Greenwich Foot Tunnel

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Venue name: Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Address: Cutty Sark Gardens
London
SE10 9HT
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours; work in lift Mon-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 10am-5.30pm
Transport: Rail: Cutty Sark DLR
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This under the river foot tunnel was completed in 1902 and provides an interesting pedestrian alternative to the Cutty Sark and Island Gardens DLR route. As a public highway it is open 24 hours a day. Sadly the lifts at both ends are no longer manned by attendants. There are also helical staircases that provide a dark and foreboding entrance. I once saw a used mattress dumped on the stairs. 


However, once in the tunnel, it is relatively spacious with atmosphere provided by buskers, youths taking vidoes and couples being shot for pre-wedding photographs. The tunnel provides cooling relief during the summer months. CCTV also provides a level of security. 


Do watch your heads. Bomb damage sustained during WW2 means that the northern end has it's diameter significantly reduced by the steel and concrete inner lining that was used for repairs. 


Arriving in Greenwich, one is greeted by the Cutty Sark. While travelers emerging at the Northern Entrance are rewarded with the views of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the Queen's House and the former Greenwich Hospital from the other side of the Thames. 


However, be careful about the hordes of cyclists. A newly initiated system now allows them to ride on their bikes during 'quiet' periods. However, do be mindful of the recidivists.