Visit London Blog » st katharine docks Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Honesty Shop in a Red Double-Decker Bus Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:30:40 +0000

A pop-up honesty shop opened in St Katharine Docks this week, inside a 50-year-old red double-decker bus.

The shop sells a variety of British-made crafts, including pet toys, gardening tools, kitchenware and knitwear. I particularly liked the soft woollen socks from Devon and the fluffy sheep toys.

Each item is priced but there’s no shopkeeper on-board. Customers are trusted to take an honesty envelope, place their money inside and post it in a traditional red post box inside the bus.

It’s all for a good cause as 10% of profits go to Compassion in World Farming, a charity that campaigns against cruel factory farming practices.

The Honesty Shop is in St Katharine Docks for three months. You can find out more at or

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Video: London’s Olympic Park in LEGO Sat, 04 Aug 2012 15:30:47 +0000

We love this replica of the Olympic Park made from LEGO!

You’ll find this faithful reproduction (even down to the wild flowers!) at Visit Denmark’s “Imagination” exhibition, open until the 12 August at St Katharine Docks.

Other highlights of the Imagine Denmark exhibition include a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale world, more LEGO activities and a special visit to the docks by the Vikings complete with five Viking boats. Imagine Denmark is one of the many National Olympic houses open in London for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Read about more about the National Houses here

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London Photo of the Week: St Katharine Docks Sat, 09 Jun 2012 08:00:49 +0000

Doolallyally‘s gorgeous evening shot of St Katharine Docks really shows off the elegant marina in a good light.

A former working dockyard, the area was transformed into a glamorous central London marina in the 1970s. At St Katharine Docks you’ll find a weekly Friday food market, as well as shops and great places to eat.

If like Doolallyally, you’ve been out and about in London recently and taken some stunning photos, don’t forget to add them to the Visit London Flickr group.

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In Pictures: The Thames Revival 2010 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:00:21 +0000 Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen Thames Revival. Photo by Jenny Owen

Boats and bunting were the order of the weekend at the Thames Revival. The event, part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival, celebrated maritime history with a gathering of classic boats at St Katharine Docks.

There was lots of nautical fun to be had including a vintage tea tent, paper boat racing and a 1930s-themed party, SS Atlantica, aboard the Silver Sturgeon.

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Polish Ship Arrives in London Mon, 06 Sep 2010 12:50:03 +0000 Acrobatics using the ship's rigging. Photo By: Jonny Payne A bust of famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. Photo By: Jonny Payne London and Polish officials at the launch. Photo By: Jonny Payne Fryderyk Chopin has moored at St Katharine's Pier. Photo By: Jonny Payne Fryderyk Chopin at St Katharine's Pier near Tower Bridge. Photo By: Jonny Payne Crew members entertain guests with traditional Polish songs. Photo By: Jonny Payne

Fryderyk Chopin arrived in London on Friday – not the composer but a ship named after him – which has moored on St Katharine’s Pier next to Tower Bridge.

The world’s second largest brig has arrived for the Mayor’s Thames Festival, which takes place from Saturday and I was lucky enough to be invited aboard.

At 40m in height, with a bust of the famous composer, an incredible 23 different sails and more than 130 guide ropes attached, it’s an impressive sight.

The young and enthusiastic crew – all students from Poland – will entertain Londoners and visitors with traditional dances, songs and acrobatics as well as guiding visitors around the ship during their stay in London.

Mr Rafał Szmytke, President of the Polish Tourist Organisation said:

“They’re the best of the best, hand-picked finalists of a national competition. They are young, creative, and passionate about telling the world about their cities, regions and the country.”

I spoke to crew member Michael Szynkarzynshi who told me:

“The whole course took about three months and there were almost 70 students from all around Poland from at least 75 universities and we were specially picked.”

He added “We had to send a special one-minute video presenting ourselves and the most interesting people were chosen.”

The students will be teaching visitors the Polonaise, a traditional Polish dance, leading up to a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people dancing the Polonaise at one time on Sunday 12 September.

Fryderyk Chopin will now  be at Canary Wharf until 12 September. The Mayor’s Thames Festival takes place this weekend.

Click on the video below to see the Fryderyk Chopin crew members in action.

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