London area of Docklands guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Docklands neighbourhood

Stretching along the Thames, Docklands is the area made up of a series of docks, once a thriving part of the Port of London. The docks were built from 1802 onwards, creating burgeoning, tightknit riverside communities. Despite suffering heavy bombing during World War II, the docks continued to flourish in the post-war years, but by 1980 the area downstream from London Bridge was completely defunct. This is when the huge project to transform the Docklands began and the area is once again a lively, if unequal, place. From the yacht marina at St Katharine Docks to the big business of Canary Wharf at West India Docks to the poor housing estates near Blackwall's East India Docks, the stretch varies greatly but it's a characterful part of town with some stunning views of the river, especially from some of the waterfront hotels dotted along the bank.

See our recommended nearby Docklands Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Docklands Hotels

in or near Docklands
Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
5 Fairmont Avenue, E14
Only fifteen minutes from London City Airport by taxi and close to Canary Wharf, the ExCeL exhibition centre and The O2 arena, the Radisson Blu Edwardian ... More
 
 
 
ibis London Docklands
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
1 Baffin Way off Preston Road, E14
The new developments on Canary Wharf, where this budget hotel is located, are an architects paradise of glass and steel and form the heart of the ... More
 
 
 
Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
South Quay, E14
Perched on the waterfront, just 15 minutes from London's City Airport, the Hilton London Canary Wharf combines convenience with comfort. Stroll across the hotel's private bridge ... More
 
 
 

Docklands Entertainment

in or near Docklands
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indigo at The O2
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Millennium Way, Docklands, London SE10
indigo at The O2 is a smaller live music and comedy venue inside The O2 with a capacity of 2,400. Opened in July 2007 with a ... More
 
 
 
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The O2 Arena
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Peninsula Square, Docklands, London SE10
The centrepiece of the redeveloped Millennium Dome is the O2 Arena, the first purpose-built music venue in London. With a capacity of 23,000, it offers the ... More
 
 
 
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British Music Experience
London > Entertainment > Live Music
The O2, Peninsula Square, Docklands, London SE10
Stadium filling rock gods like The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Mick Jagger are among the stars who have loaned memorabilia to the British Music Experience, ... More
 
 
 

Docklands Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Docklands
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O2 Walkway: Up At The O2
London > Attractions > Sights
The O2, Peninsula Square, Docklands, London SE10
Visitors to The O2 can now see the famous domed structure from an entirely new angle - from 53-metre high Up At The O2 suspended from ... More
 
 
 
The O2 Bubble
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Millennium Way, Docklands, London SE10
The Bubble is an exhibition space within The O2, the enormous domed structure in Greenwich which includes The O2 Arena with its impressive set up for ... More
 
 
 
Skyscape
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
The Dome Greenwich, Docklands, London SE1
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Docklands Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Docklands
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Billingsgate Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Trafalgar Way, Docklands, London E14
Originally a general market for corn, coal, iron, wine, salt, pottery, fish and other goods, Billingsgate is now the only London-based market dedicated to fish. From ... More
 
 
 
Cubitt Launderette
London > Shopping > Cleaning and Repairs
11 Castalia Square, Docklands, London E14
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Majestic Wine Warehouses
London > Shopping > Wine Merchants
The Old Pumphouse, Prestons Road, Docklands, London E14
This chain of large wine and spirit retailers offers good value to bulk buyers. There is a one case (twelve bottle) minimum purchase, but you can ... More
 
 
 

Docklands Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Docklands London?
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Gaucho - 02
London > Restaurants > South American restaurants
The O2, Peninsula Square, , Docklands, London SE10
Opened in March 2008, Gaucho at the O2 boasts the finest Argentine steak (Bife de Lomo) in London. The consistently high quality is spread throughout all ... More
 
 
 
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The Gun
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
27 Coldharbour, Docklands, Docklands, London E14
This 250-year-old pub was a sailor's favourite, home to smugglers and site of secret trysts between Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton. Closed down by ... More
 
 
 
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Mem Saheb
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
65 - 67 Amsterdam Road, Docklands, , Docklands, London E14
A very popular North Indian restaurant right on the Thames. The food is excellent and the prices are really low for this part of town. This ... More
 
 
 

Docklands Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Docklands.
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The Gun
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
27 Coldharbour, Docklands, Docklands, London E14
This 250-year-old pub was a sailor's favourite, home to smugglers and site of secret trysts between Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton. Closed down by ... More
 
 
 
The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
114 Glengall Grove, Docklands, London E14
Pub ... More
 
 
 
The Waterfront
London > Nightlife > Pubs
187 Marsh Wall, South Quay Plaza, Docklands, London E14
Pub ... More
 
 
 

Docklands Nightlife

Docklands clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Proud2 at The O2
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
The O2 Arena Peninsula Square, Greenwich, Docklands, London SE10
In the sad shell of the Millennium Dome, a superclub was born, going by the name of Proud2. Sporting one of the world's most powerful audio ... More
 
 
 

Docklands Leisure

Docklands gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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The Paintball Centre
London > Leisure > Activities
Unit 4, Wood Wharf, Preston Road, Canary Wharf, Docklands, London E14
This fab game emerged in 1980 and has taken the world by storm. Popular with adrenalin junkies, paintballing is an action-packed, mission-driven past-time that is ... More
 
 
 
The O2 Arena - Indoor sports venue
London > Leisure > Peninsula Square, Docklands, London SE10
Although it started out as predominantly a music venue, The O2 Arena in Greenwich is now one of London's main indoor multi-purpose sports stadiums - showing ... More
 
 
 
David Beckham Academy
London > Leisure > East Parkside, Greenwich Peninsula, Docklands, London SE10
The David Beckham Academy provides a fun and interactive experience helping children of all ability levels, aged 8-15 to learn about health, life skills, and, of ... More
 
 
 

Docklands Education

in or near Docklands
Tower Hamlets Further Education Trust
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, Docklands, London E14
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Tower Hamlets Student Support Services
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
FE Trust, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, Docklands, London E14
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Docklands Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Docklands.
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The O2
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peninsula Square, Docklands, London SE10
The second most embarrassing legacy of Tony Blair's time in government struggled for years to find a role after the millennium show shut up shop. It's ... More
 
 
 
The Gun
London > Business > Venue Hire
27 Coldharbour, Docklands, Docklands, London E14
This 250-year-old pub was a sailor's favourite, home to smugglers and site of secret trysts between Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton. Closed down by ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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