Forgotten Stories: the pubs of London’s Royal Docks

Forgotten Stories: the pubs of London’s Royal Docks

Respected journalist and historian, Colin Grainger, gathers memories of the dozens of pubs around London’s Royal Docks, from the people who frequented them on a regular basis during the industrial heyday of the area. Much of the attention regarding the regeneration of London’s Royal Docks is understandably focused on the large-scale projects that will bring businesses and communities back to these iconic East London waterways. But there are some smaller success stories that bring back fond memories of social lives of the people who lived and worked around the Royal Docks. A Fuller’s pub will be the latest addition to the Royal Wharf development in West Silvertown. The 7,000 square foot bar will open later this year, with a 2,000 sq ft area for outdoor dining on the riverside. Details are expected to be announced soon of another bar to be built in North Woolwich – on the other side of the tracks to the Henley Arms And another application has gone to Newham Council for licensing and music and dance entertainment for the Lockside Kitchen and Bar in Aird Point in in Lockside Way, North Woolwich/Beckton, near the Gallions Point Marina. Earlier this year we wrote about Husk Brewing, the first brewery to be established in Silvertown. Earth Station in North Woolwich, meanwhile, focuses on brewing world-class beer with a social conscience. These good news stories hint at just how important pub culture was to the past communities of the Royal Docks. Since the 1970s, 53 pubs have closed in the E16 Royal Docks postcode area, made up of Silvertown, North Woolwich, Custom House and Canning Town. Of...
Topping-out ceremony for Royal Albert Dock development

Topping-out ceremony for Royal Albert Dock development

The transformation of Royal Albert Dock into a new business centre for London continues, with news that the first phase of development works is 45% complete, to be marked with a topping-out ceremony on April 12. The completion date for Phase 1 is set for March 2019, with the development sitting on 8 acres, delivering commercial office space and retail space in a totally redesigned urban environment. An extensive unexploded ordnance survey by BacTec was completed with minimal obstructions found. This permitted the groundworks and superstructure to progress without a hitch. The pre-cast concrete panels then arrived following an early manufacturing sequence, and with the use of eight mobile cranes are being installed including barge cranes located in the dock, with completion set for this summer. Tower cranes cannot be adopted at Royal Albert Dock due to the proximity of London City Airport and its restricted exclusion zone, so careful planning and logistic support has been a key aspect of the project. More than 200 VIP guests have been invited to the topping-out ceremony from the UK and overseas, including senior representatives from Multiplex, CITIC Construction and Chairman of ABP Xu Weiping. Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham and James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London will also be giving speeches. After a presentation of golden trowels, select guests would help to complete the last part of the concrete plastering of the building to mark the completion of this stage of work. After the ceremony guests will be treated with a river cruise to appreciate the scale of the project and the adjacent landmarks such as the London City Airport,...
London City Airport breaks the 100,000 barrier

London City Airport breaks the 100,000 barrier

London City Airport welcomed over 100,000 passengers to London’s Royal Docks last week, making it the busiest seven days in the history of the airport. A total of 101,336 passengers either departed from, or arrived to, London City Airport, aboard 1,525 flights. For the first time in the 31 year history of the airport weekly passenger numbers exceeded 100,000, representing a 2% increase on the existing record, achieved in June 2016. Thursday 22nd March was also the airport’s busiest-ever single day, with 18,607 through the airport’s doors. The record-breaking figures precede the annual Easter getaway, during which the airport expects around 55,000 passengers to travel over the course of the long weekend. Thursday 29th March will be the busiest day, when over 18,000 passengers are predicted to travel. Strong performances by British Airways and Flybe is one of the reasons for the latest buoyant figures. An increasing mix of passengers are using the airport, as it seeks to attract both business and leisure travellers and shake off the image of London’s best kept secret. In 2017 around 54% of the airport’s 4.5 million passengers travelled for business purposes and 46% for leisure, with the margin narrowing as new passengers discover the advantages of the London City Airport’s unique passenger proposition and excellent customer service. This week the airport commences Porto flights, for the first time offering flights to the scenic and trendy Portuguese coastal city with TAP Air Portugal, and CityJet reinstates its Florence...
Royal Docks Adventure Easter holiday activities

Royal Docks Adventure Easter holiday activities

Royal Docks Adventure host a series of Easter Holiday Activity Days between April 3-13 for young people between the ages of eight and 18 years old who are looking to explore some adventurous activities and get active during the school holidays. Participants will participate in four of our amazing activities with a sandwich lunch included! RDA can also organise dinner if needed, just get in touch. Sessions run from 8.30am until 6pm, all for just £50. There’s something in it for parents and guardians too. If you’d like to take advantage of the on-site parking facilities, RDA will also throw in free parking for the day so that you can park up, drop them off, and take the train in to work. The selection of water activities they will take part in is weather dependent, but will include some of the following – rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, sailing, canoeing, or bell boating. Click here to find out more and book your...
London Festival of Architecture invites event ideas

London Festival of Architecture invites event ideas

The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. The festival returns to the capital from June 1-30, 2018 and is expecting to announce a number of public events in and around London’s Royal Docks, exploring the theme of ‘identity’. The LFA recognises the Royal Docks as an area experiencing a fundamental change, and will once again form a backdrop to events that encourage Londoners and visitors to the city to look at them through fresh eyes and learn about how entirely new quarters of the city are taking shape. Many of the #LFA2017 highlights – such as the Silvertown Choir commission (pictured) – will be hard acts to follow. Organisations wishing to get involved can submit your event entries online. For further details visit the LFA site....
Good Hotel reopens rooftop terrace bar

Good Hotel reopens rooftop terrace bar

The Good Hotel, situated in Royal Victoria Dock, reopens its Rooftop Terrace Bar on 15 April 2018, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy signature cocktails or café classics al fresco overlooking the stunning waterways of the Royal Docks during the spring and summer seasons. Located in the heart of the Royal Docks within easy reach of DLR’s Royal Victoria station and the Emirates Air Line, The Rooftop Bar at The Good Hotel is an oasis of green and open space, boasting a terrace and bar overlooking the London O2, Canary Wharf and the River Thames. The floating hotel made its journey over from Amsterdam in December 2016 and has built up quite a local buzz. The hotel incorporates pure, simple original design with an eye for detail. With social responsibility at its heart, the Good Hotel employs local long-term unemployed Newham residents and donates £5 per room per night to NGOs educating children living in poverty in Guatemala. The Rooftop Terrace Bar will be open, weather permitting, until 9pm each night. Non-hotel residents are also welcome. For more information please visit the Good Hotel site and see more on...