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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

Following current UK government guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak, please only visit The Line if it is safe for you to do so.

You can also enjoy The Line via this website and our social media channels, where you can experience an extraordinary cultural journey from the comfort of your sofa. We look forward to you visiting The Line before too long.

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What is The Line?

The Line is London’s first dedicated public art walk. Connecting three boroughs (Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich) and following the Greenwich Meridian, it runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2. The Line features an evolving programme of art installations (loans and commissioned works), projects and events, illuminating an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free. Use our MAP to discover our exhibition programme, and the wealth of wildlife along the route and its extraordinary history.

What route does The Line follow?

The Line runs from North Greenwich to Stratford, between the Greenwich Peninsula (The O2) and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It broadly follows the line of the Greenwich Meridian. The route is three miles as the crow flies however most of the walk is along winding waterways, so it takes around three hours to complete the entire route. You can walk The Line in one go or visit different sections on different days (one of the joys of The Line is that it’s constantly changing – different seasons, times of day and tides mean it’s always worth a return visit).

What is the Greenwich Meridian?

The Greenwich Meridian is the line that separates east from west in the same way that the Equator separates north from south. It is an imaginary line that marks zero degrees longitude. The Greenwich Meridian is important as it marks the starting point of every time zone in the world.

How do I get to The Line?

There are many transport options and links to The Line. You can arrive by underground, overground, bus, boat, cable car or DLR. Santander Cycles are available at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (only).

If starting at the North of the route, travel to Stratford (accessible by underground, overground, DLR or bus). If starting at the South, travel to North Greenwich (accessible by underground, bus or boat – Thames Clipper). The Emirates Air Line is the cable car that connects North Greenwich and the Royal Docks, which is also accessible by DLR and bus.

Please use our interactive MAP when planning your route – as well as during your visit! – or print our downloadable MAP and bring this with you. We also have written directions.

Who is The Line for?

The Line is free, open and accessible for everyone to enjoy. Visit on your own or in a group. Commute or walk to school along it, make it part of your exercise routine or travel across the world to visit. The Line welcomes local residents, Londoners, tourists, families, bird-watchers, cyclists, dog-walkers, art-followers, runners, ramblers and anyone else who enjoys an adventure. The Line also develops learning programmes for schools and teachers to use The Line as an outdoor classroom. Spending time in nature and experiencing art at any age improves your health and wellbeing. The Line is a great place to escape and connect to culture and the outdoors in East London.

What kind of art can I see?

The Line introduces monumental, sculptures by leading international artists to the footpaths of East London’s waterways. You can find more about artists on The Line HERE. Many of these works had previously been hidden away from public view, in storage or private collections. Artworks are predominantly 3D, freestanding sculptures, though The Line’s programme also includes film, performance, light and sound installations and exhibitions of 2D artworks. The Line collaborates with major cultural partners on the commissioning of new artworks and you can read more about these projects HERE.

How are artworks selected for The Line?

The inaugural loans, which included Damien Hirst, Eduardo Paolozzi and Thomas J Price, came through an open submission and were selected by a panel that included Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger, curator Omar Kholeif, art critic Richard Cork, collector and philanthropist Anita Zabludowicz and Simon Myers, local resident and founder of Cody Dock. The Line’s programme is now curated in-house, with support from The Line’s curatorial advisors, Artwise.

How long does it take to walk The Line?

To walk the entire route of The Line takes approximately 3 hours (depending on how long you spend with artworks and stop at cafés on the way). We have created three downloadable maps (for Greenwich Peninsula, Royal Docks and River Lea) in case you would prefer to take the route in stages.

Can I cycle The Line?

Absolutely! There are sections of the route that are more complicated to navigate by bike but it’s possible to take your bike on the DLR between Star Lane and Royal Victoria, which makes this section easier to follow. It’s also possible to take your bike on the Emirates Air Line cable car when travelling over the Thames. We ask cyclists and pedestrians to respect one another on narrow towpaths. If you would like to hire a bike, Santander Cycles are available in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to explore the northern section of the route.

Is The Line free?

It is completely free to experience The Line. There are two sections where you need to pay to travel: North Greenwich and the Royal Docks are connected by the Emirates Air Line, which is a cable car that takes you over the Thames. The Royal Docks and Cody Dock are connected by a short DLR journey (Royal Victoria to Star Lane). Click HERE for our map and download written directions from this page.

Are there toilet facilities on The Line?

There are no dedicated toilet facilities for The Line however we have highlighted cafes on the route in our MAP that have toilet facilities for customers.

Is The Line fully accessible?

Yes. There is one section on the River Lea that isn’t accessible for disabled users, however we have highlighted an alternative route on our downloadable map that cuts out the ramps that aren’t DDA compliant and offers a fully accessible journey.

Who set up The Line?

The Line was co-founded by Megan Piper and the late regeneration expert Clive Dutton OBE (1953-2015). Their ambition was to connect two of the most important regeneration sites in London (Stratford and Greenwich Peninsula) with an outdoor exhibition programme that encourages locals, Londoners and visitors to the capital to engage with modern and contemporary art, whilst discovering this lesser-known part of the city, its wildlife and heritage. Read more about The Line’s story HERE.

How is The Line funded?

The Line was initiated through a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign that raised over £140,000 in less than eight weeks in 2014. In the subsequent five years, it ran without public funding through a mixed income portfolio of corporates, trusts and foundations and donations from the public and private donors. The project’s success has also been underpinned by the phenomenal in-kind support it has received from its founding supporters, including architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Click HERE to see who has funded The Line and find out how you can support The Line HERE.

Is The Line a charity?

The Line is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and in 2020,  became a registered charity (Charity no. 1190073). It is run by a very small team with support from a board of Advisors and Trustees. It was set up as a CIC in 2013 and until 2019 worked with charity partners to secure support and deliver projects.

The Line relies on philanthropic and corporate support to deliver its core activities, which include its exhibition programme as well as building and maintaining programmes with schools, local communities and partners. The Line is able to continue its work thanks to donations from the public, patrons and businesses, and the generous support of all its lenders and friends. If you would like to support The Line please donate HERE.