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.
Upon exiting Emirates Greenwich Peninsula station, we stumbled upon Emirates Aviation Experience just beside it. It’s a small facility bringing insight into the world of aviation. Being an aviation enthusiast and a radio control flyer, it naturally got my attention. With an admission fee of £3 in we went.
Inside, you’ll get an insight into the operations and modern achievements of commercial air travel. It also houses two each, a B777 & A380 flight simulator. At £45 for a 30 minutes simulator experience, that’s heavy on the pocket. All-in-all, if you’re a r/c flyer like me, you wouldn’t miss much skipping this attraction.
Emirates Aviation Experience just next to the cable car station on Peninsula side.
Dynamics of flight.
Video on airport operations.
1:2 scale of a jet engine using 165,000 pieces of LEGO.
Mock flight deck.
A budding pilot in one of the A380 simulator. He brought the simulator down safely.