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Having done a previous Open City Tour at the Clock Tower of St Pancras, and enjoyed it so much. I signed up for emails and this tour down the Thames caught my eye.
This journey down the River Thames started at Greenwich Pier and went out towards Dartford Crossing and back. And what made me a little worried was the sight of dark clouds above as we went down the Thames. We had wrapped up warm at least !
We first went past the Royal Navel College
Before moving down towards the O2 dome and found out that they have just finished a hotel there. Which would be perfect for late night events. And I am hoping to explore more around there when I get the chance.
We went through the Thames Barrie and by this time it was raining pretty hard. I would say that most people left the top of the boat and went in the inside section of the boat. But not me. We then smelt the Crossness Sewage Treatment Works and it is a beautiful Grade I listed building.
And we then smelt something different this was a corn oil plant, I can not remember the name of this site.
And then before you knew it, we could see the Queen Elizabeth Bridge in the distance and then the boat was turned around.
Now we could see the Rainham Marshes Royal Society Protection Of Birds Nature Reserve. And thankfully, the weather was getting better.
We then sailed pasted the Ford Engine Plant in Dagenham.
And came to the Woolwich Ferry and The Tate & Lyle Sugar Refinery in Silvertown.
And then we were back going through the Thames Barrier and I could actually see it, this time.
And going past Trinity Buoy which I am hoping to explore further next month !
And found this adorable cat image – who would ever believe you would find something like this ?
Passing Canary Wharf, before returning to Greenwich Pier.
The whole trip, we had excellent commentary provided by architect Benedict O’Looney and I really enjoyed this tour. I learned so much and it was fascinating !