The story of the Royal Docks
This is the Royal Docks, a unique waterfront and a growing home for business and culture in Newham, East London.
The building of the Royal Docks in 1855 introduced a new world of commerce to the capital. They drew produce and people from all over the world, forging London’s position as a global centre for trade and industry.
Read the Royal Docks’ history in the words of people who lived it
Five secrets from Royal Docks history
From Canning Town's answer to Coca-Cola to the music legend who busked in Woolwich foot tunnel.
The Royal Docks is emerging as a prime location for business and as a place to live. Covering over 1,200 acres, this vast area of Newham, East London, is undergoing a stunning revival. It is known for its industrious nature, strong sense of local community, established global connections, and unique expanse of water.
Our unique water
We’re bringing London back to its water. Once the largest enclosed docks in the world, today our 250 acres of water is becoming an exciting shared resource for all.
Our industrious culture
The Royal Docks is a compelling commercial district, going from strength to strength. London’s only Enterprise Zone, our businesses share a spirit of innovation and invention.
Our global connections
From an expanding airport to our international exhibitions centre and connections to China, we are expanding our relationships with the world for the benefit of London and the local area.
Our proud communities
The Royal Docks is part of the youngest and most diverse borough in London. We’re a collection of working and living communities with a proud past and bright future as London’s gateway to the world.
Stay, play, and explore local
Dine your way around the world, stroll in a riverside park, or ride the capital’s only cable car. The area has much to enjoy; here’s where to start.