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Canary Wharf and Limehouse

Talks/Lectures

Event Description

It’s not just about huge office buildings, it’s an amazing story about resilience against failure.

Hear about a proud local community (who once declared their own independent country), of bustling docks filled with rum and sugar, of pirates, of executions, of the courage of digging the world‘s first under-river tunnel, of London’s first Chinese community, Chinatown, of early canal networks … most of all, it is the story of resilience.

Using google Earth images, photos and lots of true stories, this is a virtual tour of the remarkable story of the rise, decline and rise once more of the area known as the Isle of Dogs.

  • Duration: 1 hr 15 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Loona

Loona Hazarika is a history geek who has been giving guided tours of his birthplace London for over 15 years. Trained by the British Museum (where he was an official tour guide) he co-founded London City Steps, a social enterprise that helps to train and give confidence to underprivileged youth via a love of local history.

He spent a year volunteering at the Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda where he recorded and set up their first audio guides system and has advised and appeared on TV history shows such as BBC TV’s The ‘Hairy Builder’, ‘the Repair Shop’ and SKY Atlantic’s ‘Urban Secrets’

He has a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!