Thames Barrier Closure
The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. Spanning 520 metres across the River Thames near Woolwich, the Thames Barrier protects 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges.
It has 10 steel gates that can be raised into position across the River Thames. When raised, the main gates stand as high as a 5-storey building and as wide as the opening of Tower Bridge. Each main gate weighs 3,300 tonnes.
In addition to an annual test closure at a high spring tide, the Environment Agency schedules a closure every month for maintenance and testing, and it’s a good opportunity to see this engineering marvel in action. On the Royal Docks side of the river, Thames Barrier Park provides a perfect view as well as award-winning landscaped gardens.
For your visit
Food & Drink
The Girl of Sandwich
Primarily a takeaway, this sandwich shop is popular with locals and workers alike.
North Woolwich Library
This is more than a library; here you'll find a homework club, model railway society, and more.
London City Airport
The only London airport that's actually in London.
Changing Places – Working with the Community
Wed 29 Jan
Join us at The Crystal to explore and discuss community participation in urban planning and regeneration.
Art & Culture
3rd Anniversary party of the Royal Docks History Club
Wed 29 Jan
Celebrate the History Club's 3rd Birthday & the 100th anniversary of the Roaring Twenties decade with a 20s themed party.