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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.
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