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Living in Royal Albert Wharf

This unique waterfront development is located in London's historic Royal Docks, a bustling hub for business and culture.


Why consider moving to Royal Albert Wharf?

Royal Albert Wharf benefits from its great waterside location at the quieter end of the Royal Docks. Open skies and green spaces along the waterside means you’re automatically greeted with a sense of calm and a bit of an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Like much of the borough of Newham that surrounds it, Royal Albert Wharf is a rapidly growing and evolving place, with lots of investment and redevelopment going into the area. The Royal Docks are London's only Enterprise Zone and an Open Opportunity Area, attracting investment that will make the area an internationally renowned commercial district and visitor destination with facilities and opportunities for locals to work, live and play.

Socially-distanced community art project 'RAW Rainbow', led by local resident artist Andrew Morris to show gratitude towards keyworkers.

With business hubs, water sports, green spaces, creative studios, makers’ yards, co-working spaces, and its waterside location, this is a great place to call home.


Discover the history of the Royal Docks

The Royal Docks opened in 1855, helping to relieve London’s crowded and chaotic waterways.

This thriving commercial hub attracted workers from all over the world, playing a huge role in the development of London’s wealth and importance around the globe.

The Royal Docks were heavily impacted by bombing in WWII with its warehouses, factories, and trade ships seen as integral to Britain’s war effort. By the end of the 20th century, trade and the importance of the Docks had declined with the onset of other trade routes and growth of commercial activity elsewhere in the city. 

In recent times huge investment and regeneration has helped restore some of the Royal Docks former glory, with developments like Royal Albert Wharf key to the vision of what life here will look like in the future of this historic part of London.


What's the lifestyle like?

Royal Albert Wharf has excellent connections around London and there are three retail parks all within 10 minutes. Westfield Stratford shopping centre is 35 minutes away; with 214 stores and 87 restaurants across 2,000,000 square feet of space it’s London’s largest, and most visited, shopping centre. Big brands like Apple and John Lewis call Westfield home alongside popular restaurant chains like Ask and Five Guys. There’s also live music, a cinema, bowling, bar games and a casino. 

View from Royal Albert Wharf, looking across London City Airport towards the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf

You’re also close to the O2 Arena (one of Europe's biggest venues for music, comedy and events), the Excel convention centre and Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf, known for being London’s business district, is also a great place to go for something to eat or some retail therapy, with a shopping centre spread over five malls comprising 120 stores - from designer shops to small boutiques as well as restaurants, bars and a cinema.

There’s no need to travel far as everything’s on your doorstep. Royal Albert Wharf has waterside walks, excellent cycle routes, a retail park, and a unique floating bar and restaurant aboard the nearby Sunborn Yacht as well as cafés, shops and a gym.

Food & drink

With such great connections, you really are spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink. Closer to home you’ll also find a great selection of unique restaurants and bars, with waterside views, floating boats, small independents and high street chains giving you a wide range of choice around the Docks.

Galyons Bar & Kitchen

This Grade II-listed building is a popular place to head for some brunch or dinner. A family-friendly gastro pub with a great outdoor space that’s perfect for sitting and enjoying a few well deserved drinks.

The Oiler Bar

Serving up waterside drinks in a converted Royal Navy refuelling barge, The Oiler Bar is a unique experience. They also have regular live music, making it a great place for a night out right on your doorstep.

Heroica Lounge

Ever wanted to try wood-fired pizza from the top of a red double-decker bus? Heroica is a quirky restaurant serving lovingly crafted pizza in this exact setting. Rooftop seating gives great views of the City skyline, which can be enjoyed with a good selection of draft beers, wines, spirits & cocktails.

Green spaces to explore near Royal Albert Wharf

The Royal Gardens in Royal Albert Wharf are surrounded by trees and green space, ideal for connecting with nature and getting your daily steps in.

The 19th Century Royal Victoria Gardens is another popular green space, offering a calm place to sit by the river, while Lyle Park also offers great views of the water. 

London's largest riverside park, Thames Barrier Park, opened in 2000 and is a dramatically landscaped 17 acres of space with great picnic spots, wildlife havens, children's play parks and views of the river and the Thames Barrier. 

Royal Victoria Gardens

Royal Victoria Gardens

Thames Barrier Park

Thames Barrier Park

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And it’s not just green spaces that draw people here; the blue spaces are integral to the community and a huge pull for visitors. There are plenty of parks, walks, restaurants and bars that make the most of being on what was once the largest enclosed dock in the world. But if you want to really experience the water then why not make the most of the abundance of water sport offerings?

Wakeup Docklands is a popular local company offering wakeboarding and paddleboarding with lessons for beginners or why not try open-water swimming and get involved in one of the clubs or events running all year round.

What's public transport like in the local area?

The addition of the Elizabeth line adds to the huge investment in transport links, with the Jubilee Line, IFS Cable Car, and the DLR all linking up with the area. As a result, Royal Albert Wharf is incredibly well connected - you can get from the Royal Docks to Paddington in 25 minutes and Bond Street in under 20 minutes.

UEL docklands campus bus stop
Plane landing at London City Airport
DLR train at Pontoon Dock station
Plane landing at London City Airport
DLR train at Pontoon Dock station
UEL docklands campus bus stop
DLR train at Pontoon Dock station
UEL docklands campus bus stop
Plane landing at London City Airport

London City Airport


UEL Dockside Campus bus stop

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Gallions Reach DLR station will have you in Canary Wharf in under 20 minutes and The O2 Arena is a quick trip on the IFS cable car.


Moving to Royal Albert Wharf

Royal Albert Wharf apartments are designed to reflect the area's heritage, with deep solid brickwork and plenty of light. Offering waterside views and quick and easy access to green spaces throughout as well as cafés, shops and a gym all on the site, there’s something for every lifestyle here. It’s also right next to Gallions Reach DLR station with great connections into the City, making it an ideal place for commuters looking to escape busy London living but still be within easy reach of all it has to offer. There are plenty of ways you can call this area home.

For first-time buyers, Royal Albert Wharf Shared Ownership can make stepping on the ladder more affordable. If you’re looking buy outright you’ll also find a selection of Royal Docks apartments for sale.