Thursday, 21 June 2012

A couple of new experiences for Matchdays...

No, I don't mean a packed Jimmy Seed Stand most weeks or not necessarily having it all our way. I am referring to a couple of new visitor attractions in the locality.
UP at the O2 - Those imaginative people at AEG have come up with the idea of putting a walkway over the O2 dome roof. If you have ever seen the thin line of roped-on walkers against the skyline as they cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this is that on a smaller scale. It costs £22, takes 90 minutes, including security briefing and getting rigged out. You need to be relatively fit and over ten years of age. Oh, and you will need to book in advance. Slots are currently going backwards, so it would be a good idea to get in early if you would like to take advantage during the early season good weather (sic). I believe they take you up in wet weather (they provide rain-gear), so you need to be prepared to take a chance when booking. I am booked later in July...


Also by the O2 on the riverbank, is the "station" for the new Emirates-sponsored Thames cable-car crossing. The cable gondolas are enclosed and anyone can do this. Prices are much more reasonable too, starting, I believe at c £3.20 with an Oyster card and up to £4.20 cash. The first "flights" start a week today and I believe the crossing takes around ten minutes to complete. There may be little to see on the other side (Excel Centre?) but surely the novelty will be the return trip and views over the Valley? I will be an early user and will report back in due course...

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