Find out about exciting news and events taking place at Barking Riverside London across the year and see how you can get involved in activities and events.

The BIG Barking Riverside Picnic & Time Trial

Join us for the Big Barking Riverside Picnic 

Making the most of our seemingly endless heatwave, Barking Riverside London will be hosting the inaugural Big Barking Riverside Picnic on Saturday 14th July, between 12 noon and 4pm. This free event for local residents will take place along the river next to the Barking Riverside Project Office.

Bring your picnic and join us for a relaxed afternoon alongside the river.

There will be live music, a DJ, giant games, facepainting and beauty treatments; the lucky first arrivals will receive a free limited edition picnic bag stocked with healthy treats, sponsored by Pinnacle Places. First come, first served!



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Recycling the plants from RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Barking Riverside London is working in collaboration with Wayward (a London-based landscape, art and architecture practice ) and DF Clark to deliver an innovative recycling scheme: rehoming thousands of plants from the world’s most prestigious flower show.

Watch the video to see the re-homing team in action.

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EL3 Bus Routes Extended To Riverside Campus

We are delighted to announce that Transport for London has extended the EL3 bus route, with two additional bus services now serving Riverside Campus School at 15.14 and 15.24 each weekday.

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£500m investment secured at Barking Riverside

The Mayor of London and L&Q are set to invest £500m in one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects, Barking Riverside. Barking Riverside, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, is to receive an injection of £500 million for transport links, parkland and other community facilities, alongside almost 11,000 homes.

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Parking Engagement Drop-In

Residents will be able to view the areas of the estate that are being considered for additional parking spaces. There will be staff from BRL to assist with any questions. There will also be comment cards should residents wish to leave comments about the plans.

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Riverside Coffee Lounge opens

Barking Riverside's much awaited coffee shop opened its doors on Saturday 16th December to residents.  Local resident and owner of Riverside Coffee Lounge Elena Mahmud welcomed lots of families and children to her new premises on the day of opening and has continued serving many residents and businesses in the area.

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Community Christmas Festivities

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and the team at Barking Riverside London have been busy spreading Christmas cheer, organising two events in the lead up to the holiday season.   

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Mayor of London launches his London Plan

The Mayor of London launched his draft London Plan today at Barking Riverside London.

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First fireworks display for residents

Barking Riverside London held its very first community fireworks display attracting over 600 local residents, thanks to the support our proud sponsors the Careys Foundation.

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Networking event attracts many local businesses

Over 50 local businesses attended this month's very first Business Networking event hosted in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Chambers of Commerce.


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Construction starts on latest phase of homes

The Mayor of London and leading housing association L&Q today marked the latest phase of their Barking Riverside joint venture project – one of the largest and most ambitious developments in Europe.

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Emergency water works around Thames Road/Renwick Road

Thames Water is currently carrying out urgent repair works to an on-going water leak along Thames Road and Renwick Road

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Silk River Festival comes to Barking Riverside

It was an incredible sight on Monday 18th September when ten stunning silk scrolls arrived outside the Barking Riverside Project Office as part of an international place-making project linking London with Kolkata, India.

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UK's Largest Free School Campus opens its doors

The UK’s largest free school campus, which will have capacity for over 2600 pupils, has opened today at Barking Riverside London, one of Europe’s most significant new developments

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Open House London 2017

Barking Riverside London is super excited to taking part in this year's Open House again.  Visitors, this year will get to see the UK's largest 3D Masterplan Model, visit the new Experience Suite, take in the beautiful views of the river Thames, jump into the BRL Jeep for an off road tour and much more!

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Government give go ahead to Overground Extension

A momentous milestone was achieved on the 4 August following planning approval for the Extension of the Overground Line to Barking Riverside, by the Secretary of State for Transport.

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Full Line Up Announced for Biking Riverside Launch

Coming down to the launch of Biking Riverside on Thursday 3rd August between 3pm and 8pm?  We are delighted to announce the full line up! Remember to share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #BikingRiverside

Everyone welcome – with or without a bike!


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On Your Bike - Biking Riverside Launch

Everyone welcome to the launch  – with or without a bike! Join us for the launch of Biking Riverside On Thursday 3rd August! 

This is a FREE public event which will run from 3pm – 8pm at The Rivergate Centre, Minter Road IG11 0FJ. 

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Seals on site

Barking Riverside's resident seals made a surprise return onto the protected mudflats of the River Thames.  The common seal was sighted recently at Barking Riverside London where it rolled around happily on the muddy banks of the river Thames and basked for hours in the sun.

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Where do the plants go after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show?

This spring, the landscape, architecture and art collective Wayward is collaborating with Barking Riverside London, DF Clark and Futurecity to produce an innovative recycling scheme: to re-home many of the plants and materials from the world’s most prestigious flower show.

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UK’s largest 3D Printed Master Plan Model Unveiled at Barking Riverside

The UK’s largest 3D printed master plan model has been unveiled at Barking Riverside, one of Europe’s largest Brownfield developments – which will deliver over 10,800 new homes in East London.

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The Exhibition Series Launches at Barking Riverside

Barking Riverside London, in partnership with Creative Barking and Dagenham and Studio 3 Arts, will be running a series of exhibitions in the new Experience Suite.  The first exhibition, People and Places: Life in Barking and Dagenham

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Spring Bonanza fun at Barking Riverside

Barking Riverside’s first spring bonanza brought together a treasure hunt, Football workshops and a host of other activities at the Rivergate Centre on Friday afternoon.

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Surprise Visit by the Easter Bunny at Thames View Primary School

As part of the Easter celebrations, Barking Riverside London's very own bunny delivered over 1200 eggs to the primary schools on the development.

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Superheroes to the rescue at George Carey School

In February the reception classes at George Carey School were given a helping hand with their creative writing when Superman, Captain America and Batman stopped in to visit.


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Community clean up at barking’s neglected nature reserve

Over 50 members of the community rallied together to help clean up The Ripple Nature Reserve which was overridden with litter. Barking Riverside Limited (BRL) staff along with pupils from Riverside School, local residents, the Met Police, LBBD representatives, the LBBD rangers service and local MP Margaret Hodge spent the morning working hard cleaning up the Nature Reserve.

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Community Christmas festivities

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and the team at Barking Riverside London have been busy spreading Christmas cheer, organising two events in the lead up to the holiday season.   

Varsha Patel, Marketing, PR and Events Manager for Barking Riverside London comments, “Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas Lights switch on at The Rivergate Centre, we were pleased to return to the Rivergate Centre to continue this festive tradition. This year, we were also proudly supporting the first ever Christmas Tree switch on in Thames View. Both switch ons were a wonderful opportunity to bring local residents together, and we were delighted to welcome everyone to Thames View and The Rivergate Centre.”

The festive fun all took place on Tuesday 12th December at Thames View Junior School, when over 100 pupils from the Junior and Infant schools illuminated the first ever Thames View Christmas tree - arranged by Barking Riverside London.  The school choir performed a selection of carols under the spectacular 30ft tree and were handing out festive biscuits and mince pies.

Sara Rider, Headteacher at Thames View Junior school, said “It was a joy to host Thames View’s very first community Christmas tree switch on, which was enjoyed by parents and children from both the Junior and Infants School. We really appreciate the support from BRL in making this happen!”. 

Later on that day, the second annual tree lighting ceremony took place at The Rivergate Centre, with a second 30ft tree switching on at 3.50pm. Local residents were also able to enjoy carols from the George Carey Primary School Choir. 

Both trees were been donated by DF Clark Bionomique with lighting from Barking Riverside London, and the events were sponsored by CGL and Tom Blackwell. 

Adam Branson, Principal Engineer at CGL, comments: "CGL are proud to have been involved in the Barking Riverside project for the past 5 years, and are similarly pleased to be able to support the local community through the sponsorship of this year’s community Christmas Trees.  All at CGL would like to wish BRL, and the wider Barking community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".

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A number of community events are planned for the residents of Barking Riverside London. Whilst we continue to build we will also be delivering numerous events for the community.

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About Us

Barking Riverside London is a partnership between the Greater London Authority (GLA) and L&Q. The partners will be working together to drive housing delivery on this site to over 600 homes per annum.