Docklands and Beyond

Docklands and Beyond
Just across the river
Nelson's View

Across the river from Greenwich, on the curve of the river Thames, London Docklands stretch from the Isle of Dogs to the East End. Up until the 1970s the Docks were still one of the industrial hubs of the UK, but there aren’t many ships about these days.

The area is now dominated by the sparkling towers of Canary Wharf, London’s new centre of finance and journalism. The shopping malls there have grown up over the last decade and effortlessly swap the mighty crush of lunchtime office workers with the busy and relaxed shopping of the weekend.

The Museum of London Docklands is there as well and the unexpected countryside of Mudchute City Farm is just down the road. Further to the east at the opposite end of the Emirates Air Line from Greenwich Peninsula is the Crystal and ExCeL London exhibition Centre, one of the most most flexible event space and the home to London’s only International Convention Centre ICC London.

Try taking a trip from Greenwich Peninsula on the Emirates Air Line across the river and working your way through the fastest growing part of London on the DLR. It’s an interesting trip – just make sure you come back!

The Crystal
Sustainable solutions plus coffee and cake

The Crystal is an exhibition which showcases global trends and challenges in building environmentally sustainable cities. Across ten zones, the exhibition encourages us to change the way we all think about our cities, now and for future generations.

There are interactive exhibits, films, and animations and you can explore a range of issues including city trends, urban planning, smart buildings, healthy life, environment, and mobility. Case studies from cities around the world share innovative ideas and the ‘Future Life’ theatre invites us to imagine how cities might look in 2050.

There’s also an excellent cafe where you can get coffee and cake and other nice things, and it’s all just over the river from The O2.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Get underneath the river without getting wet

One of the most unusual walks you could ever take is from one side of the river Thames to the other without getting wet. Impossible, right? Not if you use Greenwich Foot Tunnel – it runs from Cutty Sark Gardens, right next to Greenwich Pier, under the river to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs.

It was built in 1902 as an easy and weather-proof way for locals to get across the river to work in the busy docks on the other side, and lots of people still do that today. The foot tunnel has a sister tunnel in Woolwich which was completed in 1912. The wood-panelled lifts get you down to the tunnel in double-quick time and then it’s an 8-10 minute walk to the other side.

It’s definitely a walk you should experience, if you haven’t already, so try it out!

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