Nestled in the East and South East of London, the Docklands have, over recent years, been redeveloped and converted into commercial and residential outlets. The ambitious Canary Wharf is a hub for financial services and transport links have dramatically improved due to the creation of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and additional tube stations, connecting the area with the inner city.
Combined with the services that London City Airport provides, the growth has helped to see the Docks in a new light. A stone’s throw from the city centre, and all the delights that are held there, it’s understandable that some visitors to the city decide to stay here at a slightly more affordable rate, than many of the premium alternatives; with many of the hotels in docklands appealing to business and leisure guests.
If you’re visiting the area, there is plenty to see and do before venturing into the realms of inner city London. Spend an afternoon perusing the exhibits at the Museum of London Docklands. Telling the story of the Docks and the Thames, this grade I listed building on the Isle of Dogs also provides a children’s gallery to keep those with family entertained.
Treat yourself to some beautiful, freshly caught fish at the UK’s largest inland fish market at Billingsgate. The culinary whizzkids can revel in the huge selection of seafood available, including the fine dining favourites, oysters – along with many other shellfish varieties, succulent monkfish and hard-to-find species. Get there early if you want to buy though, as competition is rife.
The O2 Arena is less than 4 miles away, offering an eclectic mix of music, comedy and performing arts, as well as housing a cinema and a multitude of popular bars and eateries. Take a look at the calendar to see if there’s anything that takes your fancy – you could spend an entire evening here, exploring what the dome has to offer.
Alternatively, check out the ExCel Exhibition centre, also in close proximity. Offering flexible event space, this centre homes many major exhibitions and trade shows, including Destination Star Trek London, MCM Expo: London Comic Con and The Gadget Show Live at Christmas.
If you fancy a bit of history during your stay, head for Tower Bridge, less than 4 miles away and an iconic symbol on London’s panorama. Jump on the tube at Tower Hill and make your way to Embankment, the closest station to the Tower of London, which is an afternoon well spent in its own right, even if it is just to see where the Crown Jewels are kept. Alternatively, enjoy a medieval banquet and a show like no other in St Katharine’s Dock, just east of Tower Bridge.
Whatever you decide to do during your stay in the Docklands, whether you plan to spend your time in the local area or venture into the city, the evolution of the area will continue to increase its favourability with both business travellers and leisure visitors to this vibrant city.