The origins of a dock and slipway at this site can be traced back to the 14th century. The present structure was built c1868 as a parish dock when the Albert Embankment was constructed by the Metropolitan Board of Works to improve flood defenses.
Now only White Hart Dock remains. The dock was used to hold an Emergency water supply during WW2 and the faded EWS logo can still be seen on the brickwork of the western wall.
In 1960, the Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth sought parliamentary powers to close White Hart Dock as it had “not been used by commercial craft for many years”.
In 2009, the dock was cleaned and refurbished.