Docklands

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sheepygold
london5,590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
I first came here about 30 years ago when it was derelict and have seen the area propsper. Latterly I worked in a bank here and still visit occasionally even though I left banking some years ago. The area is incredibly vibrant and interesting and there is a great contrast between the old and new as until the middle of the 20th century this area was a working dock so some of the buildings and a lot of the infrastructure is still here.

Docklands is a little out of the way. If you have time I would walk along the river Thames from Tower Bridge on the North bank via Wapping High Street. Allow 2 hours for this 3 mile walk including a stop in an historic pub overlooking the Thames on the way. Alternatively if you are coming from Greenwich take the DLR (best to walk through the foot tunnel first though and get the DLR on the North bank). If you are coming from the City or Tower of London and do not wish to walk take the DLR as the views are great. A riverbus trip here is also a brilliant way to arrive especially if you are coming from Westminster.

Ideally have half a day here and pick a warm Summer day if you can. Start with a visit to the Docklands Museum (free - allow 2 hours), then walk around the old and new buildings to the riverside - through the gardens. Then have a look at the amazing architecture of the Canary Wharf Jubilee Line Station (so large is the space it could fit the main Canary Wharf Tower in on its side!) before looking around the two massive shopping centres.

Finally of you have picked a nice warm day during the Summer months (especially a Thurs or Fri) find an outside bar to eat/drink and watch the sun go down whilst the city workers come out to meet and wind down for the day. Then you will be getting a real London experience.
Written August 16, 2014
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bwanamdevu
Newark-on-Trent, UK353 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Had reason to visit East London and the decaying Docklands area of London about 1981 and not impressed. Couldn't be more different nowadays after the regeneration that has been achieved over the last 20yrs or so with the development of Canary Wharf, the Western Gateway, Excel, City Airport, O2 Arena etc. There is even a University there at Beckton as well as the excellent Docklands Light Railway, the DLR.

All very good but..........I feel it is lacking in warmth. Nice, neat and tidy but what about the people and not just business. Many of the areas do not encourage relaxation. Where are the Dockside parks with trees, grass and benches? Under utilised water for recreation. Near ExCel empty restaurants and businesses. If this was Central London it would be thronged with people, here it was very sparse, a bit like a ghost town at times.

It has grown physically but not organically. Don't get me wrong, I would always prefer to stay in a hotel in the area but then travel into Central London for everything else!
Written July 17, 2017
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WMIM
Horsham, UK3,231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
'Docklands' is not a discrete district of London but refers mainly to the areas east of The City and Bankside which were formerly the 'beating heart' of the world's busiest port, centred on the River Thames downriver from the Tower Bridge.
Some of the actual docks have survived either full or in part. St Katharine Docks just east of the Tower of London were the first to close in 1968 and were developed into a tourist-friendly marina. London docks further east in Wapping soon followed and have disappeared along with most of the Surrey Commercial Docks in Rotherhithe south of the river. On the Isle of Dogs most of the docks have been retained amongst the modern developments. The Royal Docks further east were the last ones to close and around and between them are the Emirates Airline (cable cars over the Thames), the Excel Centre and London City Airport.

The Port of London Authority now operates much larger docks and jetties downriver at Tilbury and further, where bigger vessels can be berthed.

I have explored these areas many times and remember when much was run-down, derelict and unloved. Now, with all the modern developments and its closeness to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park it has become a desirable place to live and work, and has much of interest to the visitor.
Written February 16, 2016
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Daisy T
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
My sister and I had booked to stay at London Liverpool Street but got moved to this branch because of overbooking (which should be illegal in my opinion but hey ho). We turned up to LS to check in at 10pm after a theatre trip and were told there had been a ‘maintenance issue’ and that we had to move. The staff at Docklands the next morning confirmed that this was a lie and that they had just given our room away.

Upon arriving at the Docklands hotel, the rooms were filthy and had not been adequately cleaned AT ALL. There was no coffee in one room, a clogged sink, mouldy walls and one room even had actual human faeces floating in the toilet. How Travelodge can justify charging £86.99 per room when we ended up in the WRONG area of London and in a disgusting room, I will never understand. I have been trying to get a refund all week and keep being told that it’s not a severe enough case for a full refund. What would need to happen in order for me to get a full refund then?? It seems that this quality of service is totally normal for them.

Disgusting.

Do not stay there.
Written May 21, 2022
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Mark 66
Croydon, England, United Kingdom83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
Buzzing place. Lots of places to eat and drink. The DLR and Jubilee Line make it so accessible. Use the DLR to get your bearings first. Admire the architecture and enjoy the buzz at night during the week. Weekends take on a different feel.
Written December 8, 2012
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Dannyc1973
London, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012
I work in the Docklands @ Canary Wharf & have to say this is one of the nicest parts of London with lots of shops, restaurants & bars for socializing or for those who like to be more adventurous there are lots of nice areas to walk around & see the historic past of London's East end.
Written November 20, 2012
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Docklands lie east of the City of London and mostly North of the River Thames. The area has transformed so much and is now a major business centre and an increasingly desirable area to live.
Written May 18, 2017
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
Its worth a visit just to see the transformation of the area over the last 20 years the building are now crisp and clean replaceing run down slum areas
Written October 15, 2015
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Eddie Traub
Staines, UK4,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
Docklands is the new city of london with its international airport its language (cockney) and different markets even its own train service which all make up docklands
Written June 29, 2014
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MikeWells90
Brighton and Hove, UK2,089 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Solo
Built at enormous expense London Docklands is a great missed opportunity to create a really attractive new quarter in London. Many visitors are clearly impressed by the size and quality of materials used in the construction of the area. They fall to appreciate that it could have been so much better with intelligent, imaginative planning. The buildings lack elegance and design imagination. Not one of the buildings approaches the design quality of the Shard at London Bridge. The Shard only emphasizes what might have been achieved at Canary Wharf, if a cluster of elegant, well design buildings had been constructed. Instead Canary Wharf is a group of ill-proportioned, unimaginatively designed office blocks. The use of reasonably competent architects and spending money on good quality materials has avoided any complete architectural disasters. But Canary Wharf is a missed opportunity to create something of outstanding merit.

The retained docks are attractive water features, but their full potential as lively central features of the development has not been used. The former docks are largely surrounded by almost lifeless, sterile developments. The water areas should have been bounded by active uses such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, small shops and water based sports. Instead most of this activities are stuck below ground in an appalling shopping mall, where no-one in their right mind would want to linger.

Very little, if any, public open space has been created. Some small well designed parks could have been laid out alongside part of the former docks frontages. Instead the dock frontages are largely dominated by ranks of office blocks.

London Docklands, especially Canary Wharf is a missed opportunity to create an attractive, lively new quarter in London. It has its good features such as Canary Wharf station and the Docklands Light Railway, but otherwise there is little reason for a tourist to visit.

A visitor to London, who wants to see Canary Wharf for themselves would be best advised to see it from the Docklands Light Railway on their way to or from Greenwich. This way you see all that you need to see in the minimum of time.
Written December 28, 2013
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