Royal Docks

Family friendly activities at the Royal Docks

Whilst many people overlook the Royal Docks area, we see it as more of a hidden gem with plenty of things to do and see for all the family.

Below are our 5 favourite things to do in the Royal Docks area.

Emirates Airline Cable Car

The Emirates Airline Cable Car is a fantastic way to see London from a different perspective. With amazing views as far as the eye can see you will be able to spot some of London’s most iconic landmarks.

You can reach the Emirates Airline from North Greenwich Underground (Jubilee line) or from Royal Victoria DLR station. Taking the cable car across the river is also a more enjoyable way to reach the sights and activities on either side of the Thames.

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Wake Up Docklands

For the more adventurous out there pay a visit to Wake Up Docklands at the Royal Victoria Docks and have a go at paddle boarding, cable wakeboarding or paddleboard yoga. If you don’t mind getting a little wet, then stop by Wake Up Docklands, slip into a wetsuit and get your adrenaline pumping with these exciting activities in the heart of London.

Royal Docks, The Crystal

The Crystal

Opened in 2012 by Siemans, The Crystal boasts the largest exhibition on the future of cities in the world as well being the most sustainable event venue.

The Crystal is not only a hub for discussions on sustainable living but is the only building in the world which holds various accreditations including the highest certification for BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) schemes.

Tick two Royal Docks activities off at once, as you can easily get to The Crystal via the Emirates Airline Cable Car.

Thames Barrier Park

Thames Barrier Park & Thames Barrier

This 35-acre park opened in 2000 and was the first riverside park to open in the city in over 50 years. Thames Barrier Park boasts a landscaped garden, playground, café and fantastic views of the river and the Thames Barrier. A wonderful place to visit especially in the summer.

The Thames Barrier is a vital part of London’s flood defences; it is the largest movable flood barrier in the World. Currently the information centre is closed for refurbishment, however when it reopens in spring 2018 it will be home to an exhibition centre where people can learn how it was built, how it works and what would happen to London if it wasn’t there.

There will also be new outdoor seating and a conference room where talks from the Environment Agency will be held.

These are just a taste of what the Royal Docks has to offer. With new developments being built and shops opening it is only a matter of time before this area becomes one of London’s great destinations. Interested in living in the Royal Docks? You might be interested in Royal Wharf.