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.

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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 houses for remote working professionals

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2021

There aren’t many shops yet (clearly due to the pandemic). The gym/swimming pool are amazing, a bit overcrowded though and the hot tub is usually broken. The location is decent but compared to the close Canning Town area there are 10 mins of extra commute for everywhere essentially.

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The houses are too similar one to the other in my opinion and this is a bit tiering after a while. However, the facades and the design overall are quite nice. The construction of Riverscape will help get a bit more variety hopefully and it will end up in a longer promenade as well so that’s quite welcome. Property management is the only real problem here because most of the times it’s either insufficient or disappointing. In my building the fob entrance has been broken for a month almost, and nobody seems to care even if the issue has been raised several times.

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I didn’t know there was an “outdoor gym” on the promenade, and that was very useful during the various lockdowns. It should be advertised more and possibly improved as well.

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

It really depends on the issue. Sometimes it’s been quick and easy but other times very long waits and disappointing.

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Dear Davide,

Thank you for your feedback.

I want to offer the contact detail of the Residential Service Manager on site who is available most days to answer any queries or issues you may find, please contact her, and she will investigate the fob reader issue, as we have a robust system for measuring the KPI and SLA of our contractor’s nad if this is a contractual issue we will address.

This is a lovely development, and the commercial units are slowly opening, with Osiu, Yi Fang and Macaroni Penguin to name the ones in the last and upcoming month.

RSM@royalwharfe16.net

Love living by the water!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2021

Quiet area that lets you escape the buzz of the city, good transport links on the DLR/close proximity to the Jubilee Line and the boat. The setting is very relaxing by the water and is my favourite thing about Royal Wharf. A quick 5 minute boat and you’re in Greenwich. Some parties here and there but no major noise complaints. Great having a pharmacy and doctors on site.

I wish there were more retailers here and there’s only one small Sainsburys in comparison to large number of residents. It’s nice having the pub here but drinks are expensive. Parking is extremely limited which is annoying for inviting guests to stay.

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I feel very safe living in this area and I appreciate the constant security around. Post room and concierge staff are always really friendly and willing to help.

Building & property management requests can be quite slow to receive a respond/action on. Next to no resident events, I have enjoyed the Meet Me At The Pier stuff and hope this continues past the new homes being introduced.

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I think it’s helpful for people to know about the resident app and how much it’s actually used by the residents here. It’s good for getting info from fellow residents before waiting on official comms.
Type of people that live here are more couples/families, would be useful for young professionals to know it’s not that kind of vibe.

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

They seem to be helpful with simple/quick requests but for things that need actioning, i.e. light out in hallway, they takes more time. Haven’t had to raise any urgent requests or escalate any issues.

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Thank you for your feedback

I will ensure all your points are forwarded to the correct people.

We do have a number of further commercial units coming in soon and we do have our daily vendor and food festival Fridays and farmers markets to look forward to.

The pandemic was not kind to most commercial parties, but we are witnessing new vendors with increased passion to serve the community.

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Phillip Minns

Good development but very noisy

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2021

Concierge services and private gated parking is excellent. However, noise from scrap yards and factories is very very loud.

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Average development with reasonable facilities. Concierge team is great and very helpful. Good views of the Thames however, very noisy due to neighbouring industrial sites. Noise starts very early in the morning.

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Wish we knew how loud it was and ease of access to shops

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

We had an issue with balcony door which took ages to get fixed. But this was partly due to housing agent.

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A nice little community!!

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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

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

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New apartment, modern furnishings, nice views. Loved it

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Dear Awais

Thank you for your feedback. It is incredibly gratifying to hear such an endorsement.

The freeholder is tied to planning regulations about parking spaces.

However, the team are on hand 24/7 if you need any specific questions and queries answered or to assist you in any way they can regarding parking .

Thank you

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