Custom House
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Custom House

An area of east London with a docking and poor history, which is now a hub of modernity with recreation and commerce being the main activities. It is on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), and is one of the main stations for the ExCel London exhibition and conference centre.

The most famous landmark is the Royal Victoria Dock, once an important trade hub, and now redeveloped for recreation as well as commerce. It’s probably best to visit in the spring and summer, when you have a go at watersports including wakeboarding and paddleboarding, or drink outside on the Oiler Bar an ex-Navy refueling barge. The dock is also home to the Siemen’s Crystal, a green-designed building,which has the world’s largest permanent urban sustainability exhibition.

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