Focus area The Royal Docks E16

Royal Docks lies south east of Canary Wharf in the London Borough of Newham and it consists of four separate areas covering 250 acres. The Royal Albert Dock and Basin, King George V Dock, Royal Victoria Dock and Pontoon Dock form the largest enclosed docks in the world.

The oldest of them, Royal Victoria Dock was constructed in 1855 and remains as busy hub of activities including water based ones to this day. You will still find large ships docked there but rather than unloading their cargos, floating hotels like the Sunborn London Yacht Hotel have taken their place. Water based activities can be engaged in, open-water swimming and other sports are accessible from the water sports centres.

Also home to the ExCeL Centre which hosts year round shows, exhibitions and events there is always something of interest going on. The docks are home to many waterfront bars and restaurants and in 2018 under the flight path of the Emirates Airline Cable Car, there was even an urban sandy beach!

If you feel like having amazing Italian food brought to you by a professional and friendly staff, Zero Sette Restaurant is where you want to go. Located on the Western Gateway at Royal Victoria Dock it is a great place to enjoy family meals or business meetings.

For outdoor pursuits, Royal Victoria Gardens offer pleasant recreation grounds and green tranquil setting by the river. Amongst others, the park provides a multi sports arena, a double tennis court and a children's play area with a paddling pool. It is also utilised as a useful cut through for walks around the Docklands areas.

The docks used to be a very popular and attractive place for traders and visitors from across the world. As times have changed, so has the use of docks, and today we can witness ambitious improvements being implemented to bring back the sense of purpose to this amazing landmark. The plan is to transform the Royal Docks into a vibrant place to live and work, an interesting and perhaps lower priced alternative to living and working at Canary Wharf.

The Royal Albert Dock will become London’s third financial and business district, expanding markets between Asia and Europe. The £1.7 billion investment will create up to 30,000 jobs and will comprise of offices with retail, residential and public space.

There are plenty of Victorian terrace houses, modern flats, tower blocks and low-rise housing in the area. Thousands of new homes are planned and include Mount Anvil's stunning Royal Docks West where prices start at £685,000. Open spaces, further restaurants and cafes are in the pipeline which will contribute to creating an attractive waterside destination.

The Crossrail project will bring the Elizabeth line to Custom House and it will enable trains to transport people from Royal Docks to Canary Wharf in just a few minutes, making it an ideal place to live and invest. Currently there are 11 DLR stations in Zone 3 which provide trains to Canary Wharf and the City.

Plus, there are plenty of bus, cycle and walking routes, and for international travelers London City Airport is literally within Royal Docks themselves. With ambitious plans and investment, it is safe to say that The Royal Docks is embarking on another exciting new chapter!

We have an enviable track record and have successfully marketed, sold and let many properties in Royal Docks and E16. When you need an estate agent to provide you with the sales or rental value of your property or when you are looking to purchase or rent a home in Royal Docks we are the agent to call. If Royal Docks sounds like an appealing area to live in, you could also consider award winning Isle of Dogs, Beckton, Stratford and North Greenwich.

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Written by Alex Neil

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