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One Canada Square Docklands Light Railway. Docklands skyline.
Westferry Circus Gardens West India Quay Entrance to One Canada Square.
Canary Wharf adopted its name from the London docks that unloaded produce from the Canary Islands especially bananas. The original docks built by John Rennie and William Jessop, took two years to build and were opened in 1802. The West India Docks were considered at the time to be country's greatest civil engineering structure. Sadly the London docks fell into disuse in the 1960's when business moved to Tilbury and Felixtowe, leaving behind rusting cranes and empty warehouses.

Canary Wharf has been planned on a grand scale and the estate now extends to in excess of 97 acres and includes about 14 million square feet of office and retail space to date. The first tenants moved into Canary Wharf in August 1961 and now over 80,000 people work there.

The landmark of Canary Wharf which also transformed the docklands skyline is the famous Tower at 'One Canada Square', which has fifty floors and at 244 metres (800 feet) high, is the tallest building in Britain. The average area for each floor is 28,000 square feet and requires 32 passenger lifts divided into four banks to service the building.

A key factor to the successful redevelopment of Docklands was the construction of the Docklands Light Railway, which opened between Tower Gateway, Island Gardens and Stratford in 1987 and was an instant success. Todays DLR is an automated 31 km railway with 38 stations and 94 vehicles. The DLR is now carrying more passengers than ever before, with further increases in demand management predicted. The system currently carries 55 million passengers a year and this is expected to rise to 80 million by 2009.
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"Motorexpo" at Canary Wharf
Motorexpo is the renowned annual 'free-to-visit' motorshow held at Canary Wharf.

Since its launch in 1996 this exhibition has expanded at an astonishing rate to become the worlds best free-to-visit motorshow. Its success is partly due to the 'captive' audience of affluent workers, eager to view the latest in luxury cars.

In 2007 in excess of 40 manufacturers exhibited over 250 vehicles spread right across the estate, in parks, gardens, open spaces and even the grand marble clad floor of the 'One Canada Square' entrance lobby.
Motorexpo at Canary Wharf, Landrover. Motorexpo at Canary Wharf, Mercedes. Motorexpo at Canary Wharf, Bentley.

Motorexpo 2008
To me this years exhibition did not seem to me to have the same impact as last year, perhaps it was just due to the poor weather making it less enjoyable.
The Motorexpo takes place in the heart of the world's leading business districts and in 2008 events are held at Canary Wharf, London in June and the World Financial Center, New York in September. Motorexpo events are entirely free-to-visit and see an exhibition of vehicles from the world's leading motor manufacturers displayed throughout the marble lobbies, outdoor parks and public spaces of the business locations.
Motorexpo 2008 boat Motorexpo 2008 Bentley Land Rover