Canary Wharf Tower

Dogs & Canaries

The Canary Wharf Tower was until recently (when it was overtaken by the Shard), the tallest building in London, and is named after a quay that was owned by a company that traded with the Canary Islands. Interestingly enough, the Canaries are named after dogs – canes is Latin for dogs – that lived on the islands.
The Docklands, which is the area the Canary Wharf Tower is situated in, is also known as the Isle of Dogs, and this may be because it was the site of King Henry VIII’s hunting kennels.
I love it when history is all connected….!



Number 1 Canada Square

The impressive Number 1 Canada Square (Canary Wharf Tower) is designed to sway 13.75 inches in the strongest wind which might only happen every 100 years. It stands at 244 metres (800 feet) above sea level and is the tallest building in Britain.

The four aircraft warning lights inset into the top of the tower’s pyramid each flash 40 times a minute, a combined total of 57,600 times a day.

The 50th floor can be reached from the lobby by lift in 40 seconds and the tower’s loading bay handles over 108,000 deliveries each year.

A pretty impressive building, especially when on the DLR at night!

Dawn Denton©

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