Once the world’s largest Port, the London docklands area has since been transformed into one of the trendiest areas of the capital. With its central location, the Docklands are also a great place to visit London, offering easy access to a range of local sites.Below is a guide to this chic and vibrant part of the city, and the must-see destinations to include on any Docklands holiday itinerary.
With the financial centre of the world on your doorstep, accommodation in the Docklands area can be quite pricey. However, if you compare your options, you should be able to find a good mix of style and comfort in a Dockland hotel. If you have a limited budget, why not stick to affordable accommodation and instead choose to splash out on some of the countless tourist sights and attractions the area has to offer?
How to get around?
You’re never far from the extensive tube network in London, with stops like Canary Wharf situated on your doorstep. There are also bus services and a number of taxis available in the city.
What to see?
Situated in such a central part of the iconic city, the big challenge is deciding which attractions you want to visit most. Some of the highlights for your itinerary might include:
Billingsgate Market –Sample the catch of the day at the UK’s largest inland fish markets. Billingsgate Markets sprawl across 13 acres of land and feature a large trading hall, 98 stands and over 30 shops. There is also a café to taste some of the market’s produce.
Canary Wharf-This iconic business district is home to some of the tallest, the flashiest and the most impressive architectural feats in the city. One of the highlights is One Canada Square, a building which boasts the title of being the second tallest building in the UK, beaten only by the Shard.
2012 Olympic Park –2012 London Olympic Games was undoubtedly be the biggest event of the year as countries from across the globe contest for the various medals on offer. Not everyone was lucky enough to secure tickets but, if you missed out, why not take a trip to the incredible Olympic stadium to see where the magic is created.
O2 Arena –Another iconic facility, the O2 arena is famous for its ability host major concerts. There are numerous gigs coming up during the rest of the year, so get involved.