Due to their high incidences on the delta variant of Covid-19, the United Kingdom is still / again in the highest risk class in the German pandemic regulation. Traveling to the the country inevitably leads to a two week quarantine period, no exception to speed up. It is just some two months until the 2021/22 season of the Rock of Ages musical tour will start traveling through the country – so far, I can hardly estimate if I can really use my tickets and flights. I also really miss London, which I typically visit a couple of times per year. In one of my last times at the Thames, I spent some time in the Docklands area. This is a Pictured Story about the London Docklands, i.e. the focus is on major size pictures, less text, no rating.
London Docklands – Location & Transport
The pictures in this posting have all been taken on the Isle of Dogs penninsula. It is nowadays likely the most well-known part of the Docklands. The name of that area is really related to shipyards – the whole area was historically used for ship maintenance. Nowadays, especially the area which I walked through is majorly a financial and services district. I also had one hotel review at the Isle of Dogs so far – my thoughts about the Novotel London Canary Wharf were rather mixed, though. In other areas of the Docklands, I also stayed at the ibis London Canning Town. The area also has some touristic attractions like the interesting (and free entry) London Docklands Museum.
The classic public transport to move in the Docklands is of course the DLR, the Docklands Light Railway. The (typically automated) tram-alike trains also connects to London City Airport, Bank, Stratford and other destinations in East London. The Jubilee Line is connecting to Canary Wharf station and thus connects the district with the Underground system. An alternative transportation are the public ferry connections like the Thames Clippers. The Isle of Dogs is not part of the congestion zone and thus does not require any road toll.
Walking Through The London Docklands
The area underwent quite a massive transformation. Apart from the waterways, which are still existing, it is hard to believe that this area hosted ship docks. There are a couple of signs, however, which remind of the heritage. Nowadays, the architecture is dominated by skyscrapers.
There are several services in the area, which offers a couple of picturesque views. There are a couple of beautiful park areas in the district. I really enjoyed strolling through them and just having a relaxing time.
Transport, Food and other Services
The DLR takes some really scenic routes through the area – some on elevated routes through skyscrapers. The Canary Wharf Underground Station is really huge and also offers impressive views. The area around the Underground Station also hosts a major indoor shopping mall.
One service I really liked are the food trucks and food booths which are spread through the area. In non-Covid times, it is also very interesting to watch the people getting their lunch break bites at their favorite locations.
Isle Of Dogs At Night
Many London Dockland visitors may rather visit the area during daylight – but the Docklands are also beautiful at night. Here are some impressions.