Escape to The City – St Katherine’s Docks
This month, we’re heading to one of my favourite hidden gems in central London.
St Katherine’s Docks, just a few streets away from the buzz of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, is a welcome contrast to the nearby tourist attractions. With a vibrant yet laid-back feel to the area, it is the perfect place to sit back and relax.
Once a commercial dock, St Katherine’s was badly damaged in the Second World War. It remained derelict until the 70s, until developers transformed the area into a modern hub for businesses and residents, as well as making space for an array of independent pubs, restaurants, and coffee shops. The three adjoining docks are home to luxury yachts, giving the area an affluent yet tranquil feel.
I discovered St Katherine’s Docks in my first week in the city. Here are a few of the best spots to enjoy the area.
For a relaxed dinner setting, grab a table at Emilia’s; an Italian-style dockside restaurant serving fresh pasta dishes. Located in the heart of the marina, surrounded by some of London’s largest private yachts, you will feel as though you are in Italy itself.
Or, if you fancy something lighter, head round the marina to Bravas Tapas for Spanish small plates, again with an encapsulating Mediterranean-style view. I would highly recommend the Iberian pork belly.
My favourite eatery, however, is the small London-based coffee joint, White Mulberries. Cozy yet vibrant, the cafe overlooks the docks, letting you to watch the world go by as you enjoy your morning coffee. Being a Gen Z, I am particularly drawn to the place for its pleasing aesthetic and picturesque brunch plates. Aside from this, White Mulberries also does great coffee and fresh pastries.
If you find yourself in east-central London with an hour to spare, visit St Katherine’s Docks.