As the River Thames widens into the Thames Estuary, the amount of industry and maritime activity increases. This is where you will find the Port of Tilbury. Few in London know or appreciate that this is the city’s main port and also a major cargo centre, where grain, cars and much more arrive in the country. A lot of work is provided at Tilbury Docks and there are plenty of hotels nearby – bookable on Culture Trip.
The Devonshire Hotel is a pretty, family-run place on a residential road in Hornchurch, roughly 15 miles (24km) from the Port of Tilbury. With a free full English in the morning, the hotel has a bed and breakfast vibe, and an intimate ambience that larger chain hotels lack. Beds have Hypnos mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets for the best night’s sleep possible, while snacks are available throughout the day – though the restaurants and pubs of the high street are only minutes away.