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St Katharine Docks
The docks initially opened in 1825 and enjoyed over a century of booming success until 1930. Valuable Cargos handled here arrived from Europe, the West Indies, and Africa, importing goods such as rum, tea, spices, and perfumes which were among the most valuable items available in the capital at that time. Advancements in technology slowed down the productivity of the London Docks as a whole, and were no longer required to be situated in London. The relocation to Tilbury in Essex left the Docks vacant and in need of substantial urban regeneration. Now the London Docklands are a thriving business district in East London, but the path chosen for St Katharine Docks was considerably different.
One filled with expansive leisure opportunities, today, the St Katharine Docks is a bustling marina populated by luxury yachts, inviting cafes, shops and restaurants. Ivory House is the only building to have survived The Blitz, restored perfectly inclusive of its stunning clock tower, and warehouse style apartments, used previously for storing imported goods. Great places to dine include the River Lounge Italian Restaurant, and The Dickens Inn, which has a lovely summer beer garden on the fringes of the marina. The Good Food Market can be found here on selected dates too, perfect for acquiring delicious treats from across the globe. Plenty of dainty independent boutiques also exist here, offering the chance to peruse from some unusual and special gifts.
50 St. Katharines Way , St-Katherines-Dock, E1W 1LAView Larger Map