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As anyone who looks at our books will be aware, we love London and are passionate about helping other people to enjoy our city, through cost-free family days out.

 

A good few people have suggested that we write a blog about London things that have caught our attention, captured our hearts or made us think - or all of the above - so here it is.

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A nice spot in London: Hay's Galleria

By Francesca Fenn, Oct 25 2018 01:12PM

Hay's Galleria is on the South Bank, between Tower Bridge and London Bridge. Originally it was Hay's tea Wharf, where 80% of the UK's tea and other dry goods were unloaded. After the dock ceased trading, the wharf was left to fall into disrepair, but in 1987 the buildings were rescued and restored and the spectacular glass roof was added. Now the Galleria is an elegant shopping mall.


For me, the star item in the Galleria isthe wonderful kinetic sculpture 'The Navigators' by David Kemp. Placed slap-bang in the middle of the atrium, this beautiful and slightly strange ship has an assortment of moving and water-squirting parts which operate intermittently - sometimes nothing happens for a minute, but it's always worth waiting to see what happens next.


Nearest station: London Bridge.

A small admireroft The Navigators
A small admireroft The Navigators
The Navigators by David Kemp.
The Navigators by David Kemp.
Hay's Wharf c1910. Thanks to National Maritime Museum, London for use of th
Hay's Wharf c1910. Thanks to National Maritime Museum, London for use of th
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