Travelling by Cable Car and boat
|Photo Courtesy of Tim Parker (TPP)|
In the second part of this series, I thought I'd take you on an interesting journey through London. A day trip out with my husband recently saw us exploring a few different areas of London. We took the underground/DLR to Royal Victoria Dock, where we had a stroll around Excel Marina before getting on to the Emirates Air Line. Built a few years ago, the Emirates Air Line runs from Royal Victoria Dock to North Greenwich. It's a cable car system that spans the Thames giving passengers breathtaking views across a wide area of London. Sights include the O2, Canary Wharf and the Thames Barrier. The trip on the Emirates Air Line was excellent, and something I definitely recommend doing, it gives you a completely different perspective of London and you can literally see for miles!
|Emirates Air Line|
|View of the O2 from the Emirates Air Line|
Upon arrival at North Greenwich we strolled over to the O2 and watched as a few hardy souls walked over the top of it. This event is called Up at the O2 and participants get the opportunity to walk up and over the top of the arena, stopping to take in the view and grab photos on a special viewing platform at the top. It's great fun and something I did a few years ago. You can book online or just turn up and pay. It's something else I really recommend doing.
|Walking the O2|
|View from the top of the O2|
After some food, we jumped onto a Thames Clipper boat at North Greenwich and made our way along the Thames to Embankment. There are so many interesting things to see from the water, and you get a completely different view of London, from the gleaming glass towers of Canary Wharf, and the City of London, to the ancient historical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich, the Tower of London and the Globe Theatre. My favourites were the imposing grey hulk of HMS Belfast, the quiet splendour of the replica of the Golden Hinde, and the majesty of the Cutty Sark. Everywhere you look old sits alongside new and it really is a fantastic way of city the city in all its glory.
|The Tower of London|
|The 'Walkie Talkie' and other buildings of the City|
|Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast|
|The Globe Theatre|
|Needle of Thutmose III|
Wherever you go in London there is aways something to do or see, and this trip reminded us just how easy it is to get around, how exciting London can be, and how much history and heritage there is in the city.
That's all for now. Part three coming soon!