St Katherine’s Docks is a marina area hidden behind the massive Hilton hotel east of Tower Bridge on the north bank of the Thames.
I really love visiting St Katherine’s Docks as it feels so quiet and relaxing with the sound of water all around you.
The old Docks were bombed heavily during the war and left derelict until the 90s. They’ve since been redeveloped with lots of beautiful waterfront apartments and offices, and bars and restaurants which I try and frequent when I’m in the area. You can see the Hilton hotel just under the shard in the picture above. It really is very dated, but apparently it’s one of the fullest hotels in London, so there’s no incentive for them to renovate. Such a shame that it’s so big and ugly…!
The Dicken’s Inn pub stands out on the west side of the Docks. It’s a refurbished 19th century warehouse that was used either to house tea or may have been a local brewery. It has come a long way since its first days as a pub; when the floors were covered in sawdust and tables were lit by candlelight. I’ve never been here when it hasn’t been completely full, mainly filled with locals and full of city workers after 5pm.
The weather was cold so I wore my fluffy headband from Asos and my Sweaty Betty jacket.
St Katherine’s Docks are a welcome and peaceful break from the bustle of the rest of the E1 postcode. It’s lovely in the summer to sit out at one of the cafe’s and watch the world go by, or in the winter hide inside and wonder who owns all the boats moored there. A lovely little paradise in central London.