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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Top Rated Developments in Royal Docks

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 bit more upkeep and this development would be great!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2020

Many shops, pubs and restaurants in this area, good for families as there lots to keep the kids occupied. My partner and I enjoy going to eat in different places and there loads to choose from. Many transport links and nearby bus stations etc. which makes it easy to commute without driving everywhere.

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Design and facilities are good and make living in the development quite smooth. Property management could be better as we often don’t hear back when we have email queries, although when we call they do get back to us eventually. The building itself is quite dirty and could be maintained better. If these improvements were made it would make living here more pleasurable.

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It would have been good to know some of the hotspots or more popular places for good evening out as we had to find these ourselves. The same with the parks and leisure facilities, we had to do a lot of our own exploring and would have benefitted from a little guidance beforehand.

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Lovely inside the wharf bubble but in a run down area

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Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2020

Area inside the wharf is lovely, modern, and clean. There is a small supermarket and a well equipped gym. However, as soon as you leave the wharf bubble, there is nothing of interest and the area is far more run-down.

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The apartments are quite close together meaning you can see directly in to other people’s homes. This is made worse by the fact that the windows are enormous (although the enormous windows do add a large amount of light). The apartments are furnished in a very modern, minimalist style which is excellent. Building management is usually on top of most repairs.

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Although the DLR is very close by, you will struggle to get on it in the mornings due to overcrowding and may have to wait 2-3 trains (despite being almost at the end of the line).

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

Some minor issues have taken a very long amount of time to get fixed. However, major issues are generally resolved very quickly. There is a communal boiler for the whole area so issues with this affect everyone and as such are generally reported quickly, and fixed quickly.

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Manager Response

Hi! Thanks for leaving us this review and we’re pleased to hear you enjoy living at Royal Wharf! We’re sorry to hear that you feel the surrounding area is a little run down. The Royal Docks area is ever-developing and will continue to develop for many years!

A beautiful development on the up, needs more local shops and restaurants but these will come with time

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2020

DLR station is within a 5 minute walk (either Pontoon Dock or West Silvertown, depending on which side of the development you’re on). There’s a brand new pier for the Thames Clipper service just for Royal Wharf too – great way to get to work if it fits your commute. Shops and amenities are improving with time. There are 2 cafes in the development, a beautiful new pub by the riverside (The Windjammer). The main grocery shop is a Sainsbury’s Local in the centre of the development. You can walk directly from Royal Wharf onto the riverside, and get great views of the Thames Barrier. The development is also right next to Thames Barrier Park, which is beautiful (but a little small). If you walk around 10 mins you end up at the Royal Docks which are also quite nice. There is little in the way of restaurants in the area.

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The development is outstanding. It’s honestly a little slice of heaven. The design is brilliant on the whole, and most buildings get a ton of natural light from floor to ceiling windows. There’s a large team for cleaning and maintaining the development, as well as for staffing the post room, concierge, and clubhouse. Most members of staff are lovely, proactive and helpful. The clubhouse gym is quite small for the number of residents and can get really busy. The only downside to living here is that there isn’t much to do in the local area. The DLR is also incredibly busy in the mornings. Getting to central London takes a little bit longer than if you lived in Canning Town (because of having to take the DLR 2 stops before having access to the Tube).

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There is plane noise from London City Airport but this is barely noticeable with all the windows closed. Ask the agent to wait for a plane to go by so you can hear what the noise is like for yourself. There are a lot of families and married couples living here, so that’s typically who you’ll see walking around the development. The area inside Royal Wharf itself feels incredibly safe but if you leave the development it turns dodgy really quickly.

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

Very fast and proactive building management. Respond to queries very quickly but I think action can take a long time depending on the type of fault.

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Fantastic development; 5 stars. Would recommend to buy in the area!

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Review Date Jul 2020

Close to tube and fast to get to Canary Wharf. Quiet evenings and low crime rate. Exceptional Neighbour’s and community spirit

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Nottinghill housing group are a joy to work with and are super responsive to all issues. I have been able to have all issues resolved or I am waiting on issues to be resolved. Would recommend the development to prospective buyers. The view from Aird Point is exceptional.

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What it was like living here.

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Yes. Notting hill housing group has been able to solve issues

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