CENTRAL LONDON’S BEST-KEPT SECRET

St Katharine Docks

A MARINE OASIS YARDS FROM TOWER BRIDGE AND THE FINANCE DISTRICT

A MARINE OASIS YARDS FROM TOWER BRIDGE AND THE FINANCE DISTRICT
A MARINE OASIS YARDS FROM TOWER BRIDGE AND THE FINANCE DISTRICT
“The location is excellent for tourists while the ablutions are first class”
Jeremy Campbell

St Katharine Docks feels a world away from much of the capital. Its tranquil, laid-back character is a welcome contrast from nearby attractions like the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Bank of England and The Monument; not to mention the busy business districts around Moorgate and across the river at London Bridge. It’s also a great stop-off before or after time spent in bustling destinations like Shoreditch, the South Bank and West End.


Connections

BY THE HEART OF THE CITY

St Katharine Docks feels a world away from much of the capital. Its tranquil, laid-back character is a welcome contrast from nearby attractions like the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Bank of England and The Monument; not to mention the busy business districts around Moorgate and across the river at London Bridge. It’s also a great stop-off before or after time spent in bustling destinations like Shoreditch, the South Bank and West End.

11 CENTURIES OF HISTORY

A dramatic history

THE DOCKS HAVE REFLECTED LONDON’S PROMINENCE FOR OVER A MILLENIA

10th Century

For their bravery and valour, King Edgar rewards 13 of his knights with the land around what would become St Katharine Docks.

12th Century

Queen Matilda blesses the creation of ‘The Royal Foundation of St Katharine’, including its hospice for pilgrims and weary travellers.

16th Century

King Henry VIII’s reformation leaves St Katharine Docks untouched, in respect for its namesake: his new bride, Catherine of Aragon.

 

18th Century

Merchant William Vaughn lobbies parliament to increase the Docks’ capacity, and London’s ability to import more goods.

1826

Architect Philip Hardwich and Engineer Thomas Telford dock design will handle more goods, faster, than any other site globally.

 

1828

It costs £2m to redevelop the Docks. Along the way, 24 acres of slums and the old hospice are demolished – their 11,300 residents moved on.

1858

An additional warehouse, called the ‘i’ is designed and built on the Docks – what is now called Ivory House.

1940

St. Katharine Docks becomes renowned for valuable cargos, like wine, tea, marble, spices, rum, brandy, indigo and perfumes.

1970

New leaseholder Taylor Woodrow replaces warehouses with residential and commercial buildings, including the Tower Hotel.

1985

Ernie Wise makes the UK’s first civilian mobile phone call on a 5KG Vodafone VT1 (in Dickensian dress, outside the Dickens Inn).

1999

The first Riverboat service arrives at St Katharine Pier as the Docks builds a reputation for elegant al fresco dining.

2014

Architects Buckley Gray Yeoman’ Commodity Quay opens, modelled on the warehouse that originally stood on the same site.

2016

Camper and Nicholsons Marinas take on the Docks’ management, with ambitious plans for its future evolution.


EAT, DRINK AND MAKE MERRY

Retail Space

AN IN-THE-KNOW PLACE PEOPLE COME BACK TO, TIME AND AGAIN.

AN IN-THE-KNOW PLACE PEOPLE COME BACK TO, TIME AND AGAIN.
AN IN-THE-KNOW PLACE PEOPLE COME BACK TO, TIME AND AGAIN.
“Best location in London. Dining, wining and sailing :)”
Nandan Yargan

Healthy (and hearty) breakfasts, quick and leisurely lunches, classic and adventurous dinners – St Katharine Docks has menus for every appetite. Many of the cafés’ and restaurants’ specials bring people from across the capital to their doors. And Kerb’s regular street food market adds further scents and flavours from around the world. Truly satisfying meals, with the gorgeous Docks for a backdrop.

Retailers

Enjoy a daily-changing menu of fine seafood at The Melusine. The ‘simply sophisticated’ menu includes dishes such as grilled cuttlefish and fava, potted sardines with breakfast radishes and sourdough baguette.

St. Katharine Docks

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