Holiday Season Open Water Swimming
What could make for a more deserving start to the year than a ice-cold plunge in the docks? The Royal Docks open water swimming season doesn’t pause for the festive season! All are welcome to join this community of determined open-water enthusiasts for a swim around the perimeter of the docks.
Christmas Eve - 9am -12pm: £12 swim with mince pies and warm apple cider.
Boxing Day - 9am -12pm: £8
New Year's Day - 9am -12pm: £8
Please note it is also mandatory to complete a Cold Water Induction to be able to swim at the venue during the winter season.
All swimmers must be a NOWCA member so they are able to register their swims using the tap-in, tap-out safety system used at our venue. Membership also gives them access to over 40 other venues throughout the UK, insurance for personal accident & injury, and exclusive offers from NOWCA Perks (savings on wetsuits, kit, equipment, and more).
Sign up for membership and book their swims on the free ACTiO app: https://actio.nowca.org/root/home
For your visit
Places To Stay
Aloft London ExCeL
Four-star Marriott hotel with a dockside restaurant terrace, wood-lined interiors, and a striking skyline.
Food & Drink
Tapas at this red-bricked Spanish place just inside the ExCeL comes traditional or with a modern twist.
Food & Drink
Hot and cold Lebanese mezze dishes on are on the menu here, alongside grilled meat. BYO, no cover charge.
Art & Culture
Switch the Docks - by the Institute of Imagination
From October 2021
Expect the unexpected from new research and development project Switch the Docks.
Royal Docks Summer Programme
Rathbone Market (GDIF)
The Greenwich+Docklands International Festival will see the Royal Docks transformed into hive of the most amazing theatre, art, dance and circus for 17 unforgettable days.