Cable Car across the Thames review
I don't like heights. My problem with heights is this: they are always too high.
Before you try and ride the cable car take a walk along the river and stare up at it for a second. You get quite a nice view of industrial London by The O2. You can see the factories and cranes and big ships across the water, the Thames Barrier, the red wire mesh of the ArcelorMittal Orbit by the Olympic Stadium... but check out that cable car! I really want you to appreciate how high it is before you ride it.
You can either buy a ticket from the ticket window or board it like you're taking a train: just tap your Oyster card down on the gate and head up the stairs. Then you'll see the cabins coming round on the carousel.
Luckily I'm on my own today, so I'm safe. I can sit here like a statue and not move a muscle. If I want to cry then I can. If I want to scream then I can scream. And if I want to have a nervous breakdown then I can go ahead. This is what I recommend you do for maximum safety: pick a seat in the middle (exactly in the middle) and then hold your breath for five minutes. Don't move a muscle. Keep your eyes constantly focused forwards as well, in case looking left and right affects the weight distribution. Say some prayers. Cross your fingers. Clutch a photograph of your loved ones for comfort... and then try and enjoy it.
The view is actually quite impressive once you've calmed yourself down. The O2 looks fantastic below you, and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf tower up behind. You get a great view of London City Airport and the industrial buildings up and down the Thames, but it's too far away from central London to get a good look at the landmarks. You can see the City skyscrapers in the very far distance, but you're not going to be able to see the Houses of Parliament, or anything like that.
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