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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No Parking for visitors / guests

Review Date Dec 2021

The development is just good – It is beautiful and at first glance, anybody would be beyond happy to live here. However overall property management, facilities and most of all parking, lets the whole place down. Firstly, if you live here, there is no guarantee that you will have a place to park you car, let alone friend or family who may want to visit you. Remember, there is no other place to leave your car.

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I wish I had known that there was no parking on the development

Good train links, local CO-OP on the development. However, no parking on site. There is no other residential roads around to pro your car. Double yellows everywhere

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There is no visitor parking – its a mess

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No- there is no option – There is no visitor parking – its a mess

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Review Date Oct 2021

Good parking, easy bin collection, low traffic noise if available, controlled anti-social behaviour, excellent neighbourhood

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Great building and property management. Facilities are readily available. The design of the building is excellent and has a superb quality. Would definitely recommend. Thoughtful design with no noise penetration into the apartment. It’s a great design and has top notch facilities.

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Proximity of local stores to the apartment

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Urgent response if you have an issue. It’s a well-managed apartment.

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Easy Transport Access

Review Date Oct 2021

Few shops including Nisa, dock pharmacy, Sainsburys, etc. Excellent neighbourhood with large green parks for sitting outside.

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The property is well managed by Grainger Plc and they take the job seriously. Good to have such an excellent building management. The facilities are excellent with gym and TV areas that you can book easily. The design of the apartment is outstanding. The building has good transport links to other areas in London.

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How many retail stores are close to the building.

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The building management responds urgently to you if you have any issues.

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Excellent Management

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Review Date Oct 2021

There are a couple of local shops like Sainsbury’s. I would prefer for more stores to be added. Excellent transport links.
Living on the street is heaven on earth with effective parking availability, bin collections and low traffic noise.

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The design of Millet Place is outstanding. I love it. There are enough facilities in the apartments. I would definitely prefer if they can add more amenities to the gym. The building is effectively managed appropriately with emails to regulate residents behaviour. Over, it’s a 5 star rating.

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Average cost of the utility bills

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They responded urgently with emails and sending the repair man to fix issues ASAP

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