World by the Water: An Exhibition of Canada Water and Rotherhithe History

Open Today

11:00 - 17:00
World by the Water: An Exhibition of Canada Water and Rotherhithe History

Please join us at the CWM Hub (opposite Tesco) for the upcoming World by the Water exhibition focusing on the history of Canada Water, Rotherhithe and the Surrey Docks. The temporary exhibition is funded by British Land and includes a range of special events (more details below). It will be open from 16 February - 1 March.

The landscape and history of Canada Water, Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks have been shaped over the centuries by water. Once low-lying marshland, this riverside location became a globally important commercial and maritime hub, with links to every part of the world. The exhibition will shine a spotlight on the area and showcase its unique history.

The exhibition has been curated with the generous support of local people and organisations, and especially an advisory group. We hope that both those who know the area well and those less familiar – including the teams working on the Canada Water Masterplan – will enjoy learning and reflecting on the stories which make the place what it is today and will continue to do so in the future.

It will include striking historic images, snapshots in time of places and personalities and personal memories and voices. 

The exhibition is free of charge. Visitors of all ages and interests are welcome.

Opening times

Dates: Friday 16 February to Thursday 1 March 2018

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 3.30 – 7.30pm

Tuesdays: 10am – 2pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 11am – 5pm

Special Free Events at the CWM Hub

Workshop | Making a paper fleet 

Friday 16 February 3.30pm – 5.30pm

In partnership with Time and Talents ‘Crafty Beasts’, this free drop-in origami (paper folding) workshop will allow people to help build a fleet of paper ships in the Hub with origami expert Toshiko Kurata- all ages welcome.

The Friday Social

Friday 23 February 1.00pm – 3.00pm

In association with Time and Talents, join the 60+ club to explore the World by the Water exhibition and share personal stories of the local area.

Workshop | Crafty Beasts

Friday 23 February 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Come along to this fun intergenerational arts and crafts session, hosted with Time and Talents in association with World by the Water. 

Talk | Clippers: The final days of Rotherhithe shipbuilding

Wednesday 28 February 7.15pm

Speaker: Andie Byrnes

Join Andie Byrnes from the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society for a free talk on Rotherhithe’s ships and their builders.

No booking is required. The Society warmly welcomes visitors and new members- to find out more about the group, please visit

General opening times


Store opening times may vary. Food, cinema and leisure will be open later – please check retailer websites for further details.

Additional opening times

Store opening times may vary. Food, cinema and leisure will be open later – please check retailer websites for further details.

Please note that some retailers may vary from these times.

Search below for the shop details or view the full list of retailers

Getting here

Surrey Quays
Redriff Road
SE16 7LL
020 7237 5282
  • Car

    Surrey Quays is located a quarter of a mile from the southern exit of the Rotherhithe tunnel, 2 miles from Tower Bridge. Enter SE16 7LL into your SatNav device. 

  • Train

    You can catch overground trains from Dalston Junction and West Croydon directly to Surrey Quays station.

    You can also take the Jubilee line to Canada Water station, which is situated on the edge of our car park. Journey times are 3 minutes from Canary Wharf, 10 minutes from Whitechapel and 15 minutes from Stratford.

  • Bus

    London Bus services to the centre include: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10 and P12.


Pick up your Amazon order at Surrey Quays. The lockers are located opposite the toilets on the ground level. 

We have a great car wash and valet service at Surrey Quays. You will find the car wash located adjacent to the main entrance doors within the red zone of our car park.

Click & Collect services are available from a whole range of retailers at Surrey Quays - please refer to our 'Click & Collect' page for a list of retailers offering this service. 

Many of our stores offer gift cards, so you don't have to struggle with searching for the perfect present. Just ask in-store for more details. 

There is a petrol station next to Tesco.

There isn't a Shopmobility service but wheelchairs are available for hire free of charge from the Security Office, located just past the Management office. Please note identification is required.

Surrey Quays is a WorldHost Recognised Business. The world-class customer service training programme is recognised throughout the UK for its commitment to customer service.


Public facilities can be found on the ground and first floors of the centre and also within Tesco.

Cash points are located within HSBC and Halifax, as well as outside of Tesco. 

We have a noticeboard located outside of Tesco where you can advertise non-commercial events and activities of a local community nature.

To make use of this facility, simply bring along an A4 laminated advert to the Centre Management office and we will display your advert on the board for you. Please call by the Centre Management office for more information. 

We have 1,300 free* parking spaces available including disabled spaces and bays for parents with toddlers.

*for up to 4 hours; No return within 2 hours

Any vehicle on site over the 4 hour maximum stay period will be liable to a parking charge as displayed on the signage on site.

For any parking queries please contact
To appeal Parking Charge Notices you must follow the appeals process which can be processed online or by post;
Post: High View Parking Ltd, PO BOX 3573, Barnet, EN5 9QA

We are proud that our car park has been issued the Park Mark, an award given by the Police to car parks that have achieved the standards of the Safer Parking Scheme, designed to reduce crime in car parks.

Our Quiet Room is located on the ground floor adjacent to the public toilets. The room is a retreat for reflection, solitude and contemplation and is available for customers, guests and staff.

Our British Heart Foundation textile bins are located outside Surrey Quays between the two main entrances. 

Please feel free to take home any book that you would like to read. If you've finished a book, we would invite you to donate it to this library for others to enjoy. The library is on the ground floor heading towards the Centre Management office.

Public facilities can be found on the ground and first floors of Surrey Quays and also within Tesco.

At Surrey Quays, we now offer a FREE BT Wi-fi service to all our shoppers. Wi-fi is also available in Tesco and Starbucks.