Royal Docks - design and engineering on the waterfront

By Newham.com

Royal Docks - design and engineering on the waterfront

The open vistas of Royal Docks, Europe’s largest enclosed man-made water space, offer a sense of space and a chance for quiet reflection amidst the roar of the city.

Royal Docks - design and engineering on the waterfront

Royal Docks is a destination with a difference. The vast waterfront is a huge, outdoor display of design and engineering, fringed with striking landmarks.

For a break in between sightseeing there is a great choice of cafés, bars and restaurants. Beyond the cranes and warehouses, a reminder of London's era as a major sea port, the spectacular Thames Flood Barrier protects the capital from tidal surges.

For London 2012 The ExCeL Centre featured the biggest cluster of Olympic and Paralympic events outside the Olympic Park, including boxing, judo, fencing and table tennis. Across the river is the O2, created to celebrate the new millennium and now one of London's premier events venues.

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) provides a fast link to the rest of London. The elevated tracks give great views, and a front seat in the driverless trains is enormous fun for kids - they will also enjoy visiting Newham City Farm, near Royal Albert station. Alight at DLR Pontoon Dock station for Thames Barrier Park and a riverside view of the flood barrier. The glass-sided café serves great coffee and ice cream.

Royal Docks is home to some of the most exciting new attractions - with the Emirates Airline Cable Car - giving panoramic views as you travel across the River Thames. The Crystal - Siemens Sustainability centre, opened in September 2012.

As part of the transformation brought about by the London 2012 Games, rivers, canals and waterfronts have been revitalised, and parks and gardens landscaped. There is even a Docklands beach in the summer months, complete with a watersports centre and floating bar.