Royal Docks

A Guide to Living in 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.

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 in Royal Docks 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.

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 resident 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.

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’ favourite 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

Want to learn more about living in the Royal Docks? Click on the developments below to read reviews from real Royal Docks residents.

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Good Experience and Nice place to stay…

I really like that is is a very safe and quiet place to live. The flats are very modern and look amazing, both in the inside and outside! You are very close to tube station and it is very easy to get to the center of London.

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There is a Tesco and a Morrisons really close so it is very convenient. The Concierge is very helpful and will help you out with anything you need. It is very good to have a Post box Service on site too.

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Quiet area and well finished development

It is close to the dlr, not many shops to walk, only tesco and nisa , it is not very social area not a lot of restaurants and bars around but it is quiet and not bad area at all

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The heating wasn’t working properly when I moved in two weeks ago. However, the building management was quite responsive and they sent over engineers to fix it. The flat is well finished, cosy and spacious, there is concierge and two lifts but no gym inside. I haven’t had any problems with waiting too long for the lifts even though there are quite a lot of people living in the building.

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I didn’t know they weren’t many shops around, I would love to have another grocery store next to here.

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They were quite efficient and well organized. Immediately after I reported the issue they sent engineers over.

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Spacious flat

It’s quiet l, there is not much hustle and bustle. Not many shops I like here. Only 1 Tesco. The travel is very confinement. DLR

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The development is great but it’s quite annoying that they don’t have a gym. I think it would make it so much better if they had one, especially since there isn’t a decent gym in this area. The development doesn’t really have aren’t many facilities or communal spaces which is a shame. The concierge are great and friendly but sometimes they’re not at the desk and I don’t know how to get hold of them.
If I have any issues, I usually go through my agency, who are great and always efficient. If there aren’t immediate problem which need quick repairs then I go to the concierge and they are fast to organise repairs.
I really love my flat, it’s super spacious and really light. I actually rent the old show room development, so it was furnished to a great standard.

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I wish there was some sort of leaflet to explain how to pay the bills. They explain how to use the facilities and appliances which is really useful, but a user friendly guide to bills would save a lot of time.

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I think more security at the main entrance would be great.

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Easy to get deliveries to the hoola tower only problem is sometimes the delivery person gets confused on where to park. Other than that the delivery process is usually very smooth. ………………..

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