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  1. Just checking out the new-look Port of London. Ever wondered what some of the impressive buildings were? The more functional buildings were helpfully re-purposed by the German Luftwaffe during their urban clearance programme of 1940-1945., but let's look at what remains. Start by looking at the Tower of London. To the right is the famous Tower Bridge. When you turn to look at the bridge you are now facing East, looking towards the extensive enclosed London Docklands, and, beyond that, the North Sea. To the right of Tower Bridge is Southwark, on the South bank of the River Thames. The wharfs and warehouses were privately owned and developed, and used to land commodities from all over the world into bonded warehouses. Most famously the Hays Wharf complex was built surrounding a private dock for off-loading barges and was so successful the group took over most of the other buildings. A handsome brick warehouse was built in the 1920s against the Thames, but this was utterly destroyed in Luftwaffe bombing raids during the Blitz of 1940-1941. The Port remained very busy into the 1960s when containerisation became more common and the Port was too small for the newer standard of ships, and the docks were superceded by newer docks downstream at Tilbury. The complex of warehouses became derelict, and in the 1980s were either demolished completely or purchased by property developers and converted into offices and flats, such as Hays Galleria (the dock was filled in and the open space covered by a curved roof). Chamberlin's Wharf was converted into a private hospital, London Bridge Hospital, which opened in 1986. This is where the cargo ship for opening Containers is anchored in front of. The warehouses closer to Tower Bridge likewise became dis-used and were demolished to create an urban recreational area, Potters Fields Park. This is the modern location of City Hall and the Scoop. And also where HMS Belfast is moored at the old Symon's Wharf as a floating museum ship since 1971. Opposite Tower Bridge you are now facing West, looking towards Westminster. The first bridge you can see is historic London Bridge. This is not the modern bridge we now know, but an older bridge built between 1824 and 1831 that was later sold to Missourian entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for US$2,460,000. The furthest bridge is actually a rail bridge, running into Cannon Street Station on the North side of the Thames. Looking behind the Tower of London, and to the left, is 10 Trinity Square, built between 1912 and 1922. On the waterfront and behind some cranes is Custom House, designed by David Laing in 1813. Finally, adjacent to Custom House is Billingsgate Fish Market, the world's largest fish market in the 19th century. No longer visible on that bearing, the dome of St Paul's Cathedral is hidden in the smog, but is still present in the Port of London Winter Scene. The cathedral is so iconic that protected view laws are in place to ensure that views of the dome are not impeded by modern development. Shame about the new air pollution...