All Along the Dock Edge
Head east to the Royal Docks and collect your illustrated guide to this intriguing east London walk, by artist Anna Gibb. The route takes you along the northern edge of the Royal docks - from Royal Albert Wharf, the point where the docks meet the Thames, towards Royal Victoria with its backdrop of Canary Wharf.
This large body of water, once the largest enclosed docks in the world, offers the opportunity to really embrace a sense of open space. The walk takes you through the history of the industrial docks to the future of its planned developments. Along the way you’ll see shipping cranes, the site of a 1980s concert with lasers and fireworks which attracted 200,000 people, and you’ll hear the noise from the airport juxtaposed with cormorants and Canada geese.
The walk is just under 3 miles and should take around an hour at a leisurely pace. There are places to buy refreshments along the way and the DLR runs parallel to the route.
Your illustrated guide can be collected from either the east or west end of the docks at the following locations, all of which are a short walk from the DLR:
For your visit
Art & Culture
Derelict early 20th century flour mill turned screen icon; this Royal Docks landmark is due to be redeveloped.
Food & Drink
Authentic Italian near the ExCeL, with a touch of flair.
Tucked under Silvertown way, England’s first flyover, this business centre has been offering office and light industrial space since 2003.
October Half Term Holiday Scheme
Mon 21–Fri 25 October
The half-term holiday is around the corner, and RDLAC has it covered.
Sport & Activities
Free boating sessions with Sea Cadets
Mon 21–Fri 25 Oct
Young people aged 10–14 have the chance to get out on the water for free this half-term holiday.