Posted by: hiddenlondon | February 4, 2014

Frost Fairs at the Museum of London Docklands


If you think this winter has been bad, 200 years ago the Thames froze so solidly that market stalls and entertainments sprang up on the ice, as Londoners did what they do best and made the most of an opportunity!

The 1814 frost fair was actually the last of its kind, as changes to the river embankments and the building of London Bridge changed the flow of the Thames and made it far less likely to freeze.

These fairs are currently being celebrated at an exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, which includes contemporary illustrations of the fairs and artefacts such as a piece of gingerbread which was sold at the fair wrapped in its blue paper.

Frozen Thames: Frost Fair 1814
Until 30 March 2014
Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL – See more at:


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