‘News’ Archive


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 people to her new premises on the day of opening.

Riverside Coffee Lounge offers something for everyone, whether you’re vegan or lactose intolerant – Elena can offer you an alternative.
A table in the window or a comfy sofa spot, a delicious coffee and cake is waiting for you!

Bring the family for a hot chocolate or meet up with friends for lunch – Riverside Coffee is definitely worth a visit!


‘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 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”.


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

The ambitious plan to help deliver London’s future was launched on site today with the Mayor of London’s deputies – Jules Pipe, Val Shawcross and James Murray. 

David Montague, Chief Executive of L&Q, and Matt Carpen, Project Director for Barking Riverside, welcomed Sadiq to the site and praised the draft plan’s approaching to tackling the housing crisis. This includes amending planning rules to get more affordable homes built, especially in areas served by strong infrastructure.

While on site, Sadiq spent time speaking with two L&Q graduate site managers Emmanuel Baker and Maria Kaskara on how the development is progressing.

David Montague, Chief Executive of L&Q, said: “The London Plan that Sadiq Khan launched today takes an imaginative approach to tackling the housing crisis. This strategic plan for London will ensure that neighbourhoods across the capital continue to flourish, with the right balance of new housing and much needed transport infrastructure.”

The plan opens for consultation on Monday and sets out plans on a range of issues including housing, fire safety, cycling, and fracking.  


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

BRL’s 10-minute display was a free event held at the Barking Riverside Project Office on Monday 6th November. The countdown was led by Cllr Darren Rodwell and 30 Cubs, Scouts and Beavers.

Matt Carpen, Project Director of Barking Riverside Ltd said: “It was hugely rewarding to see over 600 residents enjoy BRL’s very first fireworks display.  Hundreds of children came along to enjoy their very first display; seeing their faces light up was priceless.

“This event was made possible by the generous support from the Careys Foundation, we cannot thank them enough! We look forward to hosting the same event for local residents again next year.”

Local Thames View resident, Stevie Prince said, “I brought along the grandkids as they’d never been to a display and it was down the road! The children loved the fireworks, I can’t wait to bring them again next year!”

Hundreds of children/families from Barking Riverside and Thames View enjoyed the event which also included free giveaway glow sticks, music entertainment and hot food/beverages kindly provided by local suppliers.