, East London. The closest station to the property is Limehouse which is on the DLR service. The... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
469 - 475 The Highway Road, Limehouse, E1W 3HNShow on map
Holiday Inn Express London – Limehouse is very convenient for London’s business region of Docklands, the news and media hub at Wapping and capital’s traditional financial centre, the City of... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
265 Rotherhithe Street, Docklands, SE16 5HWShow on map
The Hilton Docklands Hotel is a 378 room, 4 star hotel which is located in the Docklands area of South East London. The nearest tube station to the venue is Canada Water. This lies in Zone 2 of the Underground... Read More »
20 Salter Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 5PRShow on map
"Explore London cheaply by staying at this friendly YHA hostel in Docklands" This great hostel in South East London is run by the Youth Hostel Association, a charity with a mission to inspire everyone,... Read More »
Apartment - classic modern
39 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, E14 8RWShow on map
Hotel information In the heart of London’s Docklands, Circus Apartments by BridgeStreet is 0.2 miles from Westferry station on the Docklands Light Railway. West India Quay DLR station and Canary Wharf... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
46 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, E14 8RSShow on map
"Stunning views of the River Thames and Canary Wharf from luxury rooms and suites" Located in a vibrant part London with views of the River Thames and the City, the stylish and intimate 10-storey Four Seasons... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
261 - 267 Commercial Road, Whitechapel, E1 2BTShow on map
In the centre of trendy Shoreditch, visitors will find the Holiday Inn Commercial Road which is a 4 star, 133 room hotel. You can have the chance to explore a number of shops, bars and restaurants in the area... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
22 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4EDShow on map
This 5-Star hotel in the heart of London’s Docklands is less than 200ft from West India Quay station, on the Docklands Light Railway. Canary Wharf DLR station is 0.3 miles from the hotel and is built... Read More »
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Limehouse is situated in east London, close to Shadwell and Mile End. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, it is one of the areas of east London, which has experienced heavy regeneration in recent years. From a significant port and trading centre in Mediaeval times (its name is taken from the limestone kilns which abounded in the area), the area has a long-standing migrant community, established by sailors from Africa, China, Portugal and Persia, who settled in the area and formed close-knit communities. Due to widespread poverty, the opium trade from China and poor links to central London, the area fell into destitution and was infamous for its opium dens and taverns.
After the Second World War, as the shipping trade began to die out and the area was devastated, the Chinese immigrants moved towards Soho and formed Chinatown, an area in London renowned for its many fantastic Chinese restaurants and shops. Limehouse gradually became wasteland and wasn't regenerated until the 1980s, when Canary Wharf was developed into a thriving financial and business centre and the Docklands Light Railway was introduced, improving transport links and bestowing the area with potential for commercial development. Nowadays, although Limehouse retains some of its 'rough around the edges' charm, its very unlikely you'll find an opium den to hang out in and the area has become a desirable place to live for young professionals working in the Docklands area.
The area is also renowned for its political activity, and 'to Limehouse' is nomenclature for 'giving a rousing political speech', due to a rousing diatribe by Chancellor of the Exchequer David Lloyd George. It was also where mayor Clement Attlee developed his socialist views and policies after witnessing the terrible poverty there. This poverty also inspired London's prolific chronicler of downbeat misery, Charles Dickens, and graphic novelist Alan Moore, who used the area as a setting in 'From Hell', his novel about Jack the Ripper. Although this may not sound like the best recommendation of the area to visiting tourists, some of London's once sleaziest spots have now become the most intriguing to visit and the area is now a sleek complex of modern flats and warehouse conversions with some very attractive river walks. From Limehouse you can visit The Museum of London Docklands, where you can learn about its notorious past; West India Quay, where you will find some fantastic restaurants and bars filled with investment bankers; and One Canada Square, one of the tallest buildings in London, which looms imposingly over the skyline.
From Limehouse you can easily reach Bethnal Green, which has a selection of quirky vintage shops and cutting edge galleries, and Whitechapel, the official stalking ground of Jack the Ripper, where there is now the excellent Whitechapel Gallery, where you can see some very fine art and some picturesque ancient buildings. You can visit Brick Lane, where London's 'curry mile' is located and The Old Truman Brewery, where you might find the next big thing in design or pick up some unique finds and you can experience the music hall tradition in converted pubs such as Wilton's Music Hall and The Mahogany Bar. The area also has some long-standing markets, such as Brick Lane Market and Petticoat Lane Market, where you can find artisan wares and slightly trashier fare.
Due to the Docklands Light Railway, an overground tube which provides great views of the area as you ride, Limehouse is well connected to London, lying just a few stops from Tower Hill, where you can catch the District and Circle lines to major transport hubs and other areas of the city. Hotels in the area are also fairly affordable, although if you want to be situated in London proper, you may prefer to stay in one of Kensington's reasonable hotels and travel on the District Line and DLR to visit the area.