If the weather holds up and we see some of this heat wave we were all promised this weekend, may we suggest a lovely walk along the length of the Lea River? If you don’t know much about this hidden gem, London’s second river runs through the heart of east London and meanders beside the Olympic Park. Your only obstacle in the beautiful 26-mile riverside walk is a little site called Cody Dock; a tucked-away dock that is now the centre of a thriving social regeneration project.
The Gaswork Dock Partnership is a social enterprise set up in November 2009, which gained charitable status in April 2011. It seeks to regenerate the precious space around east London’s waterways and create both opportunities and services for the local community. Their ambitious ideas have gained huge support and progressed rapidly with the launch of the Cody Dock footpath and gardens. The final vision will be a thriving hub of activity for the under-served boating community of London, with the 2.5 acres of land filled with living and working spaces, cafes, exhibition spaces and a museum dedicated to an archive of industrial heritage.
This exciting regeneration will be a wonderful addition to the life of all Londoners. You can contribute to London’s secret dock and help to raise the necessary £79,158 needed to create the bridge linking what will be a glorious green corridor, running all the way from Hertfordshire to London’s only lighthouse as it joins the Thames. But it’s not just financial help that is needed to bring this community vision alive; the team are also always on the lookout for helpful volunteers to lend a helping hand and get involved.
You don’t have to wait until the bridge is built to enjoy this wonderful site. Set along the dock is the magnificent River Princess community boat. The boat is perfectly placed to let you take in glimmering views of the O2, Emirates cable car and skyscrapers along Canary Wharf. You can hire the boat for private functions or for minimal organisational effort, just check out the incredible list of events they have lined up. Does experimental sonic art and music suit your fancy? How about a film night for £3? We recommend you keep an eye on Cody Dock – we know we will.