London’s Royal Docks beach is back!

London’s Royal Docks beach is back!

Grab the sunscreen and pull up a deck chair… London’s Royal Docks beach is back! Now in its sixth year, a whole host of new activities have been added to ensure the beach makes its biggest splash yet. From street food vendors and film screenings to pop up exercise classes and swimming – there will be lots of things to see and do. Located close to the Emirates Cable Car on the embankment of Royal Victoria, the beach will be open daily from Wednesday, July 18 to Sunday, September 2, 2018. Regular opening hours are 10am until 6pm daily. Keep tuned in to the Royal Docks Twitter feed for news of extended openings from time to time throughout the summer...
London SUP Open comes to the Royal Docks

London SUP Open comes to the Royal Docks

The UK’s largest Stand Up Paddleboarding festival takes place on the River Thames on July 7-8, showcasing the world’s fastest growing sport with a series of events featuring World Championship Tour competitors and a mass participation paddleboard race open to the general public. The London SUP Open starts on Saturday, July 7 with a pro race along the River Thames finishing at the Houses of Parliament. The festival will then reconvene at London’s Royal Docks for a series of sprint and long distance, pro and amateur races taking place on the water over the weekend. The general public will be able to watch the events completely free of charge as the biggest names in SUP battle it out right here in the capital. Visit the For further details visit the London SUP Open...
ABP international tech exhibition

ABP international tech exhibition

Royal Albert Dock developer ABP is staging an international tech exhibition as part of London tech Week from June 12-14 at ABP’s Compressor House building next to Royal Albert DLR station. A range of international exhibitors including Huawei, Siemens, Honeywell and Globalynx will be joining the University of East London and high tech companies from Shenzhen China in promoting their latest innovations. There will also be a series of seminars, networking receptions and interactive workshops. The exhibition and events are free to anyone who wants to know more about why the Royal Docks is set to become London’s hottest new tech destination. For any questions, please email...
The 2018 Dock2Dock Swim

The 2018 Dock2Dock Swim

The third annual Dock2Dock open water swimming event, takes place at London’s Royal Docks on Saturday, July 28. With the beautiful London City Skyline and Docklands as a backdrop, participants will swim through the Royal Victoria Dock into Royal Albert Dock. The 2018 event has an added race of 1500m in addition to the 5K and 10K swims. Whether you’re looking to enter your first open water event or take on the ultimate swimmers’ marathon, the Dock2Dock Race now offers a range of distances to suit all abilities. This event, now into its third year, is a must to add to your swim challenges for 2018! Click here to find out more and book your...
London City Swim fundraiser returns

London City Swim fundraiser returns

London City Swim, a charity swim raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation, returns to London’s Royal Victoria Docks on September 21, 2018. The aim of the swim is to bring together hundreds of swimmers who wish to make a difference by swimming to raise funds and awareness for motor neurone disease (MND). Think of it as a charity gala, with a difference – replace the dance floor with a stunning body of open water, substitute dinner suits for a wetsuit and there’s no need for hairspray when you have a swimming hat. To find out more and sign up for the event visit the London City Swim site and follow the hashtags #SwimforMND and...
Forgotten Stories – child’s play

Forgotten Stories – child’s play

Respected journalist and historian, Colin Grainger, looks back at the games played by the thousands of children who grew up around London’s Royal Docks in its heyday. They are the games that have stood the test of time. Each generation had its own favourites and passed down the laughs and memories to the next in the Royal Docks community. My earliest memory of those days is playing out in North Woolwich. The family who lived in the end house of Auberon Street must have either been angels or hard of hearing as my friends and I, aged about five, painted a goal in black paint on their end wall in Newland Street. We only painted it once and it was still there 30 years later! On the other side of the road on the dock fence in Newland Street, we had to use white chalk taken from our classroom at Drew Road School, Silvertown to draw a goal of roughly the same size. We couldn’t paint it as the dock fence was black and it was redrawn hundreds of times over the years. That’s where we played football on the shortest of pitches – just the width of the road and two pavements. Matches were normally around three or five a-side. The floor was cement or tarmac. But it wasn’t much harder than the cinder pitch in Royal Victoria Gardens! With so few cars in the late 50s and early 60s we also used to have bigger, 11 a-side (or more) matches over half the length of Auberon Street. Many times they featured our parents or older friends. Alan Morris...