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Tower Bridge Quay (formerly St. Katharine Pier) is located on the North shore of the River Thames at St. Katharine Dock, a short walk from the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Tower of London. The dock opened in 1828 & was once popular with expensive cargo’s from around the world including ivory, shells, sugar, marble, wines, fragrant spices & perfumes. Today St. Katharine’s is a haven for yachts & historic vessels including traditional Thames sailing barges. A wide range of cafes, bars & restaurants are located at St. Katharine’s & regular food markets also take place throughout the week.
St. Katharine Dock was designed by the Scottish engineer Thomas Telford (known as the Colossus of Roads due to his extensive experience building roads) & completed in 1828. St. Katharine Dock takes its name from “St. Katharine’s by the Tower”, a medieval hospital which stood on the site.
Extensive bomb damage during the Blitz limited the capacity of the dock & with the increasing size of cargo vessels during the industrial revolution the dock eventually closed.
Just on the edge of the City of London St. Katharine Dock is closely situated to a number of landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London & the Monument.
Include: 15th February 2020- 23rd February 2020 February Half Term 2019 There’s plenty to do along the River Thames during the February Half Term. Knight School returns to the Tower of London, the crews of Cutty Sark (played by actors) & HMS Belfast (HMS Belfast’s actual crew!) will be on-board telling stories of the historic vessels pasts. What’s on during February Half Term? 1. Climb Aboard Cutty Sark Cutty Sark Visit the last remaining tea clipper, Cutty Sark. Originally built at Dumbarton, Scotland in 1869 she spent her working life transporting cargo including tea from China and wool from Australia. She has now been fully restored and is an award winning visitor attraction. Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich Visit the famous Tea Clipper Cutty Sark & meet the crew who sailed her. Discover stories from her sailings & learn about life on-board the fastest tea clipper of her time. During February Half Term Royal Museums Greenwich are also hosting a number of Engineering & Art themed workshops for families. Activities include winch building & craft making. 1 Min / 358 Feet from Greenwich Pier 18th-23rd February, 11:30-13:30 & 14:00-16:00 Visit Website 2. Explore
Winter Events Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers* Beyond The Deepening Shadow is a display of thousands of flames in the Tower of London Moat. This artistic tribute was designed by Tom Piper with sound artist Mira Calix & will run for 8 nights from the 4th November 2018 until the 11th November 2018. The commemoration will unfold during the four hour display, starting with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. The Yeoman Warders are distinguished service men & women & will ceremonially light the first flame before a team of volunteers light the rest of the installation. 4th-11th November 2018 – 17:00-21:00 *This photo is the property of Bex Walton on Flickr & is licensed by Creative Commons & has been resized. *This photo is the property of Bex Walton on Flickr, is licensed by Creative Commons & has been resized. Visit Website Tower Skate 23rd November 2018-6th January 2019 Tower of London Visit Website Skate at Somerset House The ice rink returns to Somerset House on the 14th November & will be open day & night. Skate Lates will feature music nights throughout the festive season & the Fortnum’s Lodge is the perfect
There’s plenty to do on & around the River Thames during half term. Thames River Services operate cruises between Westminster, St Katharine Pier (for Tower of London) & Greenwich linking some of London’s top destinations & attractions. Below we’ve listed five ideas & events for the August Half Term from sightseeing cruises on the River Thames to family experiences at the National Maritime Museum & Tower of London. If your looking for an exciting evening in Greenwich then an Unlocked Tour or Halloween Tour at the Old Royal Naval College is not to be missed. Half Term Top 5 1. Take a cruise through the Thames Flood Barrier This week is our last week of cruises to the Thames Flood Barrier. Five barrier boats depart Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier everyday. The final sailing of the season is on Sunday 28th October. After departing Greenwich Pier the cruise travels downriver past the Old Royal Naval College, the O2, under the Emirates Airline Cable Car & through the Thames Barrier before turning & cruising back to Greenwich. Westminster Pier: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 St. Katharine Pier: 10:50, 11:50, 12:50, 13:50, 14:50 Greenwich Pier: 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30,