Local and Community History Month in Canary Wharf

Nestled in the heart of Canary Wharf, Lansbury Hotel stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of history that weaves through the local community. As we approach May, we eagerly anticipate the celebration of Local and Community History Month.

What is Local and Community History Month?

Local and Community History Month, celebrated annually in May, serves as a platform to showcase the diverse history of communities across the United Kingdom. It aims to raise awareness of local history, and encourage participation from all members of the community. Activities such as trips and library exhibitions, abound during this month. This offers opportunities for individuals and groups to delve into the rich tapestry of their local past.

Celebrating Local and Community History Month not only enriches our understanding of the past but also serves as a beacon for tourism and economic growth.

Canary Wharf’s History

The story of Canary Wharf traces back to the 17th century, when it began its transformation from marshland to a bustling import and export hub. From 1800 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Canary Wharf thrived as one of the world’s foremost trading ports. This has left behind a legacy that is meticulously preserved at the Museum of London Docklands.

How to Celebrate the Month

Visit the Museum of London Docklands: Explore the history of London and its people at this fascinating museum. Make it a family day out and immerse yourselves in the rich tapestry of our capital’s past.

Take a Free Tour of Lansbury Hotel: Delight in a complimentary tour of our historic establishment. Every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered. Contact us for more information to embark on a journey through time.

Indulge in Historical Films: If time constraints keep you at home, immerse yourself in historical films that bring the past to life. From epic dramas to insightful documentaries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Lansbury Hotel’s History

Surrounded by leafy churchyards and Grade I listed buildings, Lansbury Hotel boasts a rich heritage dating back to 1628, when the East India Company erected its first chapel and almshouses on the site. Over the centuries, the landmark hotel has been witness to significant historical events. This includes the impassioned advocacy of Labour politicians for the welfare of East London residents in the 1890s.

If you would like to find out more about Lansbury Hotel’s history and backstory, why not join us for a free tour of our building? Embark on a journey through the past and explore the legacy of George Lansbury, right here in the heart of London. Please give us a call for more information. 

As Local and Community History Month approaches, let us come together to honour the stories that shape our shared identity. From the bustling streets of Canary Wharf to the tranquil halls of Lansbury Hotel, let’s celebrate the rich tapestry of history that binds us all.


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