Water and Docks

By Newham.com

Royal docks

Although the Docks are no longer used for shipping, they now thrive with business, sporting and social activity.

Water and Docks

Blue expanses double the quantity of top grade leisure space in Newham.

Adding blue spaces to Newham's green spaces provides double the area of natural resources, and perhaps one of the more environmentally friendly large leisure areas London can provide.

Newham's Thames Barrier Park, is home to sailing clubs, canoeing clubs, watersports clubs, and a manufactured tropical island.

Nearby Royal Victoria Dock offers fabulous restaurants, amazing scenery and urban geography plus and an airport!

While the Docks were finally closed for shipping in 1981, the area now buzzes with business and social activity. This along with the heritage associated with what was once the busiest port in the world makes it a thriving area for work and leisure.



Share the exhilaration of the world’s fastest growing watersports. At the Docklands Beach, London's only wake park welcomes beginners and experts to try out cable-towed wakeboarding, wakeskating and stand-up paddleboarding, supervised by friendly expert instructors, accredited by the British Waterski and Wakeboard Association.

Individual and team bookings are welcome and kit hire is available.
Details and booking on the Wake Up Docklands website.

You can also find information about water sports in Newham on the Royal Docks Trust website.


Silver Queen

Cruise around the Royal Docks on a very special craft with a noble history. A heroine of the Second World War Dunkirk evacuation, this 1920s pleasure boat has been lovingly restored and took part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and veterans’ commemorative cruises. Weather permitting cruises depart from Royal Victoria Dock, near the cable car.


The SS Robin

The SS Robin is the world’s oldest complete steamship, built in 1890 at Thames Ironworks. The restored vessel is moored at Millennium Mills Pier, opposite ExCel. It will be open to visitors in 2015 but preview tours will run from summer 2014. For details check the SS Robin website.