Visiting Docklands is not just for work - it is also a most attractive part of London. It is an exciting place to be particularly in the evenings, with beautifully lit buildings and the spectacular Docklands Light Railway. The area is also accessible for walking, with bridges over the many wharfs and DLR stations that are within a short distance of each other.
The area suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War and a decline in its Port Activities in the 1960s and 1970s.But it has enjoyed economic rejuvenation and regeneration since the early 1990s, and has now become a very popular place to live and dine amongst the city workers and tourists.
If you take the DLR past Canning Town towards Beckton you will find another hidden gem in Royal Victoria Dock and Custom House which is home to the Excel Exhibition centre and has a number of beautiful restaurants by the water. You can take part in Watersport activities and enjoy spectacular views either by walking across the bridge of the Dock or by taking the Emirates Cable car towards the O2.
There are many restaurants within the Docklands areas with great views. There is also a shopping mall within the Canary Wharf complex with a cinema and restaurants inside to complement it.
Pick of the area
Top 1 Forever and Zero -both Royal Victoria Dock
Amerigo Vespucci (Canary Wharf)
La Tasca (West India Quay)
Zero Sette Italian Bar and Restaurant
Elephant Royale -Island Gardens
Pubs and wine bars
The Grapes (Westferry)
The Cat and the Canary(West India Dock Quay)
Pepper Saint Ontiod (Crossharbour)
Bar 38 (West India Quay)
The Fox at Excel (Custom House)
The Museum in Docklands in the West India Quay has regular exhibitions.
Some of the other events include; the Canary Wharf Jazz festival and the Summer Screen which broadcasts live sporting events in Canada Square.