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
Britannia Village Green
Every experimental urban village needs a green. This one has a basketball court.
Shipman Youth Zone
Drop-in youth centre for 11-19 year-olds with snooker, table tennis, and computer facilities on offer.
It's easy to miss Lyle Park's narrow entrance, but its triangle of green with a river view is worth exploring.
Join the Docks
Certain Blacks Ensemble Festival
Sat 24 Aug
Marvel at aerial circus, live art, music, spoken word, and more at the Certain Blacks Ensemble Festival.
Join the Docks
Lyrix Organix: Secret
Sat 24 & 31 Aug
Lyrix Organix presents Secret: an exclusive workshop series across three weekends in secret locations at the Royal Docks.