The London Docklands sits to the east of the City of London, taking most space on the north of the River Thames. The area stretches from Tower Bridge to Woolwich and is best known for the trading power of the British Empire. In the 1980s, a regeneration project began and still continues to this day. With that, the Docklands has seen population and transport links boom making it a popular area to live.
Originally built for shipping, the Docklands is now home to skyscraping offices, stylish restaurants and bars and a vibrant cosmopolitan waterside setting. With neighbouring locations like Canary Wharf and Wapping, the area is close to a handful of impressive shopping centres as well as a lucrative financial district.
This district is where you’ll find the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which is a driverless train network that serves east, south-east London as well as London City Airport.
Much of London’s success has been a result of the River Thames and the City’s access to water, however it wasn’t until the 17th century that the docks were used seriously for seaborne trade. After the Second World War, the docks became too small to deal with large container ships and it was in the 1980s that the Docklands began to evolve into the thriving location it is today.