ST KATHARINE DOCKS

The hidden gem of Tower Hamlets, St Katharine Docks is packed with shops, cafes and restaurants.

Water in London isn’t an unusual thing – not only does it rain a lot here but the city is built on a whopping great river but did you know that there’s an actual marina here where you can moor your boat? St Katharine Docks, which lies just a few minutes away from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, is Central London’s only marina boasting 185 berths and a calendar of nautical events, including a classic boat festival, a floating film festival and regular paddleboarding sessions.

Once a commercial dock that made up part of the Port of London in the 19th and early 20th centuries, welcoming cargo like wine, spices, perfumes, tea and rum into London, St Kats was badly damaged by bombs during World War II meaning much of the area lay derelict until the 1970s until redevelopment started. Now St Kats is home to office and residential buildings as well as an array of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Given its proximity to the City and to tourist attractions like the Tower of London, it’s not surprising that there are a fair few chain restaurants, like Ping Pong, Cote and Zizzi, at St Kats but there are a few independent spots and little gems here too. Emilia’s Crafted Pasta is one of the best fresh pasta joints in London, White Mulberries is an award-winning coffee shop, KERB runs a lunchtime market at the Docks, and there’s the Dickens Inn, housed in an 18th-century warehouse complete with timber framed balconies and hanging baskets. There’s even a branch of F45 so you can work up a sweat before you treat yourself to food and drink by the waterside, so there’s plenty to see and do in St Katharine Docks.

WHITE MULBERRIES

Ivory House St Katharine Docks E1W 1AT

There’s no better place to get your shots off than White Mulberries. The coffee shop serves up a damn good cuppa joe and their brunch is pretty spot on too. With all their goodies made in house or delivered from local bakeries, it’s all super fresh and totally instagrammable.

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EMILIA'S CRAFTED PASTA

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IVORY HOUSE, ST KATHARINE DOCKS, LONDON, E1W 1AT

Fresh, reasonably priced decent pasta is what Emilia’s Crafted Pasta is all about. Serving up old school traditional family recipes that have been passed down the generations, expect fresh dishes that tick all the boxes. And if you can’t decide that 4-hour slow-cooked bolognese pappardelle is a must. Top food paired with a relaxed atmosphere makes Emilia’s the ideal place to get your pasta fix.

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BRAVAS TAPAS

Saint Katherine Docks, East Smithfield, London E1W 1AT

As the name suggests, Bravas Tapas is all about the tapas! The independent restaurant has a proper family-run vibe and is perfect for date night. With candles, Modern Basque small plates, Spanish cocktails and an outdoor terrace you might even forget you’re in London…

ZIZZI

12 Ivory Street, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 1AT

If you’re after a pizza, Zizzi will do the job. Their thin and crispy pizzas are loaded with toppings and they cater for all diets with gluten-free bases and vegan mozzarella. With regular offers and a menu that will suit almost everyone, you can’t really go wrong at Zizzi.

PING PONG

UNIT 3 QUAYSIDE, London E1W 1BA

Ping Pong is all about dim sum, cocktails and Chinese tea. Whether you’re after a light bite or full on feast, these guys will sort you right out. And with happy hour cocktails Mon – Thurs, it’s worth just popping in for a few waterside cocktails if nothing else!

KILIKYA'S

Ivory House, St. Katharine's Docks London, United Kingdom

Kilikya’s is a proper Turkish restaurant – none of that greasy crap and customer service is spot on! Serving up set lunch & evening menus, alongside an a la carte menu, there’s something for everyone and every budget. From the falafel to the mixed iskender kebap and the sea bream to courgette fritters, you really can’t go wrong with a Turkish feast here!

DICKENS INN

Marble Quay St Katharine's Way London, E1W 1UH

The Dickens Inn is a pretty special pub. Housed in an 18th-century warehouse – think timber framed balconies and hanging baskets – it’s the perfect place to grab a pint, and once you’ve had a few too many there’s some pretty bangin’ pizza to chow down on too; their 15″ x 23″ beast is legendary! Oh and there’s two HUGE beer gardens, perfect for that summer sun!

CÔTE BRASSERIE

International House, 1 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1UN, United Kingdom

Inspired by the brasseries of Paris, you can’t go wrong with dinner at Côte Brasserie. Their all-day menu is pretty accessible with French classics like Beef Bourguignon, Escalope De Veau and Poulet ‘Breton’. Yes, it might be a chain, but this one smashes it out the bag!

CAFE ROUGE

Unit 4, Quay Side Road, St Katharine Dock, London, London, E1W 1AN

This isn’t just any ol’ Cafe Rouge. St Kats Dock Cafe Rouge has bangin’ views across the marina, outdoor seating and nautical vibes inside and out. Expect the usual French-style grub with Steak Frites, Poulet Breton, Moules and Confit de Canard on the menu. And with regular offers on food, you could bag yourself a bargain dinner here!

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