I’ve always said that any visitor to London should take a Boat trip from Westminster to Greenwich as it gives a fantastic view of the city from the river and ends up at one of my favourite areas of London. That said, there is an alternative way to get to Greenwich, and that is by way of the automated Docklands Light Railway which travels through Canary Wharf to Island Gardens, where you can use the foot tunnel to walk underneath the Thames to reach Greenwich on the other side.
Before dashing down the tunnel though, make sure that you allow enough time to take in the view across the river: If you think it’s a decent view, you’re not alone, because the famous Venetian artist Canaletto also thought so too.
A ferry began taking people across the river in 1676, but as the river became more and more congested, it was decided to build a tunnel to allow easier access for dockworkers and others to cross between the Isle of Dogs and Greenwich.
For those of you who like statistics, the tunnel opened in 1902, is ¼ mile (402m) long, 53 ft (16m) below the high-water mark and has over 200,000 glazed tiles.
At the Greenwich end of the tunnel, you’ll emerge right next to the Cutty Sark where there is a completely different view back over the Thames to Canary Wharf.
On a practical note, there are lifts at both ends of the tunnel which is not only open all day, but also all night – if you’re feeling brave enough, that is.