Cat O’Nine tales

Cat O’Nine tales

You can’t go wrong with a cat story. Particularly when it involves video footage of an involuntary dip into the Royal Docks for RoDMA’s office cat, Felix.  There was a time when the waters of the Royal Docks were so filthy, an unexpected plunge would result in a period of quarantine. But as if to prove just how well the waters are maintained by the staff of the Royal Docks Management Authority, Felix the RoDMA cat ended up in the drink while bravely engaging in a hostile territorial battle (ie running away) from another cat. LRD Felix in the drink We can happily report that Felix suffered no injury or trauma. She also seems to be completely unaware that the rest of the RoDMA team have been laughing behind her back after the blasé ‘nothing to see here’ routine that followed her...
Wake Up Docklands events for 2017

Wake Up Docklands events for 2017

Wakeboarding and paddleboarding are two of the most popular activities on the sheltered waters of London’s Royal Victoria Dock. Wake Up Docklands is gearing up for a series of events throughout the summer, including Paddle Out Loud on Sunday, July 2. The charity event aims to raise awareness of people struggling with their mental health and to raise money for surf therapy charity, The Wave Project. Visit Paddle Out Loud for full details. Other events at Wake Up Docklands include a number of demo days with wakeboard (JOBE, Liquid Force) and paddleboard brands (Jobe & Red Paddle Co) and some wakeboard advanced rider clinics with Maria Cuenca, Liu Batchelor and Scotty...
Dragon boating at London’s Royal Docks

Dragon boating at London’s Royal Docks

London’s Royal Docks have been the destination for all kinds of floating craft over their colourful history, but few can match the exotic origins of the Dragon Boating teams that are based at Royal Docks Adventure. The dragon is an ancient symbol of worship in China, thought to control the sea, rivers and rainfall. Two thousand years ago, villagers in China would race boats decorated with carvings of dragons in order to encourage rain to fall on their crops. The 40ft long Dragon boats require a crew of around 20 people, with a drummer at the helm beating out a rhythm for the paddlers. There are four teams based at Royal Docks Adventure, including Raging Dragons, Thames Dragons and Typhoon Dragon Boats. Our personal favourite, however, are the magnificently-named Windy Pandas, who boldly describe themselves as the best-looking Dragon Boating team around. If you’d like to try this highly social sport, bringing people of all ages and abilities together, visit Royal Docks...
Heritage swimming club and London’s Royal Docks

Heritage swimming club and London’s Royal Docks

Given that what are fondly known as the Royals contained the largest man made expanse of water in the world, you’d think that the people who lived in and around the docks might have been proficient swimmers. But no. Drowning was common in the 1800s and swimming lessons were as abstract a concept as employee health and safety training. It was down to the kindness of others to try and help. Mr JG Elliott, Honorary Secretary of the London Swimming Club from 1869, offered free tuition to children who lived around the docklands of East London in the City of London Baths. In recent times, The London Swimming Club has been revived, with strong links to London’s Royal Docks. Club members receive discounts on London Royal Docks Open Water Swimming sessions. To read more about the history of The London Swimming Club and how to go about joining, visit their website and check out their Instagram account for lots of lovely photos of the Royal...
The Royal Docks on film: Full Metal Jacket

The Royal Docks on film: Full Metal Jacket

The scenes of desolation after the closure of London’s Royal Docks were a miserable sight for some, but the perfect setting for scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s disturbing 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket. West Silvertown doubled as Hué, a war-torn Vietnamese city. Despite the area being suitably dilapidated, director Kubrick ordered partial demolition of buildings to replicate the bombed-out conditions of the film. The cast and crew also had to contend with the significant dangers presented by the toxic conditions of the abandoned docks, particularly from asbestos and poisonous chemicals. Surprisingly enough, these hazards are not discussed in an otherwise revealing item on the film, which starred Matthew Modine, from the BBC programme Film ’87, presented by Barry...
MCM Comic Con expects record year

MCM Comic Con expects record year

MCM Comic Con 2017 takes place at ExCel London on May 26-28, bringing droves of sci-fi fans, gamers, comic collectors and movie buffs to the Royal Victoria Dock. Personal appearances include Firefly’s Summer Glau & Sean Maher, Hong Kong action star & Star War: Rogue One actor Donnie Yen and Arrow star Echo Kellum. Older Comic Con devotees will be delighted to see the likes of Verne Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, Nichelle Nichols, famous for playing Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series and Lou Ferrigno, star of iconic ‘70s superhero show The Incredible Hulk. Over 130,000 people visited Comic Con at ExCel London in 2016, taking part in eSPorts competitions and Cosplay events, as well exploring the many areas dedicated to gaming, comics, anime, gadgets and clothing. Tickets for children are free and this year’s event promises to be the most popular yet. For further information visit the MCM Comic Con...