History The Dickens Inn is an original warehouse building near three iconic landmarks in the city of London, including Tower Bridge, Tower of London and the Shard. The original building is thought to of housed tea or owned by a local brewery, in the 18th century. During the 1820's its timber frame was encased in a modern brick shell reflecting the style of the St Katharine Docks design by the Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford. The building was moved from its original site and was re-built in its present site, using the original timbers, tailboards and ironwork. The pub was reconstructed in the style of an 18th century, three-storey balconied inn. The inn was formally opened by Cedric Charles Dickens, the grandson of the famous writer Charles Dickens, who said that his grandfather would've loved the inn, knowing that he was extremely familiar with the East London and Thameside area.