Often referred to as ‘London’s best kept secret’, St. Katharine Docks provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital city, yet is a stone’s throw from iconic landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
The docks contain a premium city marina and thanks to the many restaurants and bars, is a destination in its own right for locals and tourists alike.
Being the only marina in Central London, St. Katharine Docks is a thriving waterside community featuring office space, luxury homes and quayside dining. The docks have a fascinating history and in 2018 celebrated their 190th anniversary. Opening in 1828, the Thomas Telford-designed dock was once one of the busiest ports in the UK.
On the Clipper 2019-20 Race starting at St.Katharine Docks, Paul Tetlow, Marina General Manager says: “We are delighted to welcome back the Clipper Race to St. Katharine Docks for the start of its 2019-20 edition. It is fantastic to be associated with such a prestigious sailing event which is committed to encouraging a wider interest in sailing and getting people out on the water.”
At Race Start, the fleet will be berthed in the Centre Basin at St. Katharine Docks. Crew, supporters and fans of the Clipper Race will be able to enjoy this ‘oasis in the city’. Visitors can dine alfresco at one of the many Quayside restaurants or relax at wine bars which boast waterside views.
Some of London’s most famous places of interest are just minutes away from St. Katharine Docks. Historical landmarks in the area include Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, as well as a modern city skyline featuring The Shard and The Gherkin.
The location is also host to a busy calendar of events for residents, office workers and visitors to enjoy. The marina holds regular outdoor screenings over the summer months along with watersport festivals.
Sustainability is paramount at St. Katharine Docks. Sea bins are in place to catch rubbish and plastics in the water. The docks are also home to Biodiversity projects such as bee hives to protect and maintain the population of indigenous honeybees, along with duck houses, insect hotels and bird boxes.
Places to visit
St. Katharine Docks is home to twenty different eateries.
Restaurants Dokke and Zizzi both feature large gardens, and almost all other restaurants benefit from some outdoor seating with waterside views.
With a seasonal menu that changes daily, premium restaurant Dokke is inspired by Asian cuisine.
The menu at Traders Wine Bar has many unique wines from all over the world. This popular wine bar is situated in Ivory House, the only original warehouse still standing in St. Katharine Docks today.
Enjoy a large beer selection at the The Dickens Inn or sip an Aperol Spritz or Pimms from their balcony and large garden.
Established in 2012, White Mulberries became the winner of London's Best Coffee Shop in 2014 at the Coffee Stop Awards.
Marina Day: 8 June 2019
Big Screen Presents Wimbledon: 1–14 July 2019
Floating Film Festival: 16-28 July 2019
SKD AHOY Rowing Challenge: 6 August 2019
Clipper Race Start events: 24 August - 1 September 2019
Classic Boat Festival: 6-8 September 2019
The Tower Hotel is based on site and offers views of the river and marina.
Other hotels close by include Citizen M ‘Tower of London’ and Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square.
How to get there
Opposite the Tower of London and a short stroll from Tower Hill underground, St. Katharine Docks has some of the best transport links in London. It can be reached by boat, tube, bus, train or car. More transport details can be found at http://www.skdocks.co.uk/location
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