Once the world’s largest port, the Docklands area fell into disrepair in the 1960s. Over the past 20 years, the area has been developed as a commercial and residential center, with lots of offices, hotels, and modern apartment buildings. Business travelers might end up here a meeting or conference. There aren’t a lot of parks or trees in this area, but there is some fine running along the Thames Path. It’s a pretty seamless 5–mile loop around the perimeter of the Docklands/Canary Wharf. There are a couple of connector spots off the path. An additional/alternative option is to run along the perimeter path along Millwall Dock — it’s a ~2 mile loop from the South Quay LR station.
Additional Options in Area:
- ExCel Center. If you end up at the convention center, there’s a ~2 mile loop along the water. A gondola runs between the Excel Center and the O2.
- Thames Path/Greenwich Park. From the O2, the Thames Path runs for several miles. Note that sections have diversions due to construction in the area. Pop over to Greenwich Park to run some lovely paths and hills.
- Greenwich Park. Lovely paths, hills, an observatory in this Royal Park. Run between the Meridian! Combine with Thames Path.
Note: As of Spring 2018, there is construction on the Thames Path, with some diversions.