Another sunny winter’s day in London and I jump on a bus from Walthamstow to Stratford. Taking in the sites I would normally miss on the underground. Passing the Velodrome, nicknamed ‘The Pringle’ was a treat, especially as I missed it at the Olympic Park.
Next through Stratford Station and the Saturday throng…
I catch the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House (for Excel).
The DLR is the light blue line on the map and is an overground train, for those who are unaware.
It is a change to travel over ground. Arriving at Custom House for ExCel stop, many are exiting the train. It turns out it’s the weekend of the London Boat Show at ExCeL. A pleasant surprise for me, as years ago, when I was housebound with ME/CFS, my Dad and sister would come to the London Boat Show and return with stories. So to accidentally arrive here now is serendipitous!
ExCeL, the international exhibition and convention centre, is playing a crucial role in the Olympic & Paralympic Games. Firstly in the interview process for Games Makers. A friend of mine attended one of his Games Makers interviews at ExCeL. Secondly, during The Games themselves:
‘For the London 2012 Games, ExCeL’s 45.000sq m and two halls will be divided into five arenas accommodating 13 sports – it is to host the largest number of events of any venue outside the Olympic Park.’ says Time Out London in its Official 2012 Olympic Guide Book
Among the sports included at ExCeL are Fencing, Table Tennis, paralympic Judo, Volleyball – sitting.
Although the sports will be inside the sunny day keeps me exploring the beautiful Royal Victoria Dock where ExCel is situated…
‘Located between Canary Wharf and London City Airport, this convention centre is right on Royal Victoria Dock.’ Time Out London Official 2012 Guide Book.
Most of these photos are taken from the footbridge at ExCeL:
‘A footbridge from ExCeL, high above Royal Victoria Dock, takes you to the beautiful Thames Barrier Park. Opened in 2011, this was London’s first new park in half a century. it has a lush sunken garden of waggly hedges and offers perhaps the best views from land of the Thames Barrier. If you don’t fancy walking, enter the park from Pontoon Dock DLR.’ Time Out London Official 2012 Guide Book
I can clarify that the footbridge is certainly ‘high above’ the Dock but you do get the most amazing views. There is a lift for those who cannot manage the steps. I never made it to the Thames Barrier Park that is mentioned above, but I certainly enjoyed the views of the London Docklands skyline from the footbridge.
Also whilst looking around the ExCeL website I came across this excellent video ‘Why London?‘ It’s a very useful one for us ambassadors to take a look at for why visitors may come to London.