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Canada Water is an area of East London, with a station on the London Underground.
It's on the Jubilee Line - a line which runs from Stanmore in the north, through Central London to Stratford in the East. The station itself is very modern, being as it was built very recently and had plenty of British Tax payers' money thrown at it.

It is upon exiting the station however, that the sense of acute disappointement sets in, for the area itself, aside being home to Associated Newspapers' printing facility and a very scummy shopping centre, is entirely bereft of anything resembling life - you can almost see the bales of straw rolling down the streets - or you could if there were any streets, but there aren't, there's just wasteland.

Ah... It's amazing how little you see of London if you're not prepared to stray more than 10 feet from a tube station. You won't find anywhere named Canada Water on a regular map of London. The tube station is named after a dock, part of which still exists next to the station. The area is in which it stands is now called Surrey Quays. It wasn't always thus. Until the shopping centre opened, the area was called Surrey Docks - the peninsula on which it stands was once the home of the Surrey Commercial Docks, one of the largest dock systems in London. Surrey Docks already had a tube station, on the East London Line, which allegedly the shopping centre's developers persuaded London Underground to rename in honour of their new baby. Surrey Quays was born. After the docks closed in the 1960s, they were filled in, and the land was derelict for many years. In the 1980s the London Docklands Development Corporation waved their magic wand and started to transform the whole area, encouraging the building of housing, park and (yes) the shopping centre. I live about ten minutes from Canada Water tube, so maybe I'm biased, but I'm going to share with you one of London's best kept secrets.
Five minutes walk from the station is Stave Hill - man made, but with perhaps some of the best views of London other than from the London Eye. It's in the middle of a wonderfully peacful and very green park, that used to be a dock. On a summer day, laying on the hill with a good book, you'd never believe you were just a couple of miles from central London. The gazelle is right about the shopping centre though...

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