London’s Docklands next hotspot: new flats and houses in Beckton near the DLR with parking and roof gardens
Docklands emerged from its doldrums in the Eighties.
Closure of the old commercial docks brought an opportunity to create a new business district — Canary Wharf — and smart new residential addresses such as Wapping, Limehouse, Shad Thames, Rotherhithe and The Royals.
Remarkably, until the arrival of the Jubilee line extension in 2000, there was no genuinely integrated transport network linking these places to the rest of London, merely a modest, automated light rail system.
When launched in 1987, the Docklands Light Railway served only 15 stations along eight miles of track. But as Docklands grew so did the DLR, with extensions south of the river to Lewisham and Woolwich, and east to London City airport.
Today there are 45 stations along 25 miles of track — six branches, with interchanges to eight Tube lines, five mainline railways, 100 bus routes and river taxi services.
Passenger numbers have jumped five-fold, from about 17 million to over 86 million.
One of the big beneficiaries has been Beckton. For decades this east London neighbourhood languished outside the property market and was so bleak that movie director Stanley Kubrick used it to create scenes for his Vietnam War movie, Full Metal Jacket.
There are no charming warehouses here — but you can find affordable, purpose-built flats and traditional houses with gardens and room to park the car.
Beckton Parkside, where prices start at £272,500
Beckton Parkside is being built on a former industrial estate and brings 391 apartments that integrate with an upgraded park boasting sports facilities, children’s play areas and a new woodland walk.
Many of the flats have sweeping views across the park and Gallions Point Marina.
Prices start at £272,500. The DLR gets you to Canary Wharf in 15 minutes. Call 0845 257 9243.
Brunel Street Works in nearby Canning Town occupies a thin strip of land alongside the DLR tracks and is part of wider regeneration changing the area’s gritty image.
Apartment blocks have podium and roof gardens, helping to soften a raw urban setting next to Britain’s first flyover at Silvertown Way.
From £375,000. Call Linden Homes on 020 3733 2745.