THE LINE

WEBSITE: the-line.org
LOCATION: Start at either North Greenwich or Stratford High Street
NEAREST AIRPORTS: London City Airport
COST: FREE
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The Line is a dedicated art walk, an inner-city trek which leads you from the 02, over the Thames in a cable car, on the DLR train, and up along the river to Stratford (East London). As you walk, you will see sculptures (some site specific commissions) by some of the worlds leading artists.

Currently, The Line is a three mile walk along the waterways of east London. It has 9 artworks placed along the path with ambitions to increase the number of sculptures by Spring 2019. An art-spotters map is available on the website and a printed version is handed out at North Greenwich station (ask the staff).  You will discover a little visited area of London (which is a joy in itself if you are getting a bit overwhelmed in the overcrowded city), not least the Three Mills and Thames Barrier.

Most of the sculptures have been well chosen to stand out, and are mostly impressive in scale, for example the Antony Gormley’s Quantum Cloud standing 10m tall above the water, or Richard Wilson’s A Slice of Reality, a cross section slice of a tanker ship. The way is signposted to keep you on track and meeting fellow walkers on your journey can be a lot of fun too. If you pluck up the courage to actually speak to people, not very London.

The idea behind The Line is to draw visitors to East London to help with the regeneration of the area. A dedicated Londoner, I have only ever been on the Emirates Air Line when doing the trek, and even I had to admit it was a wholly pleasant experience and a spectacular view of London. Grab your friends, grab the kids, grab the dog, and go for a really original walk.