London City Airport marks 30th anniversary

London City Airport marks 30th anniversary

London City Airport has marked its 30th anniversary with an exhibition of past photography and the publication of images portraying how the airport will look after completion of its £400 million redevelopment. London City Airport: 30 Years in Photographs can be seen in Jubilee Place in Canary Wharf from October 26 until November 7. It features photographs by Ben Walsh, Andrew Holt and Vic Abbott, an air traffic control engineer who has worked at the airport since 1987. Visuals of how City Airport will look in the future are based on plans to provide capacity for a further two million passengers per year by 2025. A record four and a half million passengers used the airport in 2016. Another novel 30th anniversary celebration is the creation of The East End Flyer, an ‘80s inspired cocktail of Beefeater Gin, peach schnapps and Southern Comfort created by Peter Dorelli, former head bartender at The American Bar at London’s Savoy hotel in London. The cocktail also includes pink grapefruit Juice, cranberry juice and grenadine to provide ‘a little extra East End sweetness’ with sourness and...
Tate & Lyle launches new product line and community fund

Tate & Lyle launches new product line and community fund

A cornerstone of life in the Royal Docks for nearly 140 years, the Tate & Lyle Sugars factory launched a new line of syrup this month, the result of an £8 million investment in their Plaistow Wharf factory in Knights Road. The launch was marked by an opening event for pensioners, charities and local councillors, including Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales. The company has also launched a £25,000 community fund for local schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations, whose work benefits the residents of Newham. Grants of up to £2,500 will be available when the scheme, co-run with Newham Council, becomes available in November. As befits the co-sponsor of The Great British Bake Off, the launch was awash with tea and cakes of all description, with entertainment provided by members of Brick Lane Music...
Future plans for historic buildings

Future plans for historic buildings

Four historic buildings situated in and around London’s Royal Docks remain on Historic England’s at-risk register, published by Historic England. The list of over 5000 buildings across the country includes the Central buffet at Custom House and the Central Offices at Custom House, both built in 1883. North Woolwich Station, built in 1847, and Silo D in North Woolwich Road are also featured. In keeping with plans to retain important buildings of historic interest, all four buildings are part of the plans for future development of the area. Restoration plans for both the Central buffet and Central offices have been granted. Discussions are ongoing regarding repair and re-use of North Woolwich Station, with funding having been secured from the London Regeneration Fund. Discussions continue regarding the future use of Silo D as part of the regeneration of Silvertown. Nationwide, the number of entries on the register has reduced from 5,341 in 2016 to 5,254 in 2017, with grant aid of £10.5 million given to support 260 projects, including nine rock art sites, 16 pubs, one tunnel and 17 dovecotes. For more details on the buildings around the Royal Docks visit Historic...
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. Tickets for the Simply Christmas include free entry to Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts at ExCel, featuring a range of craft-related attractions and workshops. For further information the Simply Christmas...
Double Decker pizza restaurant opens

Double Decker pizza restaurant opens

We’ve been waiting nearly 30 years for a bus that serves pizzas from a wood-fired oven. Finally, it’s arrived. The Heroica Lounge pizza and bar bus opens for business this weekend (October 27) at Royal Victoria Dock. The bus, which dates back to the 1980s, has been given a complete re-fit, replacing grumpy conductors with friendly bar staff and discarded cans of Kestrel lager rolling underfoot with a full menu of drinks. For further details visit the Heroica Lounge Facebook page....
Royal Wharf tour and discussion

Royal Wharf tour and discussion

The Royal Wharf development has teamed up with the Urban Land Institute to host a Royal Wharf site tour and discussion on November 28. Royal Wharf Urban Land Institute is an organisation that seeks to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. The event at Royal Wharf is a morning seminar for ULI members and will include a number of talks featuring Whittam Cox and Glenn Howells, the architects involved in the project. The briefing will start with a walking tour through the development and is followed by light refreshments and networking. Located in London’s Royal Docks, Royal Wharf is a flagship regeneration project developing a 40-acre site on the banks of the River Thames For further details visit the ULI events...