Guide to living in
ST KATHERINE DOCKS
Formerly one of the buzzing commercial docks on the North bank of the River Thames, St Katharines sits to the east of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. After ceasing industrial responsibilities as a dock the area is now a housing and leisure complex perfect for the modern city dweller.
Opened in 1828 and gradually closed and refurbished from the 70’s to the present day, St Katharines covers approximately 42,500 sq metres. Many city high flyers and young professionals now live here due to the central location and fantastic leisure facilities.
“St Katharines Docks is home to some of the best water-facing property in the capital. Converted warehouses and purpose-built blocks are the norm with traditional houses more difficult to find around here”
St Katharines Docks now houses offices, private and public housing, a hotel, shops, restaurants and last but not least a yachting marina, yes that’s a yachting marina in Central London!
Many tourists now visit the area every year to sample the thriving fusion of history and gentrification. There are a wealth of retail options for happy shoppers at the docks, including some well-known reliable names as well as some high-end independent boutiques.
Property in the area is not particularly varied but that’s not to say it is not of a high standard. St Katharines Docks is home to some of the best water-facing property in the capital. Converted warehouses and purpose-built blocks are the norm with traditional houses more difficult to find around here.
One of the best known and longest serving pubs in London, the Dickens Inn now has pizza and grill restaurants as part of its armoury, however it has not relinquished a jot of its traditional charm. One of the best restaurants around here is the Riverlounge Italian, providing some truly memorable views with gourmet food to match
Watching the yachts come in to the marina is a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours and we would also recommend taking the Thames River Service from St Katharine Pier to the Westminster Millennium Pier for an afternoon on the Southbank.
If you’re not travelling on the water then there are a variety of rail services to take you to and from the docks. Tower Hill is the nearest tube station, Tower Gateway is the nearest DLR station and Fenchurch Street is the nearest National Rail station.