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Limmo Peninsula
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Limmo Peninsula
Location within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ394810
  Charing Cross 5.65 mi (9.1 km)  W
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district E16
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
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51°30′39″N0°00′30″E / 51.5109032°N 0.0082751°E / 51.5109032; 0.0082751 Coordinates: 51°30′39″N0°00′30″E / 51.5109032°N 0.0082751°E / 51.5109032; 0.0082751

The Limmo Peninsula is an area of Canning Town in the London Borough of Newham in London's East End. It lies on the east bank of Bow Creek at the mouth of the River Lea near Leamouth. [1] [2]



Created in the 1990s, the nearby Bow Creek Ecology Park was formerly known as the Limmo Peninsula Ecological Park. [3]


It was the primary work site for the eastbound tunnel boring machines for Crossrail. [1] [2] Archaeologists working on the Crossrail site in 2012 uncovered remains of the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company. [4] [5]

In 2018, Sadiq Khan announced that, following the completion of Crossrail works in 2018, the 12-acre site would be developed for housing – with over 1,500 new homes. The site is currently owned by Transport for London, with income from the project reinvested into the transport system. [6] [7]


It is located to the west of Canning Town. The River Lea forms an 'S' shape bend with the Leamouth Peninsula surrounded by Newham on three side and connected to Tower Hamlets to the south.

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  1. 1 2 "Limmo Peninsula". Crossrail. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. 1 2 "'Places and Spaces: Property Development on the Crossrail Route" (PDF). Crossrail Ltd. Retrieved 26 December 2017. The Limmo site is located in the Canning Town area. It has a rich naval heritage with the historic Thames Ironworks operating on this site up until 100 years ago. This is Crossrail’s primary work site for the eastbound tunnel boring machines. The Limmo site adjoins the Canning Town underground and Docklands Light Railway station ...
  3. "Leamouth, Tower Hamlets". Hidden London. Retrieved 7 February 2018. ... the Bow Creek ecology park (previously the Limmo Peninsula ecological park) is a wildlife haven...
  4. "Crossrail dig uncovers historic Limmo Peninsula shipyard remains". BBC. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  5. "The Thames Iron Works 1837–1912: a major shipbuilder on the Thames investigated". Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA). Retrieved 8 August 2018. Several important components of the yard were investigated at a Crossrail site on the Limmo peninsula...
  6. "Mayor plans neighbourhood on tunnel site". BBC News. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  7. "Mayor announces largest TfL site so far for major housing boost". London City Hall. Retrieved 6 February 2018.