Since the demise of the old docks 50 years ago, each of these areas has developed a distinct identity. A planning application to build a pedestrian and cycle bridge to connect affluent Canary Wharf and regenerated Rotherhithe would link the two former dockland areas.
The Evening Standard reports that planning application to build a pedestrian and cycle bridge between the two, expected to be considered this year, would change the relationship, certainly giving a boost to lower-priced and improving Rotherhithe.
Here a second wave of regeneration is creating a new waterfront neighbourhood alongside Canada Water train station, a key interchange for the Jubilee line and the Overground.
Thames Clippers already operates riverbuses between the two but the bridge, which is backed by the mayor and Transport for London and could be ready by 2024, would be convenient for bike-riding and walk-to-work commuters.
The proposed design would create the longest bascule bridge in the world, an elegant, wishbone-like structure that opens to allow tall ships to pass through.
In its heyday, Rotherhithe consisted of various waterways and docks, among them Greenland, Finland, Russia and Canada, denoting the origin of the cargo unloaded there.
During the Eighties, city planners tried to revive the area with a shopping mall and leisure precinct, but together with humdrum low-rise housing, it lacked any sense of place.
Now Southwark council’s masterplan comprises more than a dozen individual projects, including a skyscraper by renowned architect David Chipperfield.
A new high street, or pedestrianised boulevard, running between Canada Water and Surrey Quays train stations is to be created, with “greenways” between Southwark Park and Russia Dock Woodland.