London Open House: Royal Docks Pumping Station

London Open House: Royal Docks Pumping Station

Part of this years 800+ buildings taking part in Open House London 2019. This is a unique chance to see inside and learn all about the history of the Royal Docks Pumping Station.

Built in 1912, the Pumping Station is a key infrastructure facility serving to impound water from the River Thames helping to maintain the water level within the docks.

The station impounds water from the River Thames at Gallions Reach using pumps weighing circa 17 tonnes, each having a flow capacity of 7150 litres a second through 70-inch pipes. To put this into perspective, with all four pumps running they would fill an Olympic swimming pool in 1.5 minutes.

This event is drop-in and no booking is required.

Time & date

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Sept
10am - 4pm


Shackleton Way, Royal Docks, London, E16 2JQ


Free, no booking required

More info

For your visit


Royal Wharf Gardens

In this garden in the centre of the Royal Wharf development, you'll find a memorial to the Silvertown Explosion.

View on map


The Crystal

One of the world's most sustainable buildings is also a striking landmark.

Royal Victoria Dock
View on map

Places To Stay

Moxy London ExCeL

Marriott's boutique brand, Moxy, offers a laid-back alternative with cheerful colours and cheaper rates.

Royal Albert Dock
View on map