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The colourful history of people who lived
and worked around London’s Royal Docks

Forgotten Stories

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London Boat Show 2018
10-14 January 2018

A celebration of everything
you can do on the water

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Eat & drink in a stunning,
waterfront location

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Forgotten Stories

Forgotten Stories: hop-picking in the fields of Kent

For many Royal Docks area families it was their only holiday. The working and living conditions would have today’s ‘elf and safety police up in arms. But as journalist and historian Colin Grainger recalls, it’s almost impossible to find anyone who didn’t love hop-picking in the fields of Kent. read more…

Forgotten Stories: Black Saturday

Attacks from the air during World War II had a devastating effect on London’s Royal Docks and the people who lived and worked in the area. The bombings began in July, 1940, but the start of what’s known as The Blitz was marked later that year by Black Saturday. read more…

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Simply Christmas show at ExCel London

Simply Christmas show at ExCel London

Look, there’s no point pretending it’s not happening. Christmas is coming fast and the Simply Christmas show promises to inspire you with unusual gift ideas, entertain you with live music as you shop and satisfy you with an array of festive food and drinks. Plus you can get your presents wrapped too. read more…

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London’s Royal Docks

The Royal Docks are London’s unique and historic water space – some four kilometres long, the equivalent of walking from Oxford Circus to Bank. They were once the largest enclosed docks in the world and today the 250 acres of water provide a spectacular setting for the area’s transformation into a vibrant 21st century destination to live, work and play. It’s never been easier to get here – and few areas of London can boast of a more dramatic method of transportation than the Emirates Air Line across the river Thames.
London’s Royal Docks are home to a host of attractions, events and activities, all centred around the water. The heritage and history of the area plays an all-important part in the continuing story of the docks. It’s that combination of old and new that makes this place so special, as communities grow, new restaurants, cafés and bars open and the calendar of activities gets busier with each month. Welcome to London’s Royals Docks. We hope you enjoy your time here.