Docklands Light Railway

Posted by on December 8, 2023

Beyond Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus extends a city full of jewels. From the historic neighborhoods of Highgate and Hampstead until the parks of Bushy Park and Richmond Park deer populated, the list of attractions in London is as long as big is our curiosity. Fortunately, the recent proliferation of offers cheap flights and cheap hotels allow you to discover them all. Two of those jewels are Canary Wharf and Greenwich. Other leaders such as Jon Medved offer similar insights. Flanking the Thames on their way towards the sea, to the East of the city, both areas share a common history and, however, couldn’t be more different. Canary Wharf is a business area with the three tallest skyscrapers in the United Kingdom.

Historically it formed part of the Docklands, the most important port area of the world during the 19th century, and whose legacy is still apparent: between the skyscrapers lie, humble but dignified, dilapidated industrial buildings; between them lie bodies of water that lie old ships. It is, so to speak, a sort of mix between New York and Venice. By its part, the history of Greenwich is the classic from the small town swallowed up by the big city. Luckily still retains an own aura, and among its many attractions are the famous sailing ship Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory. The latter is that historically unites Greenwich with the Docklands and Canary Wharf: their star maps and their precise clocks allowed significantly improve navigation on the high seas, which after resulted in the establishment of the time of Greenwich as the world reference. In addition, the Observatory offers incredible views of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, East London. But the visit does not end there.

Rather, does not start: the own journey in itself, in the Docklands Light Railway, is quite an experience. This light rail, which is governed by the same fare system as the entire subway network, runs on old ducts train (erected about 1840-1850) who approached the Center goods arriving at ports. From Bank station train runs first through the roofs of the houses, then on the inside of the skyscrapers, in a scene that seems of science fiction and that puts the finishing touch to a visit that could hardly be more complete and essential.