Strangest Items Brought Back From Holiday with Store That Canary Wharf

We’ve all done it, jetted off on a summer holiday keen to explore a brand new, exciting place and come back with more souvenirs than we actually need.

But how many of you have brought back a carrier bag full of sheared sheep’s wool or a stuffed hamster in your suitcase?

As a storage company in London, we have seen our fair share of weird and wonderful objects being put into self-storage. Store That Canary Wharf have put together a list of the weirdest items people have brought back from their travels.

Framed pictures of dead cats

When going through airport security, a woman from Sheffield was found to have pictures of her dead cats in her suitcase. When asked why she had them, she told airport staff that they went everywhere with her as she regarded them as ‘part of the family’ and liked to put them up in her room.

240 Live Fish – We’ll admit snorkeling is pretty fun, but it’s best the fish are left where they were – for your (and their) sake! While most airlines will actually let you ship your new fishy friends home via cargo. Don’t be the guy who was flying back home to Lancashire when he was spotted with 240 fish in four large hard-sided suitcases that were filled with nothing but water and fish!

Samurai Sword – If you’re ever in doubt of what you can and cannot bring with you on the plane, look it up! This could have saved a lot of time to passengers at a Boston airport when a man attempted to board a plane with a samurai sword in his bag.

Songbirds – At LAX airport, the Department of Justice detained a man who tried to smuggle songbirds into the US in his trousers. More than a dozen of the birds were strapped to his legs as he walked out of Los Angeles Airport before being stopped by security.

Greek Statues – Airport security found two rare, ancient Kouros statues dating back to the 6th century B.C that had once been displayed inside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, in a man’s suitcase. The marble artifacts were confiscated from antiquities smugglers who were arrested near Corinth.

While we hope you aren’t bringing back stolen artifacts and live animals, if you come back to from your holiday and realise you don’t have space for all your holiday keepsakes, why not use Store That’s self-storage?

Maybe you have a surfboard you cannot store in your garden shed, or an expensive dish you couldn’t bear to break. Based in the heart of East London, our storage units in E14 come in a wide range of sizes, ranging from 20 – 150 sqft. Store That’s two acre site is secured with full CCTV coverage and 24 hour in-house security, meaning your belongings will be safe with us.

To find out more information about Store That London Docklands’ self-storage services, call 0207 5151 300.

Making Space for Your Summer Guests with Self Storage

For many, summer is the time to catch up with friends and family; enjoying the luxuries brought with the season including warm weather and endless sunshine. But enjoying this time of year could be made easier with the help of self storage!

Splashing about in the paddling pool and sipping cocktails on your brand new decking is all well and good until you realise you have to actually host your guests for the night – and there’s years worth of junk piled in the spare room!

Well, Store That Canary Wharf have a solution to your problem in the form of our handy storage units!

Using self-storage is an easy and inexpensive way of freeing up that spare room without chucking away any of your important bits and bobs like those receipts from three years ago and clothes you have been meaning to get rid of for years – it’s okay we all have them!

But how can you find the right self storage company to keep your valuables for the summer? Store That London Docklands offer a secure site with CCTV and 24 hour in-house security along with a range of storage units in many different sizes.

Alongside this, there are plenty of other reasons why we’re great including:

● Accessible – With our site being based right in the heart of London Docklands, those who are local to East London can easily pop down to our factory. We are open Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm. Not only is our site easy to access but we have number of storage options including drive-up units and ground floor units that make moving their belongings stress-free.

Flexible – We want to make the self storage experience as easy as possible for our clients. That’s why we don’t tie them down to unnecessarily long contracts! Store That Canary Wharf has the option for temporary contracts as well as typical short and long storage contracts.

● One-Stop Shop – As well as our large range of self storage options, we can provide all your packing needs such as padlocks, bubble wrap, tape and furniture covers, at a reasonable cost.

● Expertise – With over 65 years of experience in the handling, packing and self-storage industry, Store That are more than capable in storing and protecting your belongings And with the money you save using our secure self-storage in E14, you could even freshen up your spare room with a lick of paint and new furniture!

To find out more information about Store That’s storage solutions, call 0207 5151 300 or get in touch here.

Welcome Aboard! Store That Canary Wharf Present 12 New Shipping Containers

All hands on deck! Store That have just installed a brand new row of “upper deck”  20 sea containers to our existing fleet of self-storage units.

Keeping in mind, these units were originally built to sail the high seas for at least 15 years, on open decks and in blustery conditions, whilst being lashed with salt water! Our brand-new shipping containers come complete with vented sides and industrial grade anti-condensation paint to the underside of the roof to protect them against the elements.

Sitting on top of our existing shipping containers, these new “upper deck” containers gives you even more protection against flooding, compared to our other storage solutions.

But you may be wondering, ‘who would ever need such a big storage space?’ Well, you will be surprised!

We have had different types of customers make use of this equipment including tradesmen, collectors/hobbyists, large house moves and local offices. Some of the uses of our shipping containers are:

  • Spare Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Old Furniture
  • Unique Collector’s Items i.e. vintage guitars or valuable paintings.
  • Specialist Equipment i.e. agricultural or construction equipment.

We also offer a racking out service if required, fabulous for box files and knick-knacks.

Store That Isle of Dogs provide a variety of secure storage units in E14, including drive up units and standard storage units. To suit all of our customers specific needs, our units range from sizes 20-150sqft and are fully protected by CCTV coverage and 24-hour inhouse security to guarantee your belongings’ safety.

So, if you are in need of a spotlessly clean and dry, capacious unit in a central location with excellent staff service and a secure premises, please give us a call on 0207 5151 300 or email

26th – 2nd – Holiday Storage: What is it? And Why Should You Use it? Store That Canary Wharf Talks

For the lucky few jetting off to exotic destinations this summer, you will understand the amount of prep that goes on before you even land on the sunny shores of the Bahamas or embrace the sweltering heat in Morocco.

In fact, if packing wasn’t stressful enough, you have to worry about the safety and state of the belongings you leave behind. Did you leave the iron on? Is the backdoor locked? Did we hide the laptop?

Well, Store That London Docklands have a solution to take the stress out of holiday preparation, and it’s renting out our secure storage units in E14. This is particularly useful if you are going away for weeks or months at a time. While it may seem like an extra faff, holiday storage with us ensures your belongings are kept in a secure location while your enjoying the sun on some tropical island. Most definitely making the pre-holiday rush a stress-free time for you and your family.

75% of burglaries occur when the property is unoccupied or when the ownersare away. It is shocking figures like this one that show that your empty home provides burglars with the perfect opportunity, so wouldn’t you feel safer knowing that all of your valuables are protected in our storage units?

Established 65 years ago, Store That offer a secure site in the heart of East London with constant CCTV coverage and 24-hour in-house security. We provide a wide variety of storage units in sizes from 20 – 150sqft, at either ground level or first floor as well as drive up units Canary Wharf.

Our team has years of expertise in this field, specializing in the handling, packing and wholesale of raw materials in the storage industry. That means over our six decades of running, we are more than capable of storing and shipping goods from around the world.

For more information about our storage services in East London, call 0207 5151 300 or email

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