Four hotels are planned for London's Docklands area to help the city meet increasing demand for rooms as the millennium celebrations grow nearer, the London Docklands Development Corp (LDDC) says. Hotels due to open before 2000 include the Canary Riverside, a joint development by Pidemco, Canary Wharf and Hotel Properties. When it is completed next year, the 786,000 square foot first phase will include 317 residential apartments, a 150-room, five-star hotel, leisure facilities and restaurants. Also next year, Forte Hotels' 314-room luxury hotel will open at the World Trade Centre at South Quay, and a 32-storey tower at West India Quay will include a 220-room hotel with casino, leisure facilities, 96 serviced apartments and 158 residential apartments. Construction of the 86-room Ibis Hotel at Prestons Road is expected to be completed this year. While the London Docklands probably was known best for its millions of square feet of office space, it had won a growing reputation as a tourist destination, LDDC officials said. It had about 84,000 residents and included a plethora of restaurants, shopping outlets and other amenities of interest to visitors. London tourism officials say there is a shortage of hotel rooms in London. LDDC officials said there was a growing need to build more hotels to keep pace with the demand for bed space. A recent tourism study found that London needed an additional 10,000 hotel rooms between now and 2000. Part of the reason for the pent-up demand was that fewer than 2,000 new hotel rooms had been added to the overall stock since 1995, according to a London tourism report. Tourism officials estimate that about 3,100 hotel rooms are under construction and say completion of a further 6,900 rooms for by the millennium was 'probable'. Besides the London Docklands, other areas which have been identified as probable sites for hotel development include Kingston, the South Bank and Bankside, and The City fringe.