Limehouse Basin is a landscaped marina that occupies a sought after location between the City and Canary Wharf. Being only a 10 minute walk along the Thames pathway to the commercial district at Canary Wharf, Limehouse Basin is regarded as docklands prime residential location. It is home to a stylish collection of modern apartments blocks with balconies and views over the calm tranquil water of the marina. Limehouse Basin has its own locks leading out to the River Thames and from the Limehouse Cut and the Regents Canal. Narrow Street is now a regular jogging route for office workers at Canary Wharf and has limited local traffic helping make Limehouse a convenient place to live.
The name relates to the local lime kilns located by the river and operated by the large potteries that served shipping in the London docks. The earliest reference to Les Lymhostes occurs in 1356. It became the first Chinatown of London and in Victorian times had the colourful reputation as a mass of opium dens and illegal gambling joints. Limehouse housed docks industries such as ship building, ship chandlering and rope making.
The basin provides a navigable link between the Regent's Canal and the River Thames. It was built by the Regent's Canal Company. The history of the connection of the Basin to the River Thames and the Limehouse Cut is complex, it was orginally built in 1820 but in 1968, a short stretch of new canal was constructed to reconnect the Limehouse Cut to the Basin. Directly to the east is a small park, Ropemaker's Fields.
Living in Limehouse
St Anne’s Church, King Edward VII Memorial Park and Ropemakers Fields are the most popular choices. St. Anne’s Anglican Church was built in the 18th century by the famous architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. King Edward Memorial Park which first opened in 1922, has contributed to revitalizing the community and it is famous for its unrestricted views of the river, for its amenities and its biodiversity value.
The most park/green space to Limehouse is Ropemakers Fields. This is where the annual Limefest (Limehouse festival) is held, it is located just between Limehouse basin and Narrow st.
Since the redevelopment of Canary Wharf many pubs and bars have opened there and especially along Fisherman’s Walk. Apart from the many popular restaurants in Canary Wharf such as Boisdale and Roka, there are also many local pubs in Limehouse itself across Narrow Street.
Two excellent options are The Narrow gastropub and the historic pub Grapes. For cinemagoers there is also a cinema in West India Quay and Mile End road (Cineworld) and if you love theatre make sure to visit the Half Moon theatre in White Horse Road and Troxy, an art deco theatre and concert venue near Stepney.
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Two of the best rated primary schools in Limehouse Basin are the Sir William Burrough in Salmon Lane and Cyril Jackson in Three Colt Street. The following schools are judged “good” by Ofsted; Cayley in Aston Street (2012 report), Stepney Greencoat in Norbiton Road (2013 report), Marion Richardson in Senrab Street (2012 report), and Halley in Halley Street (2013 report).
If you are looking for comprehensive schools in Limehouse then both the Sir John Cass in Stepney Way and Bishop Challoner RC in Commercial Road make an excellent choice. Two others that are rated “good” are the Bishop Challoner RC boys’ school in Commercial Road and Stepney Green in Ben Jonson Road.
For those who are interested in sending their children to private schools there are the Pier Head Preparatory School in Shadwell Pierhead and the two City of London schools, which consist of a girls’ school located in Barbican and a boys’ in Queen Victoria Street. Both schools are considered top-performing in the City.