The fastest and greatest ship of her time, Cutty Sark is a British sailing ship of the middle third of the 19th century. Built in 1869, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest originally sailing the China route for the tea trade. In 1954 she was transferred to permanent dry dock at Greenwich on public display. You can venture underneath and aboard one of the world’s most famous sailing ship and last surviving tea clipper.
If you have reached Greenwich by the foot tunnel or by river boat, you’ll immediately notice the Cutty Sark.
The majestic Cutty Sark on public display at Greenwich.
From North Greenwich underground we changed line at Canary Wharf to head to Island Gardens station. From here on, we used the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. The foot tunnel provide pedestrian links underneath the river Thames from Island Gardens to Cutty Sark and vise versa. It is open 24 hours daily and can be accessed by stairs or the lift at each entrance. The entrance/exit is housed in a circular dome-shaped building. Definitely one of London’s other secrets.
Directional sign to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.
The entrance at Island Gardens. You can walk down the spiral staircase or take a lift to the tunnel below. Credit : panoramio.com
As we walked back from Emirates Aviation Experience toward North Greenwich underground to head to our next destination, The O2 Arena is conveniently in between.
The O2 arena, is a multi-purpose indoor arena named after its main sponsor, the telecommunications company O2. It has the second-highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the UK but is the world’s busiest music arena. The closest underground station to the venue is the North Greenwich station on the Jubilee line and is within a few minutes walking distance.
The O2 Arena
The O2 Arena as you walk pass from The Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station.
Exterior of The O2 Arena. Paul McCartney performing soon.
Interior of The O2 Arena. Paul Simon & Sting performing on 1st & 2nd May, 2015.