PortCities London

The 20th-century port

Regenerating Docklands for the 21st century

London dominant

Lloyds at Leadenhall Street, City of London.
View full size imageLloyd's at Leadenhall Street in the City of London. © NMM
Although London is no longer a major cargo-handling port, it still dominates important aspects of 'invisible' trade and maritime services.

Being at the centre of world time, London benefits from trading with the other major financial markets of Tokyo and New York on the same day.

Multi-billion pound contributor

The financial and business services sector, concentrated in the City of London, contributed more than £20 billion to the United Kingdom's trade balance in 2000.

Maritime services such as ship broking and insurance accounted for almost £1 billion of this total and they employ more than 14,000 people in Britain.

Long-term plans

Water sports centre at Greenland Dock.
View full size imageThe new water sports centre at Greenland Dock, Rotherhithe. © NMM
When the Thames shipping business moved downstream to Tilbury more than 2000 hectares (5000 acres) of the port facilities were left derelict.

In 1971 the Conser