The Hays Galleria was relatively quiet when I took this panorama, and is not usually this empty, especially at th weekends. The building is light and airy, with a large arched glass roof letting in plenty of sunlight. Every now and then the water feature in the middle of the galleria becomes a fountain and springs to life with various parts of it moving and spouting water.
The Hays Galleria - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Hays Galleria' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Panorama of The Hays Galleria in London. The is a very popular attraction for both shopping and eating, as the gallery contains a number of small boutique shops and niche restaurants. The complex also contains 'Hays Gallery', and thus is known by both names. The Hays Gallery specializes in fine art including paintings, prints and sculptures. The works of numerous modern and new artists are on display here. It is on the south bank of the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, with London Bridge being the closest. Continuing south to Tower Bridge there are a number of other important sites along the river. Just outside The Hays Gallery is the The HMS Belfast, a floating museum, and then the More London Development, the GLA City Hall and Potters Fields Park before arriving at Tower Bridge itself.
The Hays Galleria opened in 1987, part of 'London Bridge City' refurbishment that has created a new landscaped riverside walk, tourist information office and pier. The development has also provided some new commercial space for the area. This part of London used to play an important part in the shipping trade. In the mid 1850's Sir William Cubitt commissioned a new wharf to be built in the area bringing in many tea clippers from India and China. At one point over 80% of London's perishable goods passed through the wharf, which became known as the 'Larder of London'. It is daunting to stand here and thing that at one time the likes of the Cutty Sark and the Golden Hind could have been moored here unloading goods. Within the Hays Galleria is a water feature or fountain shaped like a boat which commemorates the past of Hays Wharf.
The Hays Gallery
London, SE1 2HD
Travel and Getting There:
Tube: London Bridge (Jubiliee Line, City branch of Northern Line), Tower Hill (Circle Line, District Line)