Planning your visit
Address: Limehouse Basin, Goodhart Place, E14 8BT View on Google map
Price: Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café
When you come and visit Limehouse remember you're at the gateway between the River Thames and over 2,000 miles of navigable canals and rivers. It connects to the rest of our network along the Limehouse Cut - the oldest canal in London and one you may recognise from a certain Mission Impossible film sequence.
Once a dock, today Limehouse is a marina, home to narrowboats, yachts and visiting ocean-going pleasure craft. Yet with shops and cafes, it still makes for a great spot for a family day out or afternoon stroll.
Look out for the road swing bridge at the entrance to the Thames. When tall masted boats either arrive or leave the basin, Narrow Street traffic is stopped. Red lights and a siren indicate to the traffic that they must stop, then the barriers come down before the bridge swings open.
Places to eat:
The basin here provides some tranquil waterspace in the town. You'll get a chance to see waterbirdso if you're thinking of feeding them make sure you bring something healthy. Then sit back and reflect on how calm it all is.
By car - sadly, there's no parking
By train - but the basin is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest station is Limehouse (DLR)
By boat - if you're planning of cruising onto the Thames, here are our lock opening details