Walk The Line between The O2 and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to see sculptures from leading artists among the docks and waterways of east London. The capital’s biggest sculpture trail leads walkers along three miles of waterways, including the Royal Docks and the River Lea, as well as soaring over the Thames on the Emirates Air Line.
The project opened in 2015, having raised more than £140,000 in less than eight weeks to bring existing work out of warehouses and into the public eye. New pieces are introduced each year as others disappear, but the more-or-less permanent highlights include Alex Chinneck’s ‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’ – a startling upside-down pylon on the Greenwich Peninsula – and work by Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst.
You can start from either end of The Line. If you’re walking north, start at North Greenwich tube. If you’re walking south from Stratford/Bow then Pudding Mill Lane DLR is the nearest station, but Three Mills Island is a great meeting point.
The works on the trail are free to view, but to do the whole thing in one day you’ll need to shell out for a short DLR journey and the cablecar. Each work is illuminated at night-time for late strollers to enjoy. Check The Line’s website for the latest list of works and a map, as the trail isn’t always easy to follow. Happy hiking!