St Katharine Docks
All photos of St Katharine Docks dated 2015-2016 are the actual ones and were taken with iPhone 5s.
St Katharine Docks are located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. St Katharine Docks were one of the commercial docks serving London, on the north side of the river Thames just east (downstream) of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
St Katharine Docks took their name from the former hospital of St Katharine's by the Tower, built in the 12th century, which stood on the site. The docks were officially opened on 25 October 1828.
They were part of the Port of London, in the area now known as the Docklands.
The St Katharine Docks were badly damaged by German bombing during the Second World War. All the warehouses around the eastern basin were destroyed, and the site they had occupied remained derelict until the 1990s.
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Now the St Katharine Docks is a popular housing and leisure complex.
The St Katharine Docks now feature offices, public and private housing, a large hotel, shops and restaurants, a pub (The Dickens Inn, a former brewery dating back to the 18th century), a yachting marina and other recreational facilities.
Notable boats regularly moored in the docks including the royal barge Gloriana, the former Port of London Authority hydrographic survey vessel MV Havengore and some Thames sailing barges.
Notable residents are represented by Ruth Kelly, former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; David Mellor, broadcaster and former politician, and Penelope, Viscountess Cobham; and my favorite actor David Suchet.