Excellent 2017 Classic Boats Festival Here At St Katharine Docks

Bril;liant Spectacle of Classic Boats at St Katharine Docks for 2017
Classic Boats Festival, St Katharine Docks 2017

We have all had a wonderful few days here at St Katharine’s, with more than forty classic boats of all kinds, including the Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana, the only coal fired tug, a fireboat and many others, also featuring fourteen of the ‘Dunkirk Veterans’ who helped save more than 330000 British and French soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during the Second World War, topically recalled in the excent new film ‘Dunkirk.’ There was also an ambitious music programme, including great concerts given on Marble Quay by the British Youth Jazz Band. Congratulations to Paul Tetlow the General Manager and Claire Daniels, his Events Manager for organising this finest entertainment and spectacle for us to enjoy and savour. Pictures of last year’s festival can be seen here.


Reprieve For Enamel Panels At St Katharine Docks.

These colourful enamel panels, by Dale Devereux Barker,  were created in vitreous enamel, with the help of four nearby schools. The children were shown archive pictures provided by the Museum of London and then created their own, to be included on these fine panels, which are greatly admired by the public. More pics here. 

To buy The Story Of St Katharine’s, please click here.

New Dokke Restaurant at St Katharine Docks, deserves extra special mention.



The new Dokke Restaurant, recently opened at St Katharine Docks, deserves extra special mention. Chef Neil Wager is the new owner and is now totally absorbed running his restaurant; he shows boundless experience and flair and seems to be off to a flying start. What people may not be aware of, is the previous months and months of long hours,stripping back and preparing the ‘shell’ of the building leased to him; which dates back to the early 1850’s when Ivory House was built. I briefly chatted with Neil many times during that period, when he was beavering away scraping walls, sawing wood etc and guess that this labour was part of what he wanted, to make himself part of the place, to identify and grow into it, which he has achieved. There has been a ‘dokke’ at St Katharine’s for many hundreds of years, helping the previous community of 4000 residents to trade and thrive until it was all thrown aside to make way for the famous Telford Docks, which opened in 1828. Neil knows that many of the worlds luxury items, including oriental herbs, spices, teas and brandies, were traded and stored near where his customers are now enjoying their meals and fine views of the Marina. So Neil has already well earned his place in St Katharine’s, bringing to us his own international knowledge and culinary ideas.

Dokke Restaurant, St Katharine Docks, London
Excellent new restaurant, recently opened at St Katharine Docks.