Once the world’s largest port, London Docklands is now a bustling hub of East and Southeast London. After a remarkable transformation, the London Docklands became a thriving district of iconic skyscrapers and picturesque riverside wharfs, but remains steeped in history, with plenty to see, do and discover.
From Cuckolds Point to Nelson Dock
In the 1690s, a dock was built on a peninsula on the south bank of the Thames, soon followed by many more. These new docks attracted many national and international businesses, creating a diverse community of different nationalities and cultures. Today, most of the old wharfs and warehouses have been demolished, but a few have been restored and converted into marinas and water sports centres. From the 17th century on, warships, clippers and other ships were built at Cuckolds Point until it finally closed in 1968. Now called Nelson Dock Pier, it’s the area’s last remaining dry dock, located next to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Docklands Riverside
The haunts of Rotherhithe Street
Docklands is also home to one of London’s longest streets – Rotherhithe Street. Shipbuilding was once common in Rotherhithe, dating all the way back to the Middle Ages. Rotherhithe Street was famous for producing high quality vessels, built on a narrow strip of land between the street and the River Thames. Shipbuilding ended here by the 1860s, but Rotherhithe Street became famous once again some 30 years later, this time for the infamous crimes of Jack the Ripper. The story of the unidentified serial killer has become one of the most intriguing mysteries in the history of crime. Visitors to the Docklands can brave a Jack the Ripper Tour, available as afternoon walks or evening pub trails, and delve into the dark underbelly of the East End neighbourhoods.
Vibrant Canary Wharf
Did you know that Canary Wharf was once of the busiest docks in the world? Built
on West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs, it operated from the 1800s until 1980. Now a sought-after shopping and riverside dining destination, the first iconic buildings built in 1991 include One Canada Square – the second-tallest building in the UK, holding a striking position in the London skyline, at 770 feet (235m) high. Step inside for an array of shopping choices as well as delicious food and drink. Visitors can also enjoy wonderful views of Canada Park Square, which hosts many local showpiece arts, events and concerts.
Icon at the O2
As if the offering at Canary Wharf wasn’t exciting enough, the new shopping space at one of the UK’s most successful entertainment venues promises to be a super-stylish experience. Icon at the O2 will be another reason to come to London’s Docklands for a little retail therapy, with 210,000 square feet of premium shopping space, featuring designer brands such as Ted Baker, Calvin Klein and Hackett all under one roof.
About DoubleTree by Hilton London – Docklands Riverside
Nestled along the River Thames, DoubleTree by Hilton London – Docklands Riverside boasts stunning views of Canary Wharf. It’s just 30 minutes away from the O2 and only 15 minutes to central London by public transport. Featuring spacious rooms and a fantastic riverside terrace, it’s the perfect location for exploring the Docklands area and discovering its vibrant East London history. Visit londondocklands.doubletree.com for more information.