- On 08/05/2019
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Best of: the Jubilee Line
The youngest of all tube lines and the only with fancy glass doors on platforms. The grey one is the only line to connect with every other line on the tube network and touches base at the busiest station in London; Waterloo. It stops off at Baker Street – the station with the most platforms and Green Park – an old burial ground for lepers and plague victims. It also takes you east – to areas previously unserved by underground carriages and can take you to strange places like Dollis Hill… Me neither.
Canada Water/Bermondsey/London Bridge
These areas of London are filled with history and really interesting notes of dockers and old London – the line then runs past Canary Wharf and into Greenwich – there’s loads of maritime related fun to be had along the way. The three stations above have particularly interesting features.
Get off at London Bridge to see the Shard, Borough Food Market and a lovely walk along the river to Tower Bridge, cross the Thames to the Tower of London and walk through Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Whitechapel to get some overpriced coffee, vegan croissants and get frowned at by people with no socks on. There’s also some fabulous street food, street art and real authentic history along the way – not to mention beautiful parks and art galleries, vintage markets, pop up shops and hidden streets.
In fact, get off at Bermondsey instead – then walk the Bermondsey beer mile towards London bridge, then do all of the above. Wear comfy shoes and be sure to have a mooch about the railway arches – there’s always something new going on them (rope walk is a highlight).
Canada Water was one of the places quite hard to reach before the Jubilee line came along. Designed by the same architect who brought us the Millenium Dome. Since the line stretched further underground in the late 90’s, this place has thrived – I remember what it was like before the station was built. Canada Water has some great bars and shops in the area is a lovely walk along canals with a very nice pub on most corners (check out the Angel, Spice Island and the Mayflower).
North Greenwich, and the building formerly known as the Millenium Dome.
The O2, the gigs, the parties, bars, cinemas and restaurants. That’s pretty much about it though I’m afraid. When North HGreenwich was built and linked the Jubilee line it came to life. You can absolutely still see that there was nothing there before this and there is almost no life in the immediate area outside of the station and shopping complex. However…..
The O2 is a must for any Londoner or visitor, and a very short walk from here takes to piers with boat links to Greenwich and the Cutty Sark – “proper Greenwich”. This place is beautiful, rich and cultured – filled with history.
You can spend a day in the market, at the observatory, in the lovely pubs (Third reference was that?) in the museums and near the university grounds – it’s very pretty, quite posh and well worth a visit.