London Docklands Hotels

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From inauspicious beginnings in the 1980s, the regeneration of London Docklands has been not so much a success story as something of a minor miracle. When Canary Wharf, containing Britain's tallest building, was completed, much of it lay empty and now it stands proudly at the heart of a financial district which overshadows even the City of London itself. Similarly when the Millennium Dome was conceived and constructed it was regarded by many as a white elephant and now with the transformation complete into one of the world's foremost event and performance venues, the story of London's East End and the famous old docks on the Thames comes full circle. London Docklands hotels are very much a part of this ongoing success story.

The Docklands as they are today incorporates parts of the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Newham and Southwark. Formerly the Port of London, this was once the largest port in the world with extensive wet docks, dry docks and shipyards lining this famous bend in the Thames. When the huge container ships became the standard means of transporting goods, the docks were finished as a working entity and it did not take long to set the plans in motion for regeneration of this important part of London. Among the early problems in this regard was transport, the docks being historically difficult to get to from Central London. This issue was resolved via the Docklands Light Railway and the area even has its own airport in London City Airport. The Jubilee line extension to the Isle of Dogs provides further means of access.

The skyline of the Docklands, whilst certainly indicative of a major global business district, belies many parts which have retained their old warehouse appeal and they set the backdrop for stylish waterfront living and leisure spaces. Many of the docks themselves now house marinas and other leisure facilities and with the improved transport connections the area is very much popular place to live and work. There is a distinctive culture developing here too, with two free local newspapers, the Docklands and the Peninsula now printed, and even a symphony orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia, which is based in St Anne's Limehouse, an 18th century church in Tower Hamlets.

Regeneration is catching on and spreading to other parts of the East End, most notably Greenwich and Deptford, boosted by new transport links and new development opportunities. Greenwich, on the south side of the river from the Isle of Dogs, has many further attractions for visitors, most of them associated with its famous maritime history. It is this mix of the historical and the ultra-modern which defines the Docklands and now much of the East End in general and it makes for a diverse range of London Docklands hotels, each of them primed to provide the right services and environments for the increasing visitor numbers looking to spend some time on business or pleasure in this dynamic and progressive part of London.

In the larger and luxury London Docklands hotels, guests should certainly expect the latest tools, services and spaces for business. There will be business centres, secretarial services, meeting and conference venues and a host of other features which might be expected of a location within an important business district. Further to that, the leisure features and facilities will be just as impressive, from fine dining restaurants to stylish lounge bars. Whether for an overnight stay to attend an event or an extended Docklands business or leisure stay, the hotels in the area will provide everything required to make that stay as pleasant and productive as possible.