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Tobacco Dock

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4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Tobacco Dock
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Time Out says

A huge, Grade I listed warehouse in East London, Tobacco Dock was originally constructed in the early 1800s but now plays host to some altogether more modern pleasures. From rooftop film screenings, to pop-up festivals to day raves, it's a teeming hub of exciting London day and nightlife.



Address: 50
Porters Walk
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Really disappointed at the number of food outlets where you could actually buy food to consume there and then. At other Taste events there have been many, many more. The Battersea Food Festival a few months ago had infinitely moe. I really can't tell you just how disappointed I am. Very poor value - cost £17.00 to get in, just to walk round a load of stands where you could buy (admittedly very good) produce to take home.


I went to Tobacco Docks on the weekend for lululemon's SWEAT LIFE festival. What an amazing space, and so easy to get to via overground, DLR or bus. The layout of the venue is fab with loads of varying sized rooms both upstairs and down. What I really enjoyed is the outside space where deckchairs were set-up and permanent circular seating is in place. I'm going to keep an eye out for other events popping up at this venue.


If you ever get a chance to visit here, you really should. Its a little bit off the beaten track which means it feels quite magical and theres so many naval statues or artefacts to pass on your travels you forget why were there. There's lots of different exhibitions on during the year or you might be lucky enough to work here or going to the ice rink on the disused car parking roof. 

If you are a business thinking of renting a workspace I think this place is perfect. Plenty of room and the bar / cafe is comfy. Apparently the rates are not as high as We Work but the quality is on par. 


Such a unique venue, I really love to visit. So ideal for so many events: I went for Annie Mac's day rave, which was truly wonderful. With the carpark available as space to party, many different rooms able to fit many people in. As well open areas to smoke it. I'd like to go during work hours and see the transformation of it being used as shared workplaces.


I love this venue and always enjoy the various events held here.  It's a beautiful building with a lot of history, which lends itself well to host events such as the Gin Festival.  It's relatively well-located in Shadwell but it can be a bit of a walk from the nearest tube station.


A fantastic, under-used events space in Wapping, suffused with maritime history and interesting little nooks to explore. 

Up on the roof at Tobacco Dock we joined other Time Out Card holders for an evening of live music and film. It was pretty awesome. The live artists Amy Hudson, Benjamin Yellowitz and Beth Keeping played with the high-rise buildings of the city as their backdrop. As it went dark the screen lit up and we sat back to enjoy Whiplash. I am not sure a September Monday night gets much better than this. 


One of my favourite venues in London. I have been to Tobacco Dock on a few separate occasions for events ranging from food festivals to club nights. Each time I have been more than satisfied with the venue. Obviously each event has its own layout and theme but normally there will be numerous food pop ups outside on the dock with the inside's huge open plan warehouse spaces used for everything from Live music and dance workshops to art exhibits and sports events.

Look out for the LWE events regularly held here and Street-Fest, which was amazing this year!


Totally epic venue that hosts a range of events from club nights to conferences. For club nights, it brings back what old iconic venues used to have - big open spaces, lots of variety and yes, a grotty car park to rave in! Drinks are (like most other venues these days) rather expensive and when they've had day long clubbing events on there hasn't been loads of food choice. But if you're there for the clubbing experience, it's definitely one to check out.

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