Previously the Docks was part of the Port of London, which was the world’s largest port. The area is now redeveloped for commercial and residential use. This has increased a lot over the last 30 years, resulting in the population of Docklands to increase to more than double, making it a cluster of skyscrapers. Transport links has also greatly improved with a tube connection with Isle of Dogs and extended DLR to a number of areas. It has a fast connection to Central London via both the Jubilee line and amazing views of riverboats to Central London pier.
In 2006, after the purchase of Docklands news, London Docklands boasted its own free newspaper, The Docklands. It comes out every Tuesday and covers a combination of news, lifestyle and sport. It can be delivered to properties in the area, or available to pick up from Canary Wharf, Royal Docks and Greenwich.
There are many activities to enjoy in Royal Docks such as the Emirates Air Line, cable car. It is the first cable car of this kind in the UK, extending to the River Thames. It has spectacular views and is considered a leisure attraction in its own as well as a form of transport. As the cable cars go up 90 meters above the River Thames, some of the splendid views include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin, The Shard, Thames Barrier, and Queen Olympic Park. Another link through the cable cars is to the famous O2 Arena. It is a venue for music, sports and entertainment with nearby cinemas, restaurants and attractions.
Interesting fact: Charles Dickens makes frequent use of the riverside and docklands in novels such as Our Mutual Friend and Great Expectations, and there is a memorable description of the docks, their buildings and people, in Joseph Conrad's The Mirror of the Sea.