We “flew” the Emirates Airline last Sunday. For those unfamiliar with one of the attractions more recently added to London, I’m talking about this Emirates Air Line: a cable car between North Greenwich on the south bank of the river Thames and the Royal Docks on the other side. It crosses the Thames where it is pretty wide, between the Isle of Dogs (the heart of London’s Docklands), offering spectacular views of the Docklands on one side and the Thames Barrier on the other.
The service is great, affordable for a one-off (£3.30 on an Oyster pay-as-you-go), the cabins feel very safe, and the views are fantastic. The only downside is that the ride is over all too quickly.
Oh, and maybe the fact that it really leads to nowhere. A lot of development potential remains on the Royal Docks. It isn’t all wasteland, but we ended up taking the tube to the next point of urban civilization (Canary Wharf).
For a nice day one on a nice weather day in London, highly recommended.
- The Royal Greenwich Regatta (yha.org.uk)
- Alternatives to “cliche” public transports in London (tripletshare.wordpress.com)
- The New Thames Cable Car – In Pictures (thehappiestcow.wordpress.com)