Isle of Dogs was once a thriving community for dock workers before it became a purpose-built business district. The community began in the 70s. The traditional East End Dockers had the same needs as the modern bankers with property, but times are not the same with this side of London. With a large number of properties going up, this makes is a great location to rent a property investment on short-term lettings platforms such as HomeAway. This happens to be home to the capital’s second largest building – One Canada Square – The Shard taking the first place.
This area was a sparse marshland at first until the 13th century. A huge flood swept everything in the 15th century. It was late until the 19th century that urbanization started.The area was dogged by long drawn out battles for many years between the dockers and employees. Before, it linked central London on the London and Blackwall Railway; but it now links up through the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
The area got the name “Isle of Dogs” in 1520. Samuel Pepys described it as the ‘unlucky Isle of Dogs’ in the 1660s. It is not clear the origin of the name despite harking back half a millennium. Furthermore, not so much is known about the history of the area before the last hundred years or so. Marshland mostly flooded the area frequently.
But how did the area get the canine etymology? It is said that the king kept his hunting dogs kenneled within this place. You may not know which king is being referred to. But in this case, the royals lived in Greenwich, which was right across the river which was more than two centuries. To make a better guess, it is important to understand that Henry VIII was a hunting fan.
It is interesting that Canary Wharf, the neighboring area, had a canine roots in the name. This has nothing to do with yellow birds, however, it got its name from the Canary Islands. This was the origin of many of the ships that docked here. And with the many dogs that used to roam the islands, the Canary Island was named after the Spanish for “Dog”