Monday, January 29, 2024

'The Tide', Greenwich Peninsula

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'Quick Tide' by Felipe Pantone.

Greenwich Peninsula is an ever-changing place to visit. From its massive Peninsula Square with its water fountains, its boutique market and shops and, of course, the MillenniuM Dome, or the O2 Arena is now known, there is always lots to see and do.

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Looking down on Peninsula Square.

The riverside walk, towards Woolwich, has been cleaned up and now offers great places to sit and watch the activity of the River Thames. 

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'The Tide' from the riverside.

While the Olympian Way, which leads on to the Thames Path, offers great views across to the Isle of Dogs and the various public art along that part of the route.

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You are never far from the Greenwich Meridian.

One of the newest features, of the Peninsula, is 'The Tide', which is London's first-ever riverside linear park. This raised walkway allows you to sit above the bustle of Peninsula Square and relax. 

As you use the walkway and head towards the riverside, you will find public art, more seating, planted trees and shrubs, all while looking down on those below.

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'The Tide' twists and turns like all good rivers do.

Also, the design of 'The Tide' allows for the walkways, glass balustrades and steps themselves to be part of the public art experience.

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'Mermaid' by Damien Hirst.

Although there are steps and slopes, to access the walkway, there is also a lift, making it accessible to everyone.

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"Not seeing rivers is also another way of dying".

Although 'The Tide' currently stretches just 1km, it will eventually encompass the whole Peninsula and reach 5km in length.

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'Poured Staircase' by Ian Davenport.

I, for one, can't wait to see it completed. But, for now, it is still a great place to relax, especially on those sunny days and evenings.