Studio on a boat at Trinity Bouy Wharf

A Sunny Sunday in Docklands

It’s another cold and wet summer’s evening in London, so I’m reminiscing about sunnier days.

Last month Greg and I went on a fabulous cycling tour along the Thames and around the Docklands.   I have been meaning to post some pictures from the morning for a while, so here they are.

Greg booked our tour through ARTOURIDE  who have a number of different tours available on their website.  The Architecture + Design Review appealed to us as it covered two of our favourite subjects and was an opportunity to explore an area of London that we didn’t know very.

The tour started in Greenland Dock (near Surrey Quays), where we met our friendly and informative guide and were issued with Brompton folding bikes and safety helmets.

We headed east along the South side of the river, through Greenwich and up towards the Millennium Dome.  Taking a gentle pace with frequent stops to admire the artworks along the route (which form part of The Line sculpture trail).

At North Greenwich we wheeled our Bromptons onto the Emirates Air Line Cable Car and headed north to Trinity Buoy Wharf, an exciting creative quarter which is home to several artists (in live/work studios) as well as London’s only lighthouse.

The Lighthouse is free to visit and has wonderful views across the Thames.   The former Lamp room features a sound installation (Longplayer) using Tibetan ‘singing bowls’ and an ever evolving musical composition that has been designed to play without repetition for 1,000 years (it began in 2000).

After a refueling break at the Bow Creek Cafe, we hopped back on our bikes and continued along the North bank of the Thames towards the Isle of Dogs, before crossing back to the South via the Greenwich foot tunnel.

I’m not the most confident cyclist, but the route was perfect for me as we spent very little time on main roads, sticking mainly to dedicated cycle paths or very quiet side streets.

We had a great day and were incredibly lucky with the weather.   But even without the glorious sunshine (which just can’t be guaranteed in London)  I highly recommend exploring this area on bike or on foot.

 

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