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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A great place to live!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Local shops delayed I suspect as a result of COVID 19 but at least Sainsburys is open and the plans look great
Parking fine but would welcome greater enforcement of the rules.
No traffic noise. Bin collections perfect. Some anti-social behaviour but this is tackled by the security team.

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My wife an I put our deposit on a two bed apartment off plan in Jan 2016, moved into Laker House renting in April 17 whilst waiting for our block to be completed and eventually moved in to our place in Aug 18.
From the beginning the service from the baltimore team has been great including concierge, security and the cleaning team many of whom recognise me and recall my first name with a wave as I go past.
The quality of the apartment is great , well insulated and quiet.
We love having the access to Thames Clippers so close and can’t wait for that to be opened up.
Visited the Windjammer pub before it was forced to close and really liked the atmosphere and look over the Thames.
All in all delighted – so much so encouraged my sister to move in who now owns and lives in a neighbouring block.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Guidance on the heating controls – a bit too fiddly.
All the rest fine

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

Fast and responsive
Small defects were addressed and queries answered

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Manager Response

Dear Bob

Thank you for your feedback. I am glad that you enjoy living at Royal wharf and I am sure once we exit the main lockdown, that this will only be made greater by the community spirit and further commercial units coming to site.

Kind regards

Phillip Minns
Resort Director

Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Lovely area for a community feel, with a slowly expanding range of shops and services. Quite a delay in restaurants opening up which I don’t understand though. Transport links are good, but unfortunately the DLR is completely jam packed in the mornings (at least in pre-covid times when people physically went to work) and that won’t change until crossrail opens up.

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Post room is incredibly convenient, open until 8pm 7 days of the week. The facilities are good, like the gym and pool etc, but really are much too small for a development of this size. It was almost impossible to get a spot in one of the exercise classes before COVID when there was no limitation on numbers. After COVID (when the gym was open), just being able to book a time to use the pool was a nightmare.

The biggest issue and what makes me always advise AGAINST other people buying here, is the soaring service charges year on year, and the smoke and mirrors that BAML enshroud in it. The service charges are always higher than what they advertise when you buy, and continue to rise and rise. We are paying the rent for the concierge and post room(!), and somehow we are even now paying for the maintenance and upkeep of the TFL Thames Clipper/Uber boat dock… Since when do private homeowners pay for the maintenance of public transport facilities? These are the kind of things BAML have roped us into. To this day we are waiting for them to publish the accounts from 2018 so that we can scrutinise the charges. There is a lot of avoidance behaviour which is quite suspicious.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Definitely as above regarding the service charges.

What is the best feature of your home:

The fact that it feels like it’s own community/little village

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Design
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Location
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Dear LH

Thank you for your review.

We will be issuing the accounts with the next demand, this will allow time to review and scrutinize the accounts, which are in surplus for the year.

We are hoping that post-Covid restrictions that more commercial units will be moving into the development, and we have a few in the wings waiting for the green light.

As soon as the restrictions allow we hope to open the clubhouse to pre Covid times

thank you

Phillip Minns
Resort Director

Pinnacle House Royal Wharf

Review Date Mar 2021

I love the design and layout and compared to other new developments,it’s better value for money per square foot.When all the facilities are occupied it will have a great sense of place,with schools and a large community building being very valuable assets.The Residents Association is very pro active and I am very pleased I chose this location.I realise that as a brand new community,it will take time to establish itself but I can see that happening since I purchased.

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Design good,particularly my building.
Property management could be better but I’m not unrealistic;systems need honing.
It’s a shame there are so many commercial units still vacant but that’s not a surprise at this juncture.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The COVID situation has meant I’ve not yet experienced the expected community vibe :walking to the new pub,using gym facilities etc,so hard to appraise properly

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Tricky one;more parking would be popular but that would just mean more traffic,which would be a negative aspect.

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Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
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Value
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Management
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Dear Rosie T

Thank you for your review.

we are striving to be able to expand the sense and the community over the next few months, as we feel this will only enhance the development.

I agree the RA is very proactive and has the overall community at heart.

Thank you

Phillip Minns
Resort Director

Pleasant Royal Wharf

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Services are a few so far. This is a new development, so it is expected to increase the number of local shops. For now, just a few markets and cafes. The development is well located and has public spaces and parks nearby. Flats are brand new. Some facilities already need maintenance, like communal doors.

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The development is good and flats are brand new. Generally issues are fixed quickly, however, communal doors are still a problem. Convenience around is still a few only, but it is expected to be improved in the future. Landlord is friendly and solve the issues quickly. Flats are well designed. Amenities around, as parks and public space, are good and well maintained. DLR, when was working before pandemic, was challenging at busy times.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

DLR when working fully can be very packed at busy times, mainly in the morning.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Some issues were not properly cared by the after care, so there are still a few problems, but generally, landlord has assisted very well. Flat is good.

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Facilities
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Design
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Location
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Value
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