JUN 19,2013 - JUN 19,2013 (1 DAYS)
Orientation: A fantastic, busy day in the Docklands areas in London ! Within 5 years these areas will be the most sought for and expensive in London ! They are exotic, colorful, with atmosphere and a rare combination of water marines, money and state of the art urban residences... A lovely walk of a whole day in distinct part of East London Docklands.
Start: Crossharbour DLR station:
End: Deptford High Street Station.
From Crossharbour head south on East Ferry Rd toward Selsdon Way. Turn on the first right onto Selsdon Way. Turn right onto Lanark Square. See the Balmoral House and Algon house new residences projects:
From Lanark Square head west (no roads names...), turn right, slight left and you are in Pepper St. Come closer to the Thames river. On your right: the Inner Millwall Dock ( and the Canary Wharf in the background) and on your left the Outer Millwall Dock. A breath-taking scenery:
Turn left and walk along the path and the river from the inner to the outer Millwall Dock:
The Outer Millwall Dock is nontheless impressive:
In the far edge of the outer Millwall Dock you'll see the Docklands Sailing and Watersport Centre. From the centre's main entrance turn left toward Westferry Rd and sharp right onto Westferry Rd. We take the right direction just for having a look at some residence buildings and gardens... (we shall retrace our steps and change direction later):
After 5-10 minutes walk in Westferry Rd. you should see the John McDougall Gardens on your left. Enter the gardens to get a closer view of the Thames and London:
Continue northward in Westferry Rd. This is a quite deprived area in East London. The better view is on your left. The river and the Thames Path are to your left - parallel to Westferry Rd. In this side you can see a few impressive building projects like the Waterman Buildings twins:
From here change the direction and walk back southward in Westferry Rd (10-15 minutes walk) until you arrive to the interesting and unique Space Arts Centre building:
Continue southward in Westferry Rd and turn on the fourth lane to the right to Napier Lane. This small lane brings you to the Masthouse Terrace Pier (Maritime Quay) and the Thames Path:
Continuing along the Thames Path (Blasker Walk) southward (the river on your right) you pass elegant quarter with nice (and expensive) looking blocks on your left:
5-10 minutes walk later you arrive to the peculiar Great Eastern Docklands Heritage site:
Keep walking along the Thames Path (south-eastward) and you arrive to even more elegant group of housing prject near the Burrel Wharf Square:
From Burells Wharf Square, along the Thames path our direction becomes eastward. We are heading to the Island Gardens Park passing a long queue of sought-for posh housing blocks and the famous Elephant Royale Thai restaurant:
Follow the Thames Path signposts (there are a few by-passes as well) and you arrive to the Blackwall & District Rowing Club on the river bank. From there you have a marvelous view to the south bank - Greenwich Naval College and the Maritime Museum:
A Bit later you arrive to the Island Gardens Park on the Thames bank with extensive view on Greenwich (and East Greenwich and, in clear days even North Greenwich) :
On the north side of the park there is a small cafe'/restaurant run by a couple of ladies from Tobago. Friendly service' light snack and fantastic, budget home made Jamaican food.
Exit the park from its main, sole entrance/exit. Head northeast on Manchester Rd. Turn left and the extensive Millwall Park is on your right:
Not so much to see in this park - but excelent views from here. Take a short stroll and find (more to the north) the leading path to the adjoining Modchute Park:
On the west side of Modchute Park (and Millwall Park) stands Modchute DLR station:
From the Modchute DLR station take the DLR and Overground trains to the Deptford Station (not Deptford Bridge DLR station).
From the station turn right (south !) on Deptford High St (very interesting road with variety of ethnic groups, vibrant and colorful) toward Douglas Way. Turn left onto Giffin St. Turn left onto Deptford Church St. Turn right onto Bronze St. Turn left onto Creekside Rd. and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will be on your right and the Telford Homes Creekside Greenwich Project on your left. You won't find a word on this place in London travel Guides. But, it is a striking place. Wonderful surroundings, geniune architecture, creative, young atmosphere, cheerful students. One of the best, unexpected surprises in London:
Enter into the college to admire its interior, spaces and restaurant. Go outside and find a path to the back of this masterpiece complex to have a glance at the neglected (but very pretty in the afternoon sun !) Greenwich Creekside. What a picture !
After the Laban architectural experience I'll take you by hand to see a few more architectural project in this area - all of them in Deptford but marketed as being in Greenwich. Head north on Creekside toward Copperas St. Turn right onto Creek Rd. Turn left onto Glaisher St. You pass the Millenium Housing project/quarter:
Turn left to stay on Glaisher St. Continue along the Thames bank (Glaisher or Creekside street. There are signpost on both of these names...). Magnificient views of the river (on your right) and housing project (on your left):
Opposite one the new projects you face a grandiose, astonishing statue of Peter the Great:
Continue 200 metres north-west to arrive to an old coal-loading pier with nice view to the north bank of the Thames:
This our last stop. From here we make our way back to the Deptford station. Find (on your left) the Ahoy maritime Centre (Borthwick St). Head south on Deptford Green toward Deptford Green. Slight right onto Stowage. Turn right onto McMillan St. Turn right back onto Creek Rd. Turn left onto Deptford High St. Enjoy this wonderful street and walk until you'll see the station on your right.