London’s Royal Docks once attracted trade and visitors from across the world. TODAY, they are alive with activity as a renewed sense of purpose is returning to the area. a distinctive location is developing where people and business are supported to realise their potential.  


the ambition

There is an enduring narrative that runs through the Royal Docks; and that is its vitality, entrepreneurialism and innovation. The Mayor of London and the Mayor of Newham are committed to working collaboratively with local communities and private sector partners to bring about the inclusive growth of the area through investment in infrastructure, skills and business growth. 



The Royal Docks has been a global centre for trade since the 1850’s. It stopped functioning as a working dock in the 1970’s however, its global links endure today with investment through London City Airport – recently voted the world’s best small airport; the internationally renowned Excel Centre; and the current investment underway at Royal Albert Dock by China’s ABP which will provide 3.3 million square feet of office space, and a collaborative environment for global businesses.

All underpin the Royal Dock’s future as a critical international gateway for London. 


An inclusive cultural destination 

Local creative talent and innovative organisations are coming together to establish the Royal Docks as an open and exciting cultural location. Nationally and globally significant events and programmes will complement locally rooted cultural activities, creating an inclusive offer and appeal. 

This consistent, high quality and varied cultural programme will attract both local and international audiences; energising the visitor and night-time economy; activating underused spaces and ensuring communities and businesses can thrive 



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