On to The O2

There’s been a lull on my blog as I’ve been attending Module 1 for the London Ambassador Programme. I’m also preparing for Module 2 coming up, so I’ll be blogging about both soon.

First to catch up with the last days of my January trip….

Screen Shot Tube Greenwich

Leaving Excel at Custom House for Excel on the DLR, I change at Canning Town. Dipping under the Thames on the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich for The O2.

I want to take a brief look at The O2 as it will ‘play a major role in London 2012’ Time Out. The basketball, wheelchair basketball and gymnastics will be here.

Outside of The O2

I’ve never been to The O2 but had heard about it first when it was launched in 2000 as the Millennium Dome. Emirates are sponsoring the cable link between the O2 and Excel being created for The Games, it is in the process of being completed. Making the travel link between the two sites infinitely easier.

Inside the O2

As it is such a sunny day I spend only a short time inside the actual O2 which is now mainly known, ‘with its outstanding sound, unobstructed lightlines and the potential for artists to perform in the round’ London 2012 Time Out,  as the arena venue of choice for music.

The O2 blue lights inside

I then head down to North Greenwich Pier to catch one of the nifty Thames Clippers that are the ‘fastest fleet on the river’ according to their pocket timetable.

North Greenwich Pier sign

I’d googled that morning of the best way to get across The Thames and simultaneously my friend said why don’t you catch a boat!

Screen Shot Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers is a water bus service operating the length of The Thames in Central London. Stopping at Woolwich, Greenwich, Masthouse Terrace, Greenland, Canary Wharf, Bankside, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Blackfriars, Embankment and Waterloo piers.

The ‘high speed luxury river travel for London’s commuters and visitors’ TC Timetable, provide a pleasant and quick way to cross The Thames.



Time Out for Learning…

Time Out Olympic Edition JL / 29.12.11

A welcome Christmas present: Time Out London 2012 Official Guide Edition

Time Out is the official travel publisher for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The guide includes a dedicated section celebrating this epic event and giving essential trip-planning information for spectators.’ from back of book blurb.

Olympic Views…

Lonely Planet Magazine JL / 29.12.11

Picking up a copy of the Lonely Planet Magazine January 2012 during my weekly supermarket shop, I am enticed by the article title ‘Olympian Café’…

It’s about The Counter, a café existing prior to the Olympic Stadium. I’m making a mental note to visit here in my January London trip. This cafe with the view of the Olympic Stadium, combined with being in an area which ‘has the highest concentration of art studios in the world,’ sounds ideal. Also hoping to make a trip to the View Tube free Sparked Exhibition which sounds an interesting project!

Reading further, in the light of the Olympic London focus, Lonely Planet are featuring  a section on a few ‘hidden treasures’ of London. ‘Going behind the scenes with 6 locals who help to keep the capital running’, of which The Counter cafe owner, Jess Seaton, is one. My reading has begun…