Flying the Emirates Airline

Flying the Emirates Airline

The first of January is always a bit of a downer, so this year I dragged my friend with me to try out the Emirates Air-line. Unfortunately this airline doesn't actually take you to a sun-drenched beach in the balmy Emirates, this Emirates Airline takes you from one side of the Thames to the other.


Flying the Emirates Airline

I have to admit that I never really understood the need for building this cable car across the Thames, which apparently cost millions to build and is losing £50,000 a week. All the more reason to invest my £4.40 into our beloved mayor's pet project.

Flying the Emirates Airline

So we DLR-ed it all the way to Royal Victoria, swiped our Oyster Cards and on the cable car we went. It was rather windy that day, which made our car swing a tad bit too much for my taste. The views were, well, ok. The area surrounding the Emirates Airline is still a bit industrial and since it's quite far into exotic East-London, the views of London's skyline are rather distant.

Flying the Emirates Airline

The entire ride took about ten minutes and all along our views were soundtracked by a music video of The Snowman, which does seem to embellish the views somewhat.

Flying the Emirates Airline

Both slightly underwhelmed, we disembarked on the other side where we indulged in a couple of glasses of bubbly to ring in the new year. Another one of London's 'must-see' sights ticked off the list.

Flying the Emirates Airline

Comments

  1. Haha. I don't know anyone who's actually 'flown' the Emirates Airline before, so it's nice to know that it's just as underwhelming as it looks.

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  2. It's kind of funny as that is how they try to make you feel; like you're soaring across the Thames. ;-)

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  3. This posts cracked me up...too funny! I love it.

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  4. I only used it once and that was just to get from A to B - I think it serves that purpose well but I wouldn't necessarily think of it as anything more exciting than that! Nice that you had some champagne at the other end though :)

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    1. I think that's a good way of seeing it. :-)

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