Is a Slow Life journey to work possible in London? Never, I thought, until the tube workers’ strike proved me wrong. I needed to get to the Excel conference centre, a journey which involved a journey to the City by tube, and then a DLR train to Docklands. DLR stands for Docklands Light Railway. This journey is perhaps the very opposite of the Slow Life ideal, which was epitomised in my description of the journey to Cuckoo Brow (See here).
The tube strike alerted me to an alternative route, which would avoid the horrors of the underground. I could take the river boat from the Embankment to the O2 stadium and a cable car from there, over the Thames to Excel. On a lovely warm sunny spring day, this journey was next to perfection. A £6 ticket paid for a half hour trip along the river past the London Eye, Big Ben, St Paul’s, Tower Bridge and The Shard. It was worth it, just to hear the oohs and aahs of the German tourists on board. When I disembarked at the O2 to my surprise, I was the only passenger headed for Excel. The trip on the cable car, which I had to myself, was every bit as impressive as a go on the London Eye. The trade show at the Excel was packed – I don’t know how the other delegates got there, but I’m certain that none of them had as enjoyable a journey as mine.