Hay’s Galleria is a popular shopping and eating venue on London’s South Bank. Originally a warehouse and associated wharf (Hay’s Wharf) for the port of London, it was redeveloped as a visitor attraction in the 1980s.
During the nineteenth century, the wharf was one of the main delivery points for ships bringing tea to the Pool of London. In its heyday, 80% of the dry produce imported into London came through this wharf, bringing it the nickname ‘the Larder of London‘.
With its change from wharf to mall, the former dock area was covered with a floor and the whole space was enclosed with a roof reminiscent of a Victorian railway station, its hoops and lines literally inviting people to step inside.
The resulting handsome structure is now Grade II listed.