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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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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Good facilities

Review Date Jan 2021

I live how quiet the area is but it can be busy

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I love they type of building facilities and projects they are making for my area. It makes the area more lively and more suitable for younger people to come and gentrify the area. Which then leads to places being regenerated

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How busy it gets when it is rush hour

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

They have by changing the water system in the area

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My town

Review Date Jan 2021

I really like the area because it is very open but the traffic is too loud at night.

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The development of the area is really good and also breath taking. But the thing is that the houses inside feel a bit stuffed and is not the best for people who feel claustrophobic. Also if there is an emergency then it might be a bit hard for the emergency service.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

They are a bit slow.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

One thing I would change is to put the living room with kitchen.

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My Overall Review

Review Date Jan 2021

the area is very peaceful but sometimes in special events or rush hours, its quite noisy, but other than that, it very peaceful
one of the things that I really like is the cleanliness, there are ins everywhere so you don’t have to litter.

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The facilities are great because there are lots of bus stations around, underground metros and minicab callers there are also lots of portable toilets.
the buildings around are very clean and well built, there are lots of high quality properties to rent for cheap prices, the councils are very good, the area overall has lots of facilities

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That sometimes there are a lot of gang fights and the air is slightly more polluted than in my old place.

that the car parks are mostly filled out.

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

The building management is very active and responds to requests and problems as soon as in week

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Local residents point of view

Review Date Jan 2021

I really like the local area for the amount of different places I can go to and different stuff I can do. Before COVID-19 I was able to meet people from all sorts of countries around the world.

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The properties in my local area are really modernistic and follow a nice city apartment style. I am a huge supporter of this and would be happy for it to continue.
However there is a lot of construction in the area and that’s one thing that could really improve. It doesn’t look as good as it’s potential and also as useful as it could really be.

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One thing you could know about the area is how friendly neighbours are. Although me and my neighbours live a very face paced busy life we consistently make time for each other. The pandemic has also brought us close together as I was able to help them and it gave us lots of free time at home

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