St. Katherine’s Docks is something of a London secret in that unless you have reason to go past it or happen to live nearby, you would never know it was there. For this reason we were unsure whether to include it simply because we’re selfish and want to keep it to ourselves! But that wouldn’t be fair to it, as St Katherine’s Docks and the Dickens Inn firmly deserves a spot on the London Date Guide.
Situated right next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, St Katherine’s Docks is working docks but filled with expensive yachts and private boats that you’ll walk past with envious stares. Bars and restaurants are scattered around these docks with the islands and walkways attached by small bridges. With water surrounding you, you’ll feel like you’re on holiday, especially if the sun is out.
Sitting on the far side of the docks, the Dickens Inn was most likely started in the 1700s, and still looks like it’s out of those times. It has two restaurants and offers a fantastic view of the docks. The Pizzeria serves up reasonably priced and tasty selection of pizzas, while the Grill offers traditional British dishes such as fisherman’s pie and sausage and mash. Even if you don’t fancy eating here, we really recommend you coming for a drink – sit outside and while away the time enjoying the view and watching the world go by.
We came here during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and watched the festivities on the big screen which was put up by the Docks. A pop up food market added to the enjoyment and we couldn’t help but treat ourselves to the chocolate brownies. Fantastic spot to soak in the atmosphere (though shame about the rain!)