Canary Wharf, before the skyscrapers

Before it became the financial capital of the UK (and some might say the world but not me), Canary Wharf in London was docklands and derelict buildings post-Empire. But the Greater London Council (GLC) had a vision to transform the area into mini financial metropolis with skyscrapers and office blocks. MyLondon documented the changes from colonial times to the late 80s/early 90s when construction was underway.

More from London: A Jago Hazzard London train/tube triple bill, the ghostly signs of London, and Roy Mehta’s ‘Revival’ exploring Brent’s multiculturalism between 1989–93

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