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The Emirates Air Line might be getting a booze licence

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

Ah, the Emirates Air Line. Where would London be without it? Actually, most people wouldn't bat an eyelid if it disappeared into a puff of smoke, but it doesn't look like Boris Johnson's £60 million white elephant is going anywhere anytime soon. Instead, London's transport bosses have come up with a cunning plan to make the 1km gondola line more appealing to Londoners: add booze. 

Docklands Light Railway (the Air Line's parent company) has submitted an application for an alcohol licence on behalf of Transport for London, which includes plans to serve champagne from 10am to 1.30am every day from bars on platforms at each end of the route between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. Booze is obviously the main attraction, but they're also proposing having film screenings, live music, karaoke and silent disco events at the south terminal next to the O2. All they're missing is the obligatory street food – although that could get messy.

Greenwich Council will make a decision on the proposal on September 5. If it gets the green light, could the largely useless cable car become London's hottest attraction? Only time will tell. But probably not.

In other news, there's a new tube map to show us how many steps there are between each station

TfL has launched a new 'please offer me a seat' badge

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