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Connecting the Royal Docks to the River Bus

Royal Wharf on our route map

From Friday 18 October 2019, Thames Clippers will begin calling at Royal Wharf. Our 23rd pier provides a new transport option to and from central London for residents of the Royal Docks, visitors to ExCel London and travellers using London City Airport.

Located between North Greenwich and Woolwich (Royal Arsenal) piers, Royal Wharf will be served by our RB1 route during the week and RB1, RB1X and RB5 at weekends.

The new service offers journey times of 38 minutes between Royal Wharf Pier and central London (London Bridge City Pier), with boats running a direct service every 20-30 minutes at the morning and evening peak times and every 30 minutes during the day at weekends.

Around Royal Wharf Pier

In times gone by, the three Royal Docks (Royal Albert, Royal Victoria and King George V Dock) formed the largest enclosed docks in the world.

From the 1960s, London's inner docklands began to decline. Containerisation forced London's docks to move further downstream so that they could accommodate larger ships but the Royal Docks remained open to commercial traffic until 1981, much later than any of the docks further upstream.

As traffic has decreased, the area surrounding the Royal Docks has been redeveloped, providing new homes, activities and attractions including:

Royal Victoria Dock

Festivals and events throughout the year

The Royal Docks is now home to a growing and varied programme of events all year round, thanks to the team behind the regeneration of the Royal Docks. The annual Join the Docks Festival is a particular highlight which consisted of more than 400 events celebrating the unique culture and heritage of London's docklands across summer 2019.

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ExCeL London

ExCeL London is the capital's premier exhibition and conference centre. ExCeL London has hosted many high profile events including the G20 Summit and numerous sports during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Regular events held at the ExCeL include MCM London Comic Con, The Clothes Show Live and the National Wedding Show. ExCeL London is a 22 minute walk from Royal Wharf Pier.

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Thames Barrier Park

Thames Barrier Park

Stradling the north bank of the river beside the famous flood gate, Thames Barrier Park is one of the largest riverside parks in London. The park's centrepiece, The Green Dock, harks back to the area's historic role as a busy international port and symbolises its regrowth following deindustrialisation. The park has won numerous design awards.

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WakeUp Docklands

WakeUp Docklands

London’s only cable wake park, WakeUp Docklands offers a variety of water sports in an inner-city environment. Sports you can try your hand at include cable wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), SUP yoga/pilates and hydrofoiling, all on the Royal Victoria Dock.

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The Crystal

The Crystal

One of the most sustainable buildings in the world, The Crystal is owned and operated by Siemens as a global hub for debate on sustainable living and development. Over 10,000 people have visited the iconic building which houses interactive exhibitions about the future of cities, as well as events and Siemens' office space.

Please note: The Crystal's exhibition area is currently undergoing refurbishment but will re-open soon. The Crystal Café is still open.

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Good Hotel

Good Hotel London

London's floating hotel aims to provide an experience designed with eye for detail. Good Hotel is a social enterprise project, sourcing all the ingredients used in its popular rooftop restaurant from local businesses and offers training to help long-term unemployed people get back into work.

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City Airport

Image credit: James Petts

London City Airport

With flights to destinations across Europe, London City Airport is the closest airport to Canary Wharf and the City. Located a half-hour walk or one stop on the DLR from Royal Wharf Pier, it's now even easier to sail into your holiday or business trip.

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