The Tide

Greenwich Peninsula's The Tide is London’s first linear park offering elevated walkways, art installations and a series of breathtaking views. Peter Gray reports.

As if you needed any further reason to visit Greenwich Peninsula – the area has just celebrated the opening of its latest and some say greatest attraction: The Tide.

If you’re a regular reader of this website, then you’ll know that we are big fans of this little corner of South East London. There is so much to see and do on Greenwich Peninsula and the area is a remarkable testament to the powers of public planning and regeneration.

Once deprived and depressed, Greenwich now plays host to a thriving business community and an amazing array of attractions and entertainments.

The O2

Central to the regeneration of the area was the opening in 2000 of the Millenium Dome (now the O2). The venue has grown to become the best multifunction visitor attraction in the UK with an unparralled selection of entertainments, restaurants and shopping.

The O2 offers the visitor a comprehensive list of attractions including live music (the O2 Arena), trampolining (Oxygen Free Jumping), Ten Pin Bowling (Hollywood Bowl) and even rooftop climbing (Up at the O2).

If that were not enough, the venue also boasts a world class shopping complex (the Icon Outlet) and a newly launched immersive musical theatre show (Mama Mia the Party).

Dining in the Sky

You’re not short of entertainment options away from the O2, either. Depending on the time of year, you can dine in the sky (London in the Sky, Sky High Dining), go yachting (the Greenwich Yacht Club), visit a world class spa (the Spa at the Intercontinental), take a cable car ride over the Thames (the Emirates Air Line) or check out some art (the Now Gallery).

Greenwich Peninsula welcomes The Tide

The Tide is London’s first ever riverside linear park. A linear park is one that is longer than it is wide. The parks have tended to be built historically on former train lines, as in Valencia (the Jardin del Turia) or in New York (the High Line).

Greenwich Peninsula’s take on the park features a series of elevated walkways, some stunning art installations and several “landscaped trails” for joggers. As at the Garden Bridge, the Tide will act as an oasis of greenery, with a series of tranquil spaces overflowing with trees, plants and foliage.

Designed as a place to linger and relax, the park will have an array of areas to chill out with “laid back eateries” and sun loungers for those who want to while the day away.

The park is the work of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Neiheiser Argyros. The duo plan to open the attraction in stages with the complete venue, once open, stretching for five miles and forming a ring around the peninsula.

More information about The Tide at Greenwich Peninsula can be found here.

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-Places of Interest in LDN-
What: A new park
Why: who knows
Where: Greenwich Peninsula
Website: The Tide