Royal Docks

Royal Docks Area Guide.

Royal Docks, East London’s booming riverside district, is home to many waterfront bars and restaurants, and even an urban beach in the summer. Once unwanted marshland, the Royal Docks is now one of London’s hottest destinations for property investors.

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Going out

From floating hotels, to award winning restaurants, the Royal Docks has plenty of amenities to explore in your spare time.
A firm favourite is the Sunborn Yacht, London’s floating hotel, restaurant, spa, and bar, located on the Royal Victoria Dock. The Oiler Bar is another slightly alternative venue in the area, offering a unique drinking experience on an ex-Royal Navy refuelling barge.
You’ll also find plenty of international dining options in the Royal Docks, including Thai, Chinese, and Lebanese – try Al Masar for truly authentic Lebanese dishes in a stunning setting. Plus in the winter, food lovers flock to Royal Victoria to sample dishes from the popular street food market.
The area is also home to the impressive Emirates Air Line. This cable car link across the River Thames allows you to take in the views of London landmarks, including Canary Wharf and the O2. This isn’t just another way to get from A to B – there are several ‘experience tickets’ on offer, including an on-board video tour and night flight experience.



A new retail centre with restaurants, bars and cafes is in the works, and is certain to add to the areas growing popularity.
Nearby, residents have Gallians Reach Shopping Park, and Westfield at Stratford City, one of the UK’s largest and most popular shopping destinations.
The iconic Greenwich market is not far away either, and is well within reach by DLR if you fancy a more unique, off the high street shopping experience.


Green spaces

Whilst the Docks are surrounded by around 250 acres of water, the area also boasts plenty of green space.
Visit Beckton District Park for the millennium tree trail, or head to Newham Angling Club for a spot of fishing. The 22-acre Thames Barrier Park is another popular choice, and is home to landscaped gardens, fountains, meadows, and a children’s play area.



E16 benefits from 13 DLR stations, and with Crossrail arriving to Custom House in 2018, the Royal Docks is set to become one of the most well connected areas in London.
London City Airport is just around the corner, offering quick and convenient flights to Europe and New York. Noise is reduced for residents thanks to the use of smaller aircrafts and a ban on night flights.

  • Canary Wharf station – 12 minutes DLR / tube ride)
  • London City Airport – 2 minutes DLR ride
  • North Greenwich – 10 minute DLR / tube ride
  • Bank station – 19 minutes DLR ride
  • Bond Street station – 25 minute DLR / tube ride


Did you know…?

£6 billion of private investment is pouring into the Royal Docks regeneration project, estimated to generate around 15,000 new homes, 8 million sq. ft. of commercial space, and 60,000 new jobs.


What do the locals say?

The area has transformed in recent years, and its now a buzzing place to live, plus the transport links into Canary Wharf and Bank are really quick. – Martin.

I really like the riverside location, especially in the summer when the urban beach arrives! – Chen.

I invested in property here as its so close to Canary Wharf, easy access to Bank, and the future Crossrail – so far I’m not disappointed! – Amir .

The Royal Docks is a really peaceful place to live, plenty of parks and riverside restaurants – Clare.


Royal Docks property

An increasing number of homebuyers and renters are moving eastwards in their property search. Sir Edward Lister, Senior advisor at the Department of International Trade said: ‘The city is moving east and the docks is at the centre of that.’

And with a huge project by Asian investors going ahead, featuring offices and a retail and leisure park, more people are flocking to the area, fuelling demand for property in this East London hotspot.

From breathtaking riverside penthouses to impressive modern developments with plenty of green spaces, we’re equipped to find you your ideal property in the Royal Docks.

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