Doctored Docklands

Another morning following the Elizabeth Line. Full disclosure — the photo above was taken on a previous visit to Limehouse Basin.

This time, it was westbound from Beckton Park (completing the section between Woolwich and Custom House), as far as the Elizabeth Line’s junction station at Whitechapel. It was a grey day, so there was no chance of being fried by the tall buildings around Canary Wharf. But Saturday morning was one of the better times to traverse the Isle of Dogs — fewer people.

The Millennium Dome looms out of the landscape, as seen from Blackwall Way over Bow Creek

The route, though, had to be altered from the original in several places due to construction (ExCeL, the Tideway), “construction” (barriers but no apparent activity — constructive deterrence?), and the usual scourge of locked gates. Some nice contrasts between the old and the new, and a couple of fine little pocket parks. The Thames Path borrowing to the west of Canary Wharf was curtailed by diversions before the push north via Shadwell to Whitechapel.

This notice may be beside the entrance to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Limehouse, but be assured that the walkway leads round the outside of the restaurant, rather than into it
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