Historically one of the busiest ports in the world, London Docklands has been transformed since its heyday in the 19th century to create a contemporary space housing big businesses, great restaurants and top-class hotels.
London Docklands is one of the busiest areas in the capital city. Having undergone major changes over recent decades, this thriving area is now defined by gorgeous converted warehouses serving as apartments and trendy commercial spaces, and it’s home to Canary Wharf, one of the UK’s two major financial hubs.
Canary Wharf itself is set on West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs. It has some of the tallest buildings in Europe, like One Canada Square, and some of the world’s major financial institutions like Barclays, Citigroup and HSBC.
Getting around the Docklands
The Docklands Light Railway makes getting around the local area easy. And there are great transport links to the wider city if you fancy exploring further afield.
It definitely worth discovering some of the sights in and around the docks during your stay. Canada Square Park is a lovely open, green space and there are often events on, so check out what’s happening during your trip.
The Museum of London’s Docklands takes an interesting look through the local history, and it’s set in a beautiful 19th-century warehouse. And if that takes your fancy, you might like to visit the Grade I listed St. Anne’s Limehouse. It’s a charming, historic maritime church.
A little further out, you can take the Docklands Light Railway to the edge of the area to Tower Bridge and pop into the Tower of London. Or for something different, pet the organically reared animals on Surrey Docks Farm or at Mudchute Park and Farm.
Restaurants and hotels
With so much choice in this cosmopolitan area, it’s good to do a bit of research or at least get your bearings to find the perfect eateries for you.
There are lots of cafés to grab a drink or a bite to eat, but for something more substantial dine at the trendy Terrace Restaurant at Hilton London Docklands Riverside, indulge in a steak in Argentinian restaurant, Gaucho Canary, head for some tapas at Iberica or relax with a drink in style at Nicolas Wine Bar.
For Docklands and Canary Wharf hotels, try the Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf or the Hilton London Canary Wharf for a little bit of luxury. Or Hotel Ibis Docklands and Travelodge Hotel – London Docklands for a budget-friendly, comfortable stay.