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...
Royal Docks given £300 million regeneration go ahead

Royal Docks given £300 million regeneration go ahead

Ambitious plans by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, for the £314 million regeneration of the Royal Docks in east London over the next five years have been given the green light. The creation of the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone has the potential to generate 35,000 jobs, 4,000 new homes and attract more than £5 billion in inward investment by 2037/38, according to plans authored by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz. London’s only Enterprise Zone will offer a designated area where employers can access business rate relief and other financial support. The delivery plan for the 112-hectare Royal Docks Enterprise Zone was signed off by the board of the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), which is responsible for allocating funding raised through the Enterprise Zone. Under the new plans, an integrated package of investment in transport infrastructure, connectivity, economic development, placemaking, creative programming, promotion and estate management have been proposed to help deliver the transformation of the area. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The Royal Docks was once an economic powerhouse – with these plans we are aiming to lay the foundations so that it can once again play a crucial role in the life of the capital.” Key projects in the plans include:- Creating an attractive waterside residential, leisure and business district for the borough of Newham and for London as a whole. Enhancing the public realm and creating high-quality spaces, ensuring the landscape reflects the area’s industrial heritage and accommodates both cultural and business uses. Significantly improving transport and digital connectivity for residents and...
Gutsy Girls Wake + Cake session

Gutsy Girls Wake + Cake session

WakeUpDocklands has come up with the perfect watersports combination for the female wakeboarder. The Gutsy Girl Wake + Cake session offers women-only coaching sessions at its Royal Victoria Dock HQ. Wake & Cake takes place on July 18 (7-9pm) and is open to all standards. If you’ve always wanted to give wakeboarding a go, this is your chance to learn in a non-intimidating, fun and welcoming environment. The sessions cost £45, including expert coaching, wetsuit, board hire and, of course, cake. Visit the Gutsy Girls site for more details. If you have your own wetsuit, you can enter NOWETSUIT into the promo code and save...
World’s largest triathlon returns

World’s largest triathlon returns

The largest triathlon in the world, attracting 11,000 triathletes and over 30,000 spectators each year, takes place in and around London’s Royal Docks on August 4-5. This ‘must-do’ event in London’s sporting calendar caters for all ages and abilities with various distances, routes and wave categories to choose from. The AJ Bell London Triathlon takes place at the ExCeL Centre, Royal Victoria Dock and has a unique urban route that allows participants to swim, bike & run past the iconic landmarks of our capital. For more information visit...