I was amazed and pleased to discover ‘The Line’, it is London’s first dedicated public art walk. Connecting three boroughs (Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich) and following the Greenwich Meridian, it runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2 (one of London’s premier music venues). The Line features an evolving program of art installations (loans and commissioned works), projects and events, illuminating an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature, and heritage for free.
The route is three miles as the crow flies however most of the walk is along winding waterways, so it takes around three hours to complete the entire route. You can walk The Line in one go or visit different sections on different days (one of the joys of The Line is that it’s constantly changing – different seasons, times of day and tides mean it’s always worth a return visit). The route also involves crossing the Thames River on the Emirates Air Line which is the UK’s first urban cable car.
One of the best ways to enjoy the line is to use their free dedicated app. Hear directly from exhibited artists talking in-depth about their works. Discover more about the history, nature and architecture of The Line as Bill Nighy takes you on a guided tour of the route. Take a moment for yourself with three specially commissioned mindfulness guides.
The-line.org is a great website, excellent in its simplicity and content. I have used many of their words and one image of Madge Gill’s work in this post and in no way claim any copyright for the words or images. The Hatchling is an image from Joanna Rajkowska and the Quantum Cloud was photographed by Andy Roberts from East London, England, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons