Guide type: Area Guide
7th July 2015
Plans have been put in place for ABP London to transform Royal Albert Dock into London’s next big financial district. When all construction has been completed, this will be a revolutionised location with offices and a retail and leisure park. The Royal Docks really is the place to watch.
Just a five minute walk from Canning Town station and 20 minutes from the Royal Docks, St Luke’s Square will offer the perfect investment opportunity for those looking for commutability to the City and Canary Wharf, as well as the promise of regeneration-driven growth.
Having previously sold-out in 2010, Galliard is proud to now be offering an exceptional selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments; the majority of which will boast dual-aspects and access to a private patio/terrace area.
Royal Gateway is a deluxe development by Galliard Homes that consists of 336 apartments spanning across five building blocks. In the middle of this development there will be a pedestrianised walkway in a market-style which will add to the lively atmosphere and feeling of community within the development.
The apartments will provide some of the most fantastic views of London’s skyline, as well as plush interiors guaranteeing a sense of pure luxury. Other features will include a fully-integrated Smeg kitchen and CCTV monitoring to the courtyard and entrance areas.
The history of the Royal Docks is incredibly interesting as it has seen a variety of highs and lows over the last century. The three docks were finally completed between 1855 and 1921 and brought nothing but good things to the city as it fast became London’s main dock in the beginning of the 21st century. The Royal Docks were home to refrigerated warehouses, granaries and other industrial buildings. However, things changed in 1926 when the general strikes in London cut off the electricity supply which was a threat to the mammoth amount of frozen meat that was being kept in the warehouses. Fortunately, the Royal Navy came to the rescue and used the generators of a few submarines to produce power for the warehouses. The Royal Docks were also affected extremely badly by bombing in the Second World War and ultimately closed to commercial traffic in 1981 which caused a lot of upset and unemployment.
A trip to the Royal Docks means that you are in for some pleasing culinary delights, as there is such an impressive range of cuisines to choose from. Fancy some Lebanese? Then Al Masar is the place to go because it offers up some delicious and authentic Lebanese food and you get to enjoy it while taking in a beautiful riverside view. For something a little more simple yet satisfying then The Crystal Café is a wonderful choice. It is an award-winning restaurant that sits overlooking Royal Victoria Dock and is located within popular attraction The Crystal. It offers an excellent selection of home-made salads, bistro-style sandwiches and freshly baked cakes and treats.
There are also various places to go and enjoy some cocktails, such as the trendy W XYZ bar which is a place to be excited about because it is so versatile, offering both cool acoustic music, which you can bop away to, or upbeat DJs so you can cut some shapes with your friends. Docklands Bar and Grill is another restaurant that lovers of the river should all visit; the floor to ceiling windows allow for fabulous views of the river and Canary Wharf, making your dining experience all the more pleasurable. The menu consists of a mix of British and European food as well as a tempting array of cocktails to choose from.
Close to Royal Albert DLR station, Beckton District Park is a haven which is the closest that you will get to the Mediterranean in East London because of the quaint shingle beach and big lake. This luscious area of greenery is a place to enjoy the wonders of nature because of its lovely large meadow and flourish of wild flowers come the summer season. This is always an ideal place to spend some time with the family because children can be superbly entertained by the millennium tree trail, plus there is also the opportunity to dust off those fishing rods and become a new member of the Newham Angling Club.
The ExCel Exhibition Centre is a great asset to the area of the Royal Docks because it is the primary venue for hosting award winning exhibitions, launches of new products and sporting events, to name a few. In fact, this centre is set to host Sibos 2019 which is a huge financial services event, as well as hosting London’s triathlon in the summer and even a street food exhibition and conference in the autumn.
The Crystal is an extremely interesting place for anybody who is particularly interested in architecture because it offers the world’s largest exhibitions about what the future holds for cities.
The Emirates Air Line is an amazing opportunity to observe the city from a different perspective, in a cable car link above the river Thames. Take in the spectacular views of your favourite London landmarks such as The O2, The Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf. You do not know what you are missing out on until you have experienced this fabulous tour.
Being only a short distance away, The O2 is the perfect place to go for some entertainment, especially if you travel there with the Emirates Airline cable cars. Running between the Royal Docks and North Greenwich, journeys only take a mere 10 minutes. The O2 Arena is the place to go to see various big artists in the music industry and other performances too. There is also a phenomenal collection of bars and restaurants there that will leave you spoilt for choice.
Royal Albert DLR station
Custom House DLR station
Royal Victoria DLR station
Prince Regent DLR station.
Make it to Stratford in 13 minutes and Canary Wharf in less than 20 minutes.
Custom House Crossrail station in 2018
Royal Arsenal Woolwich Peer – Canary Wharf in 29 minutes and London Bridge in 42 minutes.