I had been itching to go on the Emirates Air Line ever since I read about it on the BBC news, I stumbled upon an article detailing the cable car ride across the Thames by chance only a couple of weeks before we were due to go to the boxing.
The cable car system goes across the river from Royal Victoria Dock to the Greenwich Peninsula and showcases several London landmarks along the way, for example: the O2 Arena (formerly the Millenium Dome), the Thames Barrier (one of my favourites!) and the Excel Arena.
It’s a fantastic place to have put the ride because of how varied the architecture is in the area; during the 5 minute journey you get to take in the industrial vibe of old to the fantastic view you get of Canary Wharf’s modern skyscrapers. I imagine it would be pretty cool to go on it late at night!
Again, the organisation from TFL staff and London 2012 Volunteers was spot on during the booking process which made the whole thing very easy; Oyster Card and Travel Card users also get a discount which results in a £3.20 single fare or £6.40 round trip (gotta love that Americanism folks).
I would genuinely recommend the experience as it shows you a very different side of London from the usual sights of Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, splendid as they are!