Dock2Dock London Swim

Royal Victoria Dock, London

Organiser's Description

10k 5k and 1500m Open Water Swim Event in London

This iconic swim will take place in the heart of London for the 4th consecutive year. London’s unique and historic waters offer an unforgettable opportunity to compete in the open water in the heart of the vibrant East End. Whether you are looking to enter your first open water event, or take on the ultimate swimmers’ marathon, the Dock2Dock Race now offers a range of distances to suit all abilities.

10k & 5k events both start in Royal Victoria Dock and take you through Royal Albert Dock, and back again. The 10k is 2 laps of the course, the 5k is one lap. The 1500m swim will take place in Royal Victoria Dock. A safe and enjoyable race managed by Love Sports Events with many years of highly successful sports events experience.

*Please be aware – this event is a challenging swim & is not suitable for inexperienced swimmers.
You must also have a NOWCA wristband, and a tow float for the 5k / 10k - please see below.

Start Time



The Crystal building





Changing Rooms

Safe bag storage

Two manned floating feed stations

All competitors must have a current NOWCA safety wristband – If you do not already have a band please click here to purchase or renew before July 9th 2019. By selecting Royal London Docks OWS as your venue on the NOWCA system, you can collect your band prior to the event, if you choose to train during our regular open water sessions, follow the link here for opening times. Alternatively your band will be available to pick up at registration, along with tow floats, on event day.

NOTE: You will not be able to purchase a wristband on event day either online or at registration.


Safety is of paramount importance for our event and therefore it is compulsory for all swimmers to wear a Tow Float in the 10k & 5k event. Tow floats are optional for those swimming in the 1500m event, other than the 12-16 age category.

Wetsuits are OPTIONAL for the Dock2Dock event other than the 12-16 category, in the 1500m event in which they are COMPULSORY.

By Bus

See TfL (transport for London) bus links running closest to Royal Victoria Station.

By Car
You can use either of these addresses in your sat nav. 1 Siemens Brothers Way, London, E16 1GB or 1 Dock Road, London, E16 1AG.

The Royal Victoria Car Park (L2) offers 750 parking spaces a five-minute walk away and is located behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Western Gateway.
There is also paid parking at the Excel Centre.

By Air
The Centre is within five minutes by taxi of London City Airport which serves over 30 destinations across the UK, Europe and the USA, with connections to the rest of the world through major European hubs.

By Cable Car
You can get to the Open Water Swimming direct via the Emirates Air Line Cable Carfrom the Greenwich peninsular.

By Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
The nearest station to the Centre is Royal Victoria Station (Zone 3) on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), only a three minute walk away from the LRDOWS (see aerial picture).

To reach the LRDOWS from the DLR, turn right out of Royal Victoria Station onto Seagull Lane. As you pass the Pumping Station you will come to a small roundabout and will see the Pontoon jutting out into the water, in between the Emirates SkyLine and The Oiler bar straight ahead of you.

1 Siemens Brothers Way, London E16 1GB or 1 Dock Road, London, E16 1AG

London’s Dock2Dock Swim is on the waterfront at the western end of the Royal Victoria Docks in East London and is well served by public transport.

10k - Swimmers must be 16 & over

5k - Swimmers must be 16 & over

1500m - There is a 12-16 category, all swimmers will require written parental permission. Tow float & wetsuit are compulsory for this category.

Please be aware - this event is a challenging swim & is not suitable for inexperienced swimmers.


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