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 LIVING

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2022

Great shops and Chicken hub eatery. Good open park with okay closing time. Okay parking availability.

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Nicely constructed buildings. The furnishings are okay but they get damaged easily. The building management can be better definitely. There is an average gym and great study area for occupants. It has good transport links to other areas in London via the DLR trains and buses.

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Wish I know about the scarcity of shops and eateries in the area.

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

It depends. Sometimes, they are quite fast and at other times, they can be very slow.

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EXPENSIVE FOR NOTHING

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Review Date Jun 2022

It’s located at Pontoon Dock station and close to shops like Sainsbury Local and Nisa. Transport links are great, but parking is expensive. There is a great noise cancellation in the building as it is close to an airport. The bin collection is terrible. It’s in a cool area and close to a park.

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It’s a beautiful building. Property management is money motivated. They have reduced the cinema time from 4 hours to 2 hours and they claim that you should pay £15/hr. to watch a 65-inch TV, even cinemas are not as expensive as that. It’s ridiculously expensive to pay more than £2000/month for an apartment and not enjoy any outstanding service.

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I like the proximity to the park. The study area is quiet.

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The response time is disappointing. I expected more from a managed building that collects expensive rent.

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Concierges need some stakeholder management skills!

Review Date Jun 2022

The area is up and coming. So there are other areas with more options for restaurants and bars.

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I love the industrial design on the flat. The facilities are excellent, the only feedback I would give is that I would have preferred having a bigger gym with more equipment (but still really nice to have the small one included).
To be honest I have been pretty unhappy with the building management team. I made a mistake when I changed cars as I forgot to email them about this and hence had a parking ticket come through for parking in bay I was paying for. When I told them about this they basically laughed in my face about it, said it was my fault and wouldn’t even try to speak to the parking ticket company to help me. I was pretty frustrated as I spoke to the company myself and they we’re ably to knock most of the cost of the parking ticket (£20 from £100).
I was quite shocked from how I was treated. If I dealt with my clients at work like this I wouldn’t have a job for very long…
The security guards and cleaners have all been really friendly and kind.

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The concierges aren’t very helpful!

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

Very poorly. As I stated earlier it was very difficult painful with the concierge team and always felt like they were against me (even laughing at me at times…).

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Up and coming but poor development managers

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Review Date Jun 2022

Really good up and coming vibrant area but Ballymore are awful for assisting in building security and upkeep which is a shame. Great amount of shops coming into the area but could do with another supermarket

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Vibrant with loads to do, just let down by theft, upkeep and drug use. Facilities such as the pool and clubhouse also have constant issues. Small things but add up to a lot for the money we pay. Could do with an overhaul especially with the money being paid into the area

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Overkill in price increases and that our view would disappear

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

Very slow since we moved to a different building and poorly managed

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