Canary Wharf - Emirates Cable Car

Canary Wharf is well known for being a major business area.  Along with the City of London, also obviously situated in the capital city, it is one of two financial centres in the UK.

Owing to the huge amount of people that work here it has also become an alternative entertainment hub for many Londoners who want a change from the West End and the usual London entertainment scene.   Along with restaurants, bars and cinemas, it is also a venue for art exhibitions and many other one off events taking place throughout the year.

 One Canada Square Canary Wharf

The skyline is also a very distinct feature.  The buildings in Canary Wharf were the beginnings of a new generation of tall London buildings, the iconic One Canada Square is the second tallest building in the UK and stands amongst a group of buildings which are some of the tallest in Europe.

Another thing you can’t fail to notice if you look up to the sky is the Emirates Air Line, the official name for London’s Thames spanning cable car system.

 cable car

The service is operated by Transport for London (TFL), the same company who operate the tubes, buses and riverboats around London.  Whilst it is of course a handy transport system across the river, it is also an attraction in itself and gives you a completely unique perspective of London.

If you’re staying in’s short stay accommodation in Canary Wharf, then you need to head over Royal Victoria Dock, the cable car journey starts from a station just to the west of ExCel London.  It travels across to the Greenwich Peninsula.

You can catch a gondola every 15 seconds and each one will fit ten people inside.  If you are on a bike tour of London then this is a great way to cross the river, as bikes are allowed to travel too.

 cable car over the thames

From high above the River Thames the views of London are amazing.  It is also a great place to see the take offs and landing at London’s City Airport.  Passenger jets pass scarily close overhead before making the notorious steep descent down to the runway.

Remember, if you want to make the most of your ‘flight’ across the river, try not to travel during rush hour times when the cable car is used by commuters.  It’s not that the gondolas become too crowded, but at this time the speed of the cable car is significantly increased, reducing your journey time from 10 minutes to 5 minutes.

If you’re not going to work, why rush?!


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