More of the old boy’s ramblings!
An extract from the ‘Wharf’ – the local Isle of Dogs Canary Wharf weekly – draws our attention to a new exhibition at the Museum of Docklands which is on West India Quay (DLR). ‘Bridge’ will certainly be worth viewing and I intend to get over there to Dan Cruickshank’s curated show. I so enjoy watching his history programme on Television – his recent Palaces series is as fascinating to us Londoners as he reveals the hidden secrets of many a royal excess.
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Summer is certainly the best time to view the many riverside sites which I have spotted on recent enjoyable boat trips, and of course is the case with London’s bridges. Here in Greenwich, a new footbridge next to Waitrose across the Deptford Creek is under construction, while on the tideway the proposed Garden Bridge linking the City to the South Bank must be better understood. Foot bridges across the Thames seem to be the new rage! Over in Docklands there are certainly a couple of foot bridges worth viewing over West India Dock itself and also the new Cross Rail station being constructed provides another crossing too. I do worry that the marine link may have been compromised, as several craft have been landlocked during construction. The ‘Leven’, our favourite ‘treat’ floating restaurant adjacent to the Docklands Museum has been closed because of ill health, no doubt the results of being landlocked too. Lorna had been serving delicious meals from her tiny galley, serving them in the Dutch barge’s handsome salon to an exclusive clientele for donkeys’ years, including board meetings for the LDDC. Both of them and family lived afloat and were much involved with the dockland community. I wish them well in their retirement.