Fish Island, London

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Fish tail sculptures at the junction of Monier Road and Wansbeck Road

Fish Island is a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, adjacent to or forming part of the area of Hackney Wick. It is home to a mixture of factories, residential flats and, more recently, studios and workshops for those working in creative industries. Fish Island is adjacent to Bow, east of The City Of London. It is bounded by the River Lea, the Hertford Union Canal and the East Cross Route. The island is right next to the Olympic Park with views of the Olympic Stadium.

Once a largely industrial area, the island is currently going through a major regeneration, though numerous industrial units remain. This is partially credited to its proximity to the Olympic Park, on the opposite bank of the Lea. The local planning authority intends to see it developed as a mixed-use community with further land used for housing, employment and open space, and improved access links.

The nearest London Underground stations are Bromley-by-Bow and Bow road tube station.

The closest London Overground is Hackney Wick railway station.

The nearest Docklands Light Railway is Pudding Mill Lane DLR station.

H.Forman & Son, the world's oldest producer of smoked salmon has been based in Fish Island since 1971, at Queens Yard, Hackney Wick. Together with its sister business Forman and Field, producers of gourmet food, it was forced to relocate out of the area following a flood when the Hackney Cut overflowed and flooded Queens Yard. It moved to nearby Marshgate Lane only to find that within one year of relocating, it was forced to move once again as its newly built factory was required for a compulsory purchase, being located on what was to become the running track of the Olympic Stadium. In October 2007 it relocated back to Fish Island and its new premises was officially opened by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The new premises now enjoys a full view of the Olympic stadium and operates a restaurant, hospitality venue in addition to the smoke-house and kitchens and also art gallery, to support the work of the local art community.

Fish Island is home to the Percy Dalton Peanut Factory which has now been largely converted into artist studios.{}

The Fish Island area was originally known to local residents as "the Island" and later Fish Island, in reference to the roads with the names of freshwater fish: Smeed, Dace, Monier, Bream, Roach etc.

Channel 4’s Big Breakfast was broadcast from the Lock Keeper’s Cottage at Fish Island from 1992 to 2002.


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Coordinates: 51°32′22″N 0°01′23″W / 51.5395°N 0.0231°W / 51.5395; -0.0231