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by Scarlett Cook (subscribe)
Recent graduate, Londoner - known to pick up a pen and paper from time to time...
Alternative means of transport in London
Crossing the Thames and getting from East to South London in less than ten minutes? Impossible you may think! But not with the new arrival of the Emirates Cable Car service, as with it's 34 gondolas, it promises to do just that. Navigating the city, as any Londoner and well seasoned commuter will let you know, at times can feel like traversing the globe. The Thames cable service is aimed at both tourists and locals, whether to admire the sun set and views of up-and-coming Docklands or for a speedy route home after a long day at work.

Image from Transport For London website

Since opening on 28 June, there has been much speculation around this addition to the transport system, and recently whilst showing an out-of-town friend around London for the day, curiosity got the better of me and I just had to visit. Plus, it makes for the ideal activity for a pair such as ourselves one being a rare visitor to the Big Smoke, and the other (myself) a Londoner born and bred, as we could both share in its newness and novelty. Upon exiting Royal Victoria station, we were greeted by an unusual and somewhat futuristic vision, of multiple 'pods' flying through the air above the Thames a sight perhaps not uncommon to many a science fiction film prediction of the capital's skyline in years to come.

With fares under a fiver, and Oyster enabled barriers, riding the cable cars is quick and easy and whilst aboard, passengers are greeted by fresh panoramas of the city. Yet the journey itself took around six minutes so felt like a fun thing to do as part of the day, without taking up too much time or having to become an event in itself and thus appealing to the commuter in me, and many others no doubt.

Image from Transport For London website

Overall, a fun and accessible experience that literally offers a new perspective of London. Well worth it if you find yourself with a few minutes spare and a desire to try a new way of getting from A to B!
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Why? Emirates Cable Car crossing River Thames
Where: Greenwich
Cost: 1.60-4.30 (child/adult) Concessions available for Oyster/Travelcard users
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