Hay's Galleria review
The most interesting thing about Hay's Galleria is what you can no longer see: the dock. It's just a posh shopping arcade these days, but 150 years ago it was called Hay's Wharf and its floor was the sea, drawing water in off the Thames.
Try and picture the beautiful old clipper ships inching inside to unload their Indian tea, because that's what Hay's Galleria really is: some old warehouses around a disappeared dock. And that boat sculpture in the middle is supposed to be a memory of what it was.
The riverfront was much better looking in those days. They had dock cranes, crates and clipper ships, and all we have are a few cafes and clothes shops and a caravan selling salad baps and bagels.
That's progress for you.
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