Crossing The River Thames By Cable Car

Sometimes when I am running tours, I get to do new things even in my home city.  Of course, that isn’t too hard when you live in London as not only is there a 2,000 year old back catalogue of things to do and see but there are new attractions cropping up by the day,

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending most of a week with a family of four who currently reside in San Francisco.   On one day, we took the cruise boat to Greenwich.



Sometimes I have the best office in the world.



As they had two young boys who had different interests than many of my tourists, it gave me the chance to try a few new things away from the more traditional sights in Greenwich such as the Cutty Sark, Victorian Market and Naval Museum.

The Cutty Sark Tea-Clipper ship

The Cutty Sark Tea-Clipper ship




Greenwich Naval Hall


Inside, the building on the right you can get to see the Painted Naval College Hall




The Greenwich answer to the Sistine Chapel.

Greenwich has so much going for it, not least the Royal Observatory which has a great view from the top.


View from Shooters Hill

View from Shooters Hill

Of course Greenwich is world famous for the Greenwich Meridian

Greenwich Meridian

The Centre of Time. On the left of the line you are in the Western Hemisphere and on the right, the Eastern Hemisphere




Here I am, standing at the centre of time and space!

All of this and much more though wasn’t really the best thing which the young boys saw in Greenwich.  For them, I kept the best for last and after a supremely filling buffet at Jimmys World Food Grill at the O2 Arena, we headed back to central London via a cable car, or Emirates Airline as they like to call it, across the Thames.

The journey is about .62 mile or 1 kilometre and takes you up to 300 feet / 90  metres above the Thames.   I had to put music on the video to cover up the excited chatter of the family.  I’m also on the wrong side of the car for the very best views but there is still lots to see and I turn the camera round quite a lot.  Keep an eye out for the passenger jet taking off just a mile or so away at London City Airport.


If you really like cable car journeys then check out my ride up Mount Srd at Dubrovnik.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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8 Responses to Crossing The River Thames By Cable Car

  1. Dina says:

    Well done! Lovely impressions. 🙂

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  2. Rosemarie says:

    That all looks familiar from a trip to London back in 1992? Somewhere around there. I was still married and my kids were 4 and 8. There is a photo of all of us on the Greenwich time meridian.


  3. Greenwich is one of my favourite places. I am glad you got to share it.


  4. Mel & Suan says:

    Intriguing indeed. Greenwich that is. We’d sure like to be in the center of time!

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