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Your Docklands Area Guide


Sitting across vast swathes of East and South London, the Docklands area occupies space through several of the Capital’s boroughs including, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Greenwich. The docks were formerly part of the Port of London, which through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was classed as one of the world’s busiest shipping ports.

Following the closure of the docks in the 1970s, the area fell into disrepair and became derelict by the 1980s. This prompted successive governments to open the area up to investment for regeneration, with various property developers muscling in on what has now become the only undeveloped stretch of land in London.

Areas such as Royal Wharf on the north bank of the River Thames have become residential and commercial hotspots, along with neighbouring districts such as Silvertown. Both have benefited from billions in investment, with Royal Wharf essentially being a new town built from the ground up. As a part of the regeneration project in that section of the docklands, 3,385 new residences are being built, as well as a new high street, primary school and DLR station.

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Spending the night in a former prison doesn’t sound so appealing but there’s one in Docklands that will certainly make you rethink that. The Good Hotel, was formerly a detention centre for illegal immigrants in the Netherlands, but has now been transformed into 144-room boutique barge that serves local food and beer and features a green roof inspired by New York City's High Line. After docking in 2016 a short away from the grand ExCel London, £110-a-night will seem like a bargain to be locked up on your own accord.

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During the 2012 Olympics, the Broadcast and Press Centres in Stratford became a 24-hour media hub, broadcasting to an estimated four billion people across the globe. The 1.2 m square-foot campus, now known as Here East, is now home to thousands of businesses.

As much of Silvertown and Royal Wharf continue to be developed, most of the places to eat and drink can be found on the northern side of the Royal Docks. Pubs such as the Docklands Bar & Grill and Top 1 Forever are a decent option for a proper sit-down mean, while The Custom House Pub and The Oiler Bar are better if you’re just stopping for a drink.

Being right by the River Thames, it would be a travesty not to include something to do on one of the world’s most famous stretches of water. So with that in mind, we’d think The Docklands Sailing & Watersport Centre would be perfect for a team-bonding session or a great day out with the family. While you can take up the beginners’ lessons for sailing, they also have a variety of other watersports on offer, including dragon boating, rowing, canoeing and powerboating.

When it comes to fine-dining in this district, head to Canary Wharf on the DLR to Plateau. Surrounded by the vast crystalline skyline of West India Quay, it will serve French cuisine with a contemporary twist from head chef Jeremy Trehout, while its bar and grill offer a more relaxed setting to accommodate for every mood.

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Did you know?
  • During the Second World War, the Port of London was the most heavily bombed civilian target in the UK, with more than 25,000 bombs landing across the Docks over the course of the war. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said it has been involved with 450 "items of German WWII air-delivered ordnance" since 2010, which equates to 60 disposals per year.
  • The Chinese government launched a £1.7 billion investment programme into London’s northern Docklands – specifically the Royal Albert Docks – building an Advanced Business Park (ABP) in a bid to turn the area into London’s “third financial district”. The project is spread out over six phases and is expected to be completed by 2026.
  • Silvertown has had £3.5billion invested into regeneration projects across the area since 2015. More than 7,000 homes are to be built by 2020, while a proposed 200,000 square feet of commercial space and 80,000 square feet of retail space are also planned for the area


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