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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A nice little community!!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2021

Pros: a perfect little community, all of green open spaces, resturant and small cafes, friendly neighbourhood
Cons: new development so increasing issues, lack of alloted parking spaces, security for delivery packages as they keep on disappearing.

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Pros: a perfect little community, all of green open spaces, resturant and small cafes, friendly neighbourhood
Cons: new development so increasing issues, lack of alloted parking spaces, security for delivery packages as they keep on disappearing.

Design wise – really good, property management team is active as well

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

New apartment, modern furnishings, nice views. Loved it. Nothing further to add.

What is the best feature of your home:

New apartment, modern furnishings, nice views. Loved it

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Overall positive

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date May 2021

Concierge and facilities are improving with the improved transport links and pub opening. One point of concern is the gym being slot based ATM to the point you can only get in if you’re very on it.

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I like the differing designs, think everything looks very modern and fresh. The gym etc are very nice and up to date with the team being incredibly helpful and proactive.

Look forward to the new exciting developments to be completed. Sunday market is a nice touch.

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

Crossrail delays and shop delays since everything seems slow to develop

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

Fairly proactive however sometimes was a bit slow to react.

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Manager Response

Dear JVY

Thank you for your feedback, I’m glad you have experienced the Gym and the Sunday Market, I hope also you have tasted the hot food at the Friday food market.

we are working on lifting the booking system for the Gym over the next month, whilst ensuring we adhere to the government’s guidelines.

We are always looking to improve the development and are open to any feedback from our residents.

Thank you

Phillip Minns

Nothing too special.

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date May 2021

The place is not bad but it suppose to be more amenities and shops to cover all the residents exigencies.
Some residents are very rude and they don’t respect basic rules such us keep the music down especially during the weekends and during the night. Very annoying for the rate of the rent.
Landscape is great but is not enough for a good quality of life.
Nothing special.

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The place is not bad but it suppose to be more amenities and shops to cover all the residents exigencies.
Some residents are very rude and they don’t respect basic rules such us keep the music down especially during the weekends and during the night. Very annoying for the rate of the rent.
Landscape is great but is not enough for a good quality of life.
Nothing special.

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

Noises suppose to be managed better in order to respect everyone.

What is the best feature of your home:

Nice space with good furniture. Nice landscape. Good general conditions.

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Would be perfect if people didn’t litter to much

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Review Date May 2021

Overall it’s a good place. The construction works in front of my building are a little annoying, but that’s okay.

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It’s a pleasant place to live. The river sides views are lovely, and there are endless options for those who like to exercise within Royal Wharf premises. The only downside is that some residents and people around litter a lot, it’s very common finding empty take away bags spread all over the place. I’d say a little more effort on keeping the place clean may reduce people’s motivation to drop litter around.

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

I’d to have been informed about the difficulty to book slots in the clubhouse. There’s not enough slots for all members using the swimming pool, por example

What is the best feature of your home:

The flat design is very new and contemporary. The colours are neutral and allow you to decorate your place the way you want.

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Daer Artemis,

Thank you for your review.

We have a team on-site from 7 am most days employed to carry out litter picking; we have also placed a few additional bins around the development and update the communication portal regularly regarding care and attention when disposing of waste.

I hope your stay at Royal Wharf continues to be a positive one.

With the summer months approaching, the many gardens bloom and with the extra retail space completing in June, we have a very positive future.
Regards

Phillip Minns
Resort Director

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