Bow Creek & East India Dock Basin

Bow Creek Ecology Park

Escape to the wild side in London Docklands!

This former ironworks, shipyard and coal wharf is now a real wildlife haven in the urban environment. Bow Creek is a fascinating place to visit any time of year, and one that’s won the prestigious Green Flag Park Award for four years running.

Come and meet the locals – from newts and water scorpions to flocks of wading birds, or just take some quiet time to escape from the hustle of the surrounding city.

There’s even an outdoor classroom for school and youth groups, giving young people an amazing insight into nature, just a short trip from the heart of London.

Whilst exploring the park, please bear in mind the Countryside Code of Conduct and Lee Valley Regional Park bylaws.

East India Dock Basin

Within sight of Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena, you’ll discover the old East India Dock Basin, now enjoying a new lease of life as an amazing wildlife sanctuary.

The city high flyers you’ll spot here are Kingfishers, Common Tern and occasional Black Redstarts. Because where once 19th century ships delivered their cargoes, there’s now tranquil open water, wildflower meadows and saltmarsh.

East India Dock Basin is a real gem; a perfect escape from the city for the family and a nature lover’s delight.

Bow Creek Ecology Park

Bidder Street

London E16 4ST

East India Dock Basin

Orchard Place

London E14 9QS

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Plan your visit

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Opening times

1 July to 31 August - 08:00-21:00

1 September to 31 October - 08:00-19:30

1 November to 31 March - 08:00-17:00

1 April to 30th June - 08:00-19:30