Going Around Newham
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is probably your first association, when you hear Newham, since this site definitely deserves some of your spare time. We have in mind 5 more reasons to explore the East London borough. Tighten your belts, because our journey is about to begin.
Take it To the Air
The Emirates Air Line is the first and only urban cable car in the United Kingdom. The 1-kilometre (0.62 mi) gondola line crosses the waters of the Thames, linking the Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Victoria Dock. It was named after its sponsor - the Emirates airline. The service opened on 28 June 2012, since then, millions of people enjoyed the unique view of London, revealed in front of their eyes through the glass.
The 36 passenger gondolas cross the river at a height up to 90 meters (300 ft.), which is even higher than the nearby O2 Arena. The cable car provides a crossing every 15 seconds, with a maximum capacity of 2,500 passengers per hour in each direction, which is about 50 busloads. If you’re into fancy stuff, you can book your own private cabin and enjoy a glass of champagne, while the whole of London is beneath your feet. The duration of a single crossing is ten minutes, but keep in mind that it is reduced to five minutes in the rush hour, when the service’s speed is increased.
Go into the Orbit
The ArcelorMittal Orbit (often referred to as the Orbit Tower or its original name, Orbit) is Britain's largest piece of public art, with its impressive 114.5-metre-high. The sculpture is sited between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (in Stratford, London). It allows visitors to view the whole Olympic Park from its two observation platforms.
Orbit was designed by Turner-Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond of engineering Group Arup. In an interview, Kapoor said that one of the influences on his design was the Tower of Babel, the sense of "building the impossible" and that the form "straddles Eiffel and Tatlin", while having something mythic about it. Balmond on the other side, found his muse in the moving of the electron cloud. His intention was to recreate the metaphor of its orbit – a structure that appears unstable and precarious, a sculpture that is “never centred, never quite vertical”. Both believe that Orbit represents a new way of thinking, "a radical new piece of structure and architecture and art" that uses non-linearity – the use of "instabilities as stabilities". The Orbit gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and to take part in a once in a lifetime, egregious experience.
Two years ago, The Slide was opened for visitors. The world’s longest tunnel slide is 178 meters long and during the ride you’ll make 12 twists and turns through the UK’s tallest sculpture, finishing with a devilish corkscrew section named the “bettfeder”’ – after the German word for “bedspring”. During its first year, The Slide was listed as the #1 activity in the capital by Time Out London. For mere seconds before the descent, you’ll catch glimpses of the Park and London’s skyline through the transparent sections, then you’ll be surrounded by darkness – leaving your mind to guess which direction you’ll drop next.
Take a Walk Among the Lux
If you have ever played Monopoly, then you should remember how expensive Bond Street was, and there’s a solid reason why. According to Westminster City Council, Bond Street has the highest density of haute couture stores anywhere in the world, attracting "the rich, the famous, and the simply curious". It was built up in 1700 and during the centuries the Bond Street made quite a name for itself. In Suzanna Clarke's novel “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell”, set in 19th-century England, Bond Street is described as having "the most fashionable shops in all the kingdom". The emblematic street has been mentioned in several other works of literature, among them are noted Jane Austen’s novel “Sense and Sensibility” and the remarkable novel by Virginia Woolf – “Mrs Dalloway”. The plot of the 1948 eponymous film “Bond Street” is based on items purchased from the street’s shops.
While window-shopping, you can see the famous statue “Allies”, a sculpture by Lawrence Holofcener. It portrays Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sitting in conversation on a park bench. The statue was erected by the Bond Street Association to commemorate 50 years since the end of World War II. Bond Street is also the home of the only carillon in London. You can hear the bells ring above the premises of Salvatore Ferragamo, originally Atkinsons, at 24 Old Bond Street. Look for the building on the corner of Old Bond Street and Burlington Gardens. Atkinsons Carillon of 23 bells is well-kept in the highest spire of the tower, which surmounts this building. Sounds poetic, doesn’t it. The magnificent Carillon, that chimes the hour to this day, is played by hand on special occasions of public and private rejoicing.
Get on the Time Machine
Welcome to the Three Mills Island, a place so rich in history than we could’ve written a whole detailed article especially for this site. Still, with lots of effort we’ve managed to fit some of the most remarkable facts in a few paragraphs.
The Three Mills Island has been a trading site for over 900 years, although little is known about the tidal mills that operated here in the Middle Ages. The Domesday Book recorded Britain’s earliest known mills wer built here in 1086 (there were probably eight or nine of them on the island), whilst the foundations of the current House Mill date back to 1380-1420. The Three Mills name was in use from the 16th century but none of the structures survives from that period. The fire and bombs during the Second World War brought their active life to an end, destroying the others buildings in the industrial zone. Only two mills have stood here for much of the time since then.
However, the island gives shelter to The House Mill, which dates from 1776. It was built on the site of an earlier mill and between two houses, hence its name. This is the largest surviving tide-powered mill not only in Britain but in the whole world as well. Nowadays it is partially restored as a showpiece, though its opening hours are presently very restricted. Still the Grade I listed building delivers numerous activities and events, including heritage tours, concerts, art exhibitions, and a range of classes.
Once you’re there, it’s hard not to notice that the picturesque Clock Mill was rebuilt in 1817 from an earlier mill. Back in 1878, there were three water-wheels in the Clock Mill, each measuring around 20 feet in diameter and 3 feet in width. Nowadays you can simply admire the unique design, which rounds out the charm of the site.
A significant part of the island is now occupied by 3 Mills Studios - a 10 acre film and TV studio. Productions made here include the television programs Footballers’ Wives and Million Pound Drop, and the feature films 28 Days Later; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This was also the site of the Big Brother house, used for the first two series of the (then) Channel 4 reality show.
The vital and wild park “Three Mills Green” dominates the northern half of the island, altogether with the rustic children’s play space called Wild Kingdom – the perfect place to leave your kids' imagination run and let them explore outdoors activities like never before, since the facilities are built entirely from nature’s materials.
And since we mentioned the little humans, there’s one more place in Newham, which they’ll fall in love with – just take them to Discover - the UK’s first Story Centre. Actually, the chances are that making up stories may be just the right thing for you as well, who doesn’t need a bit of magic in life?
Stay in Silence For 5 Seconds
Okay, maybe this is not a breathtaking adventure or a unique design, that never meet the eye, but still, we simply couldn’t leave this one aside. Even though, if you’re not looking for God in the church and prefer the myth behind the Flying Spaghetti Monster, for example, there’s something unique about our number five.
When we find ourselves daydreaming for another life in another time, it is good to remember that even though the world is not exactly at its best nowadays, actually we’re quite lucky to live in the 21st century. Today we have the opportunity to travel the world, to dive into the enormous world of science and literature, to choose with whom we can spend our lives and to have faith, without the fear of being murdered for our believes. During the persecution, around 300 men and women were burned alive at the stake.
In 1879, a large monument (one of the few in the country) was erected in St John's churchyard in Stratford Broadway, to commemorate the group of 11 men and two women who were burned at the stake together for their Protestant beliefs, at Stratford-le-Bow or Stratford near London in England on 27 June 1556, during that dark times, while Queen Mary Tudor or Bloody Mary, if you prefer, was on the throne.
Designed by J T Newman, it consists of an ornate hexagonal column, capped with a 12-sided spire rising to a height of 65 feet. The memorial is a Grade II structure listed on the National Heritage List for England.
Final Pieces of Information
As our review comes to an end, we want to turn to anyone to whom our company can be of assistance. Don’t doubt contacting us when it comes to cleaning the rooms of a household in Newham to spare yourself both time and effort.
Before we head to some of the other hidden London’s gems, let us mention one more intriguing place in Newham. If you’re Ghostbusters or Mythbusters or any kind of busters fan, then you should consider standing in front of the blue door on 284 Green Street. Chances are that you’ve heard at least once for the powerful ghost, who used to haunt the house and the terrifying things he managed to do in the night of August 30, 1977. The thrill seekers from all around the world continue to come here, hoping to have some paranormal experience or at least take home a bizarre picture of moving curtains, despite the lack of wind. In most cases, there’s a picture but the story behind it is nothing more than been there, shot that…