Canals, a Museum, a Roof Garden & the Comedy Store Players
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A leisurely way to spend a Sunday afternoon in London with a 5 mile walk along the canals of the East End, combined with a visit to a museum (Free Admission) to learn about the history of the Docklands, and finishing off at Canary Wharf with a visit to Crossrail Place Roof Garden. There is also the option of dinner and seeing the Comedy Store Players in the evening.
Please be aware this is not a circular walk. We shall start at Bromley-by-Bow tube station and finish at Canary Wharf.
The Museum of London Docklands stands in an early nineteenth-century sugar warehouse, and tells the story of London's East End riversides, including the city's involvement with slavery. Admission is FREE. There is a cafe on the entrance level serving drinks, sandwiches and cakes.Museum of London Docklands | Free museum in London
The Crossrail Roof Garden is situated on top of the Crossrail station in Canary Wharf. Some of the plant species in the garden are indigenous to countries visited during the 19th Century by trading ships that used the docks in the area. Crossrail Place Roof Garden - Canary Wharf
After the walk ends, there is the option of heading into London's West End to see the Comedy Store Players in their hilarious Sunday evening improvisation show at the Comedy Store, 1A Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE. The bar and diner are open from 6pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. It is recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The cost is £20 (booking fees apply). More details can be found at Homepage - London (thecomedystore.co.uk)
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What to bring
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots, sturdy trainers or wellies
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Bring water and snacks for the walk. There is a cafe at the museum.
For those going to the improvisation show in the evening, we shall have dinner at the Comedy Store Players Bar & Diner which serves Pizza, Burgers etc.