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What is now a massive financial centre, was in the nineteenth century, the world’s largest port – and between the great glass skyscrapers, old warehouses still stand, creating an absorbing architectural mix. The best hotels in Docklands enable you to explore an area stretching from St Katharine Docks and Tobacco Dock in the East End to beyond the Thames Barrier. The Museum of London Docklands will give some flavour of what this part of London was like, while more modern pursuits such as wakeboarding and stand-up paddleboarding are on offer with Wake Up Docklands by Royal Victoria. If you’re feeling extra brave, join a London Royal Docks Open Water Swimming session. The DLR will take you right to places like Greenwich and the City – nab a front seat and pretend you’re the driver. In the meantime, take a look our pick of the best hotels in Docklands.
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