Royal Docks

Once an important trade hub, the Royal Docks is now a thriving waterfront neighbourhood in its own right, packed with high-rise residential blocks, offices, hotels and restaurants. It gets its name from three docks – the Royal Albert Dock, the Royal Victoria Dock and the King George V Dock. The ward is in the borough of Newham, with a prime spot on the River Thames. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Royal Docks. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Royal Docks.

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Very Good

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Best places to live in Royal Docks

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Royal Docks at sunset

What’s there to do at the Royal Docks?

One of London’s biggest regeneration areas, the Royal Docks is a hive of activity. Victorian pubs and independent eateries sit alongside contemporary offerings such as Gallions Reach shopping centre; home to high street names like Topshop and River Island, chain restaurants and a Tesco supermarket.

Culture buffs living here will be in their element, thanks to a packed schedule of exhibitions and pop-up displays. This is the home of the legendary ExCel Centre, after all, which hosts world-famous events like Comic-Con and Oceanology International. Close by, you’ve got theatrical classes and performances at the Royal Wharf Community Dock centre. And a myriad of sports facilities on offer at SportsDock.

It’s not all about indoor activities here, either. Big-hitters are the Thames Barrier Park and the Wakeup Docklands centre – the latter is a one-stop-shop for wakeboarding, paddle boarding and paddle board yoga. Alternatively, try open-water swimming in the river for an exhilarating burst of energy you’d never find in the gym.

New development flats in the royal docks

Commuting from the Royal Docks

When the Elizabeth Line is complete, Royal Docks residents will be able to reach Liverpool Street in just 11 minutes from Custom House. Until then, there are no less than 11 DLR stations serving the area, along with the Emirates Air Line. There’s a great network of walking and cycling routes available to get you from A to B, as well. And London City Airport makes jetting off for business or pleasure a doddle.

Royal Docks property

If you’re looking for a skyscraper with real wow factor, consider Royal Victoria Residence and Hoola, developments from City & Docklands Property Group and HUB Residential. Both are striking, ultra-contemporary towers with great transport links.

“The apartment is really great – modern, good quality and attractive. It’s also really spacious and this is what really swayed me – I looked at lots of other apartments but this one definitely had the most space.” – Anon, verified resident at Royal Victoria Residence

“In my building there is 24 hour security which allows me to feel very comfortable and safe in my home. The apartment space itself has a beautiful layout and (has) amazing views. There is also a dressing area which add to its modern feel. I love the electronic applications.” – Anon, verified resident at Hoola

“Really like the apartment – it’s new, modern and spacious. Everything works well.” – Michele, verified resident at Royal Victoria Residence

Royal Victoria Docks is another contender, just a hop from the ExCel and with a supermarket right next door…

Easy access to central london, close to the station and very nice area for the kids.” – Bartha, verified renter at Royal Victoria Docks

Interior design enthusiasts should take a look at Royal Docks West, whose apartments and studios were dreamt up by the esteemed Johnson Ribolla. This property will also be the closest to Custom House Crossrail station when it’s complete.

New residential flats on the royal docks

Even more developments…

For a real community feel, Waterside Park is a real gem – a joint venture from Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and the Greater London Authority. This collection of low-rise buildings contains almost 800 apartments and townhouses, all surrounded by well-tended gardens.

Ballymore’s Royal Wharf offers a similar feel on a more grandiose scale, with more than 3,385 units and a purpose-built market square and high street.

“Great new area for young professionals and families, good crowd and lots of great amenities
We also have great views good services concierge and a mail room for parcels when you’re not in. Friendly staff and very safe.” –
Royalwharf1, verified resident at Royal Wharf

Another HomeViews reviewers’ best places to live in Royal Docks is Barrier Point, a Barratt Homes development near London City Airport…

“The location is very convenient, accessibility to transportation, the parks and schools are close by for the kids, overall I like Barriers Point, the rooms are soundproof having been located next to the airport is advantageous.” – Charles, verified resident at Barrier Point

“Great development with a lot of parking and a family friendly feel. The pontoon dock dlr station is very close by and in walking distance. Some new shops have opened up such as sainsburys and a Starbucks.” – Ryan, verified resident at Barrier Point

You can find out more about living in the area by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in Royal Docks. Moreover, If there’s a property that you can’t see on HomeViews, you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Royal Docks

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Nice neighborhood with few issues

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2022

It is a rather new development with several buildings dedicated just for rentals. We lived in Harland Heights building overlooking the river Thames. Since the neighborhood is still rather new, there’s not too much commercial options, but there is a vegan coffee shop and a nice Indian restaurant. There are several art studios with an art gallery having exhibitions from time to time.

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The 1 bed flat we stayed in was really nice, at the corner of the building overlooking the private courtyard. It was quite spacious for a 1 bed. The management was not bad, but the ownership changed earlier this year so folio isn’t the owner anymore, but a company called Cortland. We didn’t have much of a need to contact the management too often, but when we had to, we would find a resolution sooner or later to the issue.

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Maybe a petty thing, but the local co-op was next to the concierge up until late 2020, before they moved next to the DLR station, a bit further away.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

We had free small repairs that had to be addressed and most of them were actioned.

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Avoid Adlay apartments at all cost!

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Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2022

The staff are very unhelpful aggressive and very disrespectful we were one of the first tenants to move in after allowing there apartments to deteriorate even after many request to resolve issues they simply don’t care other than there rent. I would avoid renting this place if you want a peaceful home I would also like to attend that they are happy to inform solicitors over the smallest things avoid avoid avoid. !!

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Though it was a new development, bad management, rasict behaviour and haphazard facilities make this development very disappointing I regret moving in and regret wasting my money here.

The staff are very unhelpful aggressive and very disrespectful we were one of the first tenants to move in after allowing there apartments to deteriorate even after many request to resolve issues they simply don’t care other than there rent. I would avoid renting this place if you want a peaceful home I would also like to attend that they are happy to inform solicitors over the smallest things avoid avoid avoid. !!

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That this place was a waste of money and a I’ll managed development

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

No none. They promise to solve issues but refused to get them actually dealt with after sending an number of different engineers which if you are working will cause delays as many will not be able to access your property without you being present just then to be told that there is nothing they can do or they will get back to you and months later still nothing has been done about the issues you have reported management of this building are truly in experience and unable to look after this building adequately. At the time of writing this review the building manager is very rude and refuses to be helpful I know a couple of residents have mentioned that her behaviour to the certain residents have been borderline aggressive and some have even described her behaviours / actions as racist.

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Not Child Friendly

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Review Date Aug 2022

Do not move here if you have a children !
Residents constantly complain about the noise innocent children make .
The road (Atlantis Avenue) is hardly cleaned residents dump there rubbish on the roadside.
Parties are constantly happening and nothing is done about it . NO PARKING available
Flower beds hardly touched the courtyard sprinklers don’t even work
Service Charge is SKY high still trying to figure out what exactly I’m paying for !

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Absolutely useless they don’t take action to certain things hence the reason why I’m writing this review!
Rendall and Ritner prefer to respond back by email ! ( just about ) No decency to pick up the phone to return any of my calls

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The rules and regulations implemented by Rendall and Ritner are ridiculous . Not a place to move if you have a family with small children or planning on having children

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Still waiting and don’t think I will ever get a response.
I might after this review is published

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Overall, satisfied

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Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2022

Overall, Royal Albert Wharf is a very nice development. There is a decent amount of cafe, restaurants and shopping centres available to stay within the community. The river view is probably the most attractive feature but also easy accessibility to the DLR with the help of the Elizabeth Line, this has made life easy. The downside is the smell from the Beckton Sewage, if this could be resolved then this could improve life here. You find anti-social on the odd occasion though I feel management can do more in terms of employing the right security so residents feel safe.

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The design of the buildings are good. The size of the apartments are the strongest features. You get an equal proportion size for every room including the storage.

The amenities could be better. The paint on the walls are low quality and so peel off easily, quality of the bathroom faucets need to be upgraded.

Property Management isn’t too great! The customer service could be better in terms of helping home owners by being prompt in their responses and ensuring buildings are cleaned to the highest standard given the service charges. Though I would say, regular newsletters and the recent events organised within the community have been quite good.

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Parking is a nightmare around here. If you don’t own a bay then the chances of you getting a parking space is low. Particularly if you have guests.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Sometimes they are prompt. Sometimes issues take time to resolve for example a faulty lift should be fixed on the same day.

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