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:
Read more about Anna's walk here. Part of the London Festival of Architecture 2019.
For your visit
Art & Culture
Making Space: Go the Distance
Installation artwork by Jessie Brennan, created with Peacock Gym by collecting images from the archive of this renowned community boxing hub.
Emirates Air Line
This cable car flying between the Royal Docks and North Greenwich offers panoramic views of the river.
Art & Culture
Making Space: The People’s Plan
Large-scale artwork reproducing ‘The People’s Plan for the Royal Docks,’ a 1980s community-led project to oppose the airport.
Join the Docks 2020
September - December
The Royal Dock's annual celebration of culture and creativity - Join the Docks - is now open for submissions.
Ring Out (Presented by Ray Lee)
Fri 11 – Sat 12 September
This installation from Ray Lee takes the form of a series of giant towers which hold suspended bell-like speaker cones.