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Old Posted May 24, 2024, 6:48 AM
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Wrapped by the Thames on 3 sides, Greenwich Peninsula is a redeveloped community spread across 150 acres with new skyscraper residentials that will eventually be home to 34,000 residents. You also can't miss the huge O2 Arena.

The developer behind this project is Knight Dragon, which is chaired by Hong Kong property magnates Henry Cheng and Sammy Lee. It has invested some 8.4 billion pounds to rejuvenate this former industrial area in southeast London. The first homes were launched in 2014 with an elevated garden walkway opening 2019 to connect to a nice riverfront promenade that is part of the Thames Path. Redevelopment continues and is expected to stretch into the 2040s.

















The waterfront promenade is well executed with a ferry pier on the east side that is served by Uber Boats that run along the Thames from Putney to Barking.

























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It looks like a dynamic development so far, I like the pedestrian bridges.
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The IFS Cloud Cable Car costs only 6 pounds one-way to travel 90m above the Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. It opened in summer 2012 as the country's first urban cable car and features beautiful views of the Canary Wharf skyline from a different perspective. Under Emirates' sponsorship for the first 10 years, it has a capacity of 2500 passengers per hour, with the airline funding 36 million out of the 60 million pound construction cost. Technology company IFS took over the sponsorship in 2022.



































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The Queen's House was built in the 1630s as a royal retreat. It was made available to court favourites and artisans by the end of the 17th century.

By then, the site in front of the Queen's House was earmarked for the Royal Hospital for Seamen, but Queen May II instructed architect Sir Christopher Wren not to block the Thames view, resulting in the beautifully-aligned axis we see today with the house at the centre.

It now is a museum that showcases a lot of artwork with a maritime connection, and can be easily combined with the National Maritime Museum for a few hours of exploration.

















This portrait of Elizabeth I commemorates the failed Spanish invasion in 1588, and is one of her most iconic portraits.









The Dutch West India Company first encountered the large southern continent of Australia in the 17th century, and they competed to make globes that showed the most updated information.



Among the items on display here are scenes from Sir William Parry's accounts of naval expeditions to the Arctic in the 1820s.



Britain's maritime empire are on show in these folding fans, which women in the 18th century used to show off their knowledge of international affairs and trade.



The Solebay tapestry features burning ships, waves, and smoke from the Battle of Solebay in 1672 between the English, Dutch, and French. It was part of 6 giant tapestries commissioned by King Charles II.



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While the Chelsea Flower Show costs an arm and a leg to enter - at least 55 pounds for non-members during the public access days - it is also possible to view some lovely floral displays for free around nearby streets.

Chelsea in Bloom took place between 20-26 May 2024 featuring floral feasts with botanical heritage and great food in mind. Many retailers have decorated their storefronts with dazzling displays. A walk along busy King's Road and Sloane Street was a bit stressful among the crowds but a very worthwhile adventure.

























































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A few more shots from Chelsea in Bloom :



































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The flight path into Heathrow from the east offer spectacular views from the City, past Westminster, and through the West End. These views were taken on a flight from the north during the early summer evening hour.

We entered London from the north and looped east for final approach. While it was hard to spot the Shard and the skyscrapers nearby, I could see the London Eye and Westminster clearly as well as the West End and used that as a benchmark to figure out my location. I guess for Canary Wharf, I need to sit on the left side next time or fly out of the City airport instead!









Looks like King's Cross station down there.





We crossed the Thames right above the City with the London Eye being the reference. Welcome to Central London.







I could barely see The Shard as we made the final turn.



Chelsea is one of the West End's most posh and upscale districts with fancy lowrise homes and unique shops geared towards the bigger wallet.





Across on the other side of the Thames, the Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station area is a huge redevelopment with a new Northern Line extension.



The vast Hyde Park is in the distance.







The West End is a vast area of lowrises and a desirable residential area.







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