A Visit to St Katharine Docks


If you couldn’t tell from the blue plaques, St Katharine Docks are by no means a recent development. To the contrary, this remarkable pocket of London has sailed on for almost two centuries. On 25th October 1828, St Katharine Docks were opened and, unsurprisingly, it wasn’t a low-key event. As the lock, designed by Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford, was unveiled, the good ship Elizabeth  entered with the national flag rigged to its masts. The world had arrived at St Katharine Docks.

As we approach its 190th birthday this year – and that’s no mean feat, we’ll sure you’ll agree – we’ll be celebrating the various incarnations the Docks have seen over the past two centuries: international import hub, Modernist architecture revival and, now, an intersection between past and present with multiple bars and restaurants all surrounding central London’s only marina.

All in all, it’s somewhere that deserves a little birthday party. And that’s exactly what we’ve done. As a landmark year for St Katharine Docks, we’ve organised a summer that’s jam-packed with events for everyone to enjoy.

Street-Food Market – Every Friday, 11.30am – 2pm
Visit our weekly food market with 15 of the capital’s best street-food traders to choose from. With a selection of regularly changing traders, you can visit time and time again and you’ll never get bored.

St Kats Big Screen Presents: Wimbledon
2nd July – 15th July
If you were left empty-handed in the Wimbledon ballot then not to worry. We’ll be showing big-screen coverage of this year’s Wimbledon Tennis Championships complete with deckchairs, and the obligarory Pimm’s and strawberries. What better way to cheer on Andy Murray?

Floating Film Festival – 16th July – 29th July
If you’re more of a film buff than a sports buff, know that the Floating Film Festival will be returning for another year. This time, there’ll be two weeks’ worth of silver-screen scorchers on our Floating Pontoon, with tickets on sale via Eventbrite now.

Classic Boat Festival – 7th – 9th September
And as summer starts to close, we’ll be visiting St Katharine’s roots with the Classic Boat Festival. You’ll find more than 40 vintage sailing and motor boats to explore with waterside activities such as canoeing for the whole family to enjoy.

For more information, or to be kept up to date with our exciting events programme, please refer to our seasonal guides which can be collected from our Marina Reception, or visit our website www.skdocks.co.uk.

We can’t wait to see you there.

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