DLR guided tour of Royal Docks

DLR guided tour of Royal Docks

Londoners and visitors to the English capital will have the opportunity to be part of a brand new, first of its kind experience on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) this summer as Transport for London (TfL) and its operator KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD) launch the DLR Discovery.  Ticket holders will be taken on a guided tour between two of London’s most iconic destinations, Tower Gateway and Cutty Sark, on a special non-stopping service on a route not normally served by the DLR. Each train will include a professional tour guide on board as it travels along raised tracks through the transformed Docklands area of east London, known for its vibrant neighbourhoods and rich cultural heritage. The DLR is a unique way to see how this part of the capital has grown and developed over the last 100 years and locals and visitors are encouraged to explore and discover more of the area they live and work in, or pass through every day. The guide will offer an informative and engaging commentary, providing insight into some of east London’s most well-known sights that passengers can see as they wind their way past the towering skyline of the financial and cultural district at Canary Wharf and the futuristic Crossrail Place and Roof Garden above the newly-built Elizabeth line station. The tour will also take in the historic Billingsgate Fish Market, Limehouse basin and its astonishing network of navigable canals as well as the iconic Cutty Sark tea clipper. The experience will continue with a thirty-minute guided walking tour around the historic heart of Greenwich, giving customers the opportunity to learn more about the...
BBQ Thursdays for Sunborn

BBQ Thursdays for Sunborn

The Sunborn London superyacht hotel in the Royal Victoria Dock will host a new series of BBQ Thursdays throughout summer 2018, taking place each Thursday until the 31st August. This casual dining experience is hosted in the Sundown Bar and Terrace on Sunborn’s 3rd deck, with panoramic views over the East London skyline. From 5pm-9pm every Thursday, Sunborn serves a special BBQ menu – choose from burgers and steaks to grilled sea bass and vegetable skewers with a selection of sides – accompanied by live entertainment and expertly mixed cocktails in the newly-refurbished lounge. Guests can enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Thames, sipping on Sunborn’s ‘cocktail of the week’, while their speciality grills are created in front of their eyes. To book a table, please contact the Sunborn restaurant team on 0203 714 8111...
Good Hotel booking partnership

Good Hotel booking partnership

Good Hotel has formed a partnership with Booking.com to provide an easy way to help make the world a better place – with £5 from each booking donated to the hotel’s charity partners. Good Hotel is a social business – giving back to the community is at the core of everything it does. Even when you choose to book a room other than the Good Hotel you can still do good. All you have to do is click the bespoke link. Best rates are guaranteed and it works exactly like the normal Booking.com site, except for the fact that Booking.com will make a charitable donation on your behalf. For further information visit the Good Hotel booking...
Royal Docks Adventure activity days for Summer ’18

Royal Docks Adventure activity days for Summer ’18

Royal Docks Adventure is running a series of Holiday Activity Days throughout August for young people between the ages of 10 and 18 who are looking to get active on the iconic waterways of East London during the school holidays. Everyone taking part will have the opportunity to try four activities during the day, depending on weather conditions. They include rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, sailing, canoeing and bell boating. The sessions take part between 8.30am and 6pm and a sandwich lunch is included in the total price of £50. An evening meal can also be arranged in advance. RDA will also throw in free parking for the day so that you can park up, drop the kids off and take the train to work. Places are being snapped up fast, so visit the RDA booking page for further...
Forgotten Stories – the colourful language of the Royal Docks

Forgotten Stories – the colourful language of the Royal Docks

Respected journalist and historian, Colin Grainger, reflects on the colourful language used by the people who lived in and around London’s Royal Docks in its heyday, taking good care not to overstep the mark… These are the phrases and sayings that have been part of life in and around the Royal Docks community since well before I was a twinkle in my mother’s eye. Much of the language originated in poverty – imagery that summed up poor lives. Many areas of London are considered to be ‘cockney’, but in truth, the old county borough of West Ham, and the sub-districts of Canning Town, Custom House, Silvertown and North Woolwich have probably the best claim. They represent the pushing out of the East End by industrialists who escaped legislation and restrictions by crossing the River Lea. The phrases and sayings we have used bring humour into play and keeps the conversation flowing – something we are really good at in our manor. Robert Barltrop, a great columnist for the Newham Recorder in the ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s told me a joke that he described as a ‘Cockney life story in two sentences A girl is alone with her grandfather and tells him: “Grandad, I’m in the family way.” He replies: “Wait till you are my age darling – you’ll be in everybody’s way.” It was pure joy getting people to relate the sayings that have helped keep them alive. My nan Judith Myers used a phrase that has always stuck with me to describe déjà vu or Groundhog day, perhaps with a slight twist: “It’s the same meat, different...
Quad Club launches aqua cycling classes

Quad Club launches aqua cycling classes

The Quad Club at The Crowne Plaza on Royal Victoria Dock has launched an innovative new gym glass with underwater cycling. The revolutionary Cycl’H2O® classes are specially designed to improve your fitness, burning up to 800kcal/h and sculpting your whole body. The class combines high-intensity aqua cycling with circuit training, making the most of water resistance. Bookings are now being taken on the Quad Club...