The Emirates Air Line and the Thames Clippers (London)
Are you afraid of heights? If you are, please don’t read any further. On the other hand if you like cable cars and London then do continue reading. 🙂
There’s always something new to try out in London, whether it’s a new restaurant or a new play or a new tourist attraction/public transport. That’s one of the reasons that I love London so much. During my last visit to London in 2013 (yes, it’s been 2 years, the longest ever!) my best friend M. and I decided to go for a ride on the Emirates Air Line. It’s a cable car over the river Thames that connects the North Greenwich (the O2 arena for concerts and stuff) with Canary Wharf (sort of). Firstly, we had to get to the Emirates Royal Docks which included taking the tube from Central London and then a DLR from Canary Wharf to Royal Victoria station. And then we just crossed the road and we were in front of the cable car station.
As we’ve got brains and not just looks ( 🙂 ) we showed our day travel card (tube) and got discount for the cable car ride. There wasn’t a long queue and we soon boarded our cable car with a small family. We enjoyed the ride very much. My best friend repeated this ride again with her husband two years later and they didn’t have as much fun as we did because it was terribly windy and the whole thing apparently shook a lot! As for the views, well, you’ve got a lot to see but the view itself isn’t as spectacular like the view from the London Eye for example (I still haven’t done the Shard!). It’s great to see the Thames Barrier, and the O2 and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf but that’s pretty much it! We soon crossed over the Thames.
We didn’t get the return ticket because we had planned to return to Central London by boat. And not by just any boat, but by a commuters’ Thames Clippers. I’ve done the boat ride before (from the London eye to Greenwich when I visited the Prime Meridian site) and I liked it very much so I suggested to my best friend that we take this boat ride back to the center. Again we got discount because of our day tube ticket. It’s a fast ride and it’s not a tourist sightseeing of London because there are no commentaries but that’s exactly why I chose it! After so many years of visiting London I don’t really feel like a tourist there. There’s also a Costa Coffee bar at the boat. The best part is when the boat goes under the Tower Bridge. We got off near the Westminster bridge (Big Ben!). It was such a great cable car and boat ride.
Canary Wharf from the boat
Date of the trip : August 2013
You can check the prices here http://www.emiratesairline.co.uk/tickets-information/ and here https://booking.thamesclippers.com/thames-clippers-tickets.html
Ps. If you want to know what we did after this read my post about the Afternoon tea