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“relaxing arcade”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hay's Galleria

Hay's Galleria
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Royal Observatory and Thames River Cruise in London
Ranked #244 of 1,599 things to do in London
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“relaxing arcade”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

clever conversion of former dock. impressive roof. choice of places to eat & drink,also souvenir shops. very large mobile ( " emmit" style ) children enjoy

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Laurence S
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“Average shopping”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

This galleria is just a short stroll from the Hilton Tower bridge hotel. There is nothing special about the shops located here.

Visited June 2014
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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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“An architectual delight.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

Less than a 5 minute walk from London Bridge Station this beautiful setting over looking "Old Father" Thames provides a welcome stop off with an array of small shops, stalls and eateries. On the entry is The Christmas shop open 12 months a year were you can find the traditional to the unusual to decorate your home and tree in the festive season. A large looming ship sculpture and water feature are the central focal point. The Galleria is light and airy and is very relaxing no matter what time of day you visit and despite being along one of Londons' busiest roads it is surprisingly quiet except for the varied amount of visitors. You cannot help but be amazed by your surroundings which has a freshness of youth though is yet another one of Londons heritage.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Steven C
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Warsaw, Poland
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“See Where 80% of Lodon's Perishable Goods Were landed.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

Extremely interesting free attraction which contains the history of the import of perishable goods including tea from India and Ceylon, into the Pool of London. Lots of little shops and stalls to investigate, plenty of places to eat and drink - a very good place for a rest. Look out for the amazing sculpture in the middle of the site. Very "Heath Robinson" in style.

Visited June 2014
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“Historic wharf turned commercial space along the Thames in Southwark”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Hay's Galleria is a nice place to visit while walking along the Thames in Southwark. This is a redevelopment of the historic Hay's Wharf, which makes a nice place to browse or stop for a coffee or wine before moving onward with your walk along the Thames.

Hay's Galleria was originally known as Hay's Wharf, an important historic warehouse serving the port of London. During the 19th century, this was a chief delivery point for ships bringing tea to London.

Unfortunately, the wharf suffered badly from bombing damage during WWII and never fully recovered afterwards as the shipping industry shifted elsewhere during post-war decades. The wharf finally closed down in the 1970s before being redeveloped into Hay's Galleria a decade later.

Today, you can find office space, a few casual restaurants and shops in the covered galleria area. Towards the back there is a Christmas Shop that has decent seasonal decorations. However, the most interesting thing at Hay's Galleria is probably the intriguing sculpture called The Navigators, designed by David Kemp (1987).

Overall, we enjoy stopping by Hay's Galleria from time to time, its worth a 10-15 minute detour if you are intending to spend time in this area of Southwark.

Visited June 2014
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