20 Salter Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 5PRShow on map
"Explore London cheaply by staying at this friendly YHA hostel in Docklands" This great hostel in South East London is run by the Youth Hostel Association, a charity with a mission to inspire everyone,... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
469 - 475 The Highway Road, Limehouse, E1W 3HNShow on map
Holiday Inn Express London – Limehouse is very convenient for London’s business region of Docklands, the news and media hub at Wapping and capital’s traditional financial centre, the City of... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
265 Rotherhithe Street, Docklands, SE16 5HWShow on map
The Hilton Docklands Hotel is a 378 room, 4 star hotel which is located in the Docklands area of South East London. The nearest tube station to the venue is Canada Water. This lies in Zone 2 of the Underground... Read More »
2 Butcher Row, Limehouse, E14 8DSShow on map
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a stylish 36 room campus which is set in Limehouse, East London. The closest tube station to the venue is Stepney Green. This lies in Zone 2 of the Underground system.... Read More »
Apartment - classic modern
577 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HJShow on map
Marlin City Docklands Apartments is an 81 classic 4 star apartment building which is situated in Whitechapel, East London. The closest station to the property is Limehouse which is on the DLR service. The... Read More »
514 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HYShow on map
The Pink Apartments is a 4 room serviced apartment block which is located in Whitechapel, East London. This lies in Zone 2 of the Underground system. The closest tube station to the Pink Apartments is... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
261 - 267 Commercial Road, Whitechapel, E1 2BTShow on map
In the centre of trendy Shoreditch, visitors will find the Holiday Inn Commercial Road which is a 4 star, 133 room hotel. You can have the chance to explore a number of shops, bars and restaurants in the area... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
St Katherines' Way, Tower Hill, E1W 1LDShow on map
Tower Hotel, on the bank of the River Thames next to Tower Bridge, is convenient for the financial and commercial areas of the City and Docklands as well as the bright lights of the West End. The hotel is 0.4... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
46 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, E14 8RSShow on map
"Stunning views of the River Thames and Canary Wharf from luxury rooms and suites" Located in a vibrant part London with views of the River Thames and the City, the stylish and intimate 10-storey Four Seasons... Read More »
Apartment - classic modern
39 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, E14 8RWShow on map
Hotel information In the heart of London’s Docklands, Circus Apartments by BridgeStreet is 0.2 miles from Westferry station on the Docklands Light Railway. West India Quay DLR station and Canary Wharf... Read More »
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Rotherhithe is on a peninsula on the south bank of the River Thames, facing Wapping and the Isle of Dogs, and is a part of London’s Docklands area.
Nowadays it is primarily a residential area, but Rotherhithe has a long history as a port, with many shipyards from Elizabethan times until the early 20th Century and with working docks until the 1970s. In the 1980s the area along the river was redeveloped as upmarket housing, with warehouse conversions and trendy new buildings. The extension of the Jubilee Line of the London Underground connected Rotherhithe with the West End and Canary Wharf. The London Overground linked the area to the City of London. Canada Water, a new town centre with restaurants and shops, has been developed around the freshwater lake and transport hub.
The name "Rotherhithe" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “rother” meaning sailor, and hyth meaning haven. Rotherhithe’s interesting character comes from its maritime heritage. Greenland Dock is one large surviving dock on the south bank and there are wharves along the riverside. St Mary's Church is at the centre of the old town of Rotherhithe village, which contains historic buildings including the Brunel Engine House at the south end of the Thames Tunnel.
Rotherhithe has historic associations with America. In July 1620, the Mayflower set off from Rotherhithe for Southampton on the south coast of England, to load supplies for the Pilgrim Fathers' famous voyage to New England. The ship's captain, Christopher Jones, died after he returned, in 1621, and is buried in St Mary's Church. The Mayflower sailed from docks near the Shippe pub in Rotherhithe Street, which is now called the Mayflower.
Much of the former Surrey Docks had strong trade links to Scandinavia and the area is still home to a Scandinavian community, with Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish churches. The Greenland Passage development was designed by Danish Company Kjaer & Richter. The relationship with Scandinavia and the Baltic is also reflected in the names of buildings such as the King Frederik IX Tower and place names such as Greenland Dock. In the Second World War, Norway's King Haakon VII and his parliament established a government in exile in Rotherhithe from June 1940 until June 1945.
The riverbank offers a beautiful place for walking or cycling. A path runs along the banks of the Thames from Richmond to the Thames Barrier through London. The riverbank is easily accessible at Rotherhithe. Green spaces in the area include King’s Stairs Gardens, Southwark Park and Stave Hill Ecological Park. Surrey Docks Farm and the Brunel Museum are worth visiting. The area has plenty of places to eat and traditional pubs.
Rotherhithe is linked to the north bank of the River Thames by three tunnels. The Thames Tunnel to Wapping was the first underwater tunnel in the world. Built by Victorian engineers Marc Isambard Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it was at one time a pedestrian tunnel, but is now used by the London Overground railway network. The Rotherhithe Tunnel carries two lanes of road traffic to Limehouse, in East London. The Jubilee Line extension has a railway tunnel to Canary Wharf in Docklands.
Rotherhithe has extremely good train connections. Near the river, in the north, Rotherhithe is a London Overground station in Travelcard Zone 2. Canada Water station is in central Rotherhithe. This is an important transport interchange, connecting the London Overground and the Jubilee line of the London Underground, as well as having a bus station. Other nearby stations are Bermondsey, which is also on the Jubilee line, and South Bermondsey railway station to the south west.
The river also offers wonderful commuting or sightseeing opportunities. You can catch river boats at Greenland Dock Pier, which is served by Thames Clippers, and at Hilton Docklands Pier you can catch the Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe ferry.
Rotherhithe is a good budget place to stay if you want to be close to Docklands. A cheap option for a hotel in Rotherhithe is the YHA London Thameside Hostel.