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“Park is lovely cafe is a con ”

Thames Barrier Park
Ranked #445 of 1,814 things to do in London
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the park and have been visiting the park quite regularly over the past several years. The weather has been slightly chilly and windy. The park itself is well maintained with good views of the thamed and the barrier. interesting for the children to see and clean and safe for them to use the area and park. The only facilities toilets and eating and drinking area is in the cafe. We was the only visitors in the cafe. Two adults four children. After ordering we sat down and move a chair to add to our seating area so we had more space and we was told twice by the owner to put the chair back to the other place because of it being wheelchair friendly access. We said that if anybody else came into the cafe we would gladly put the chair back but otherwise would like to sit and comfortably eat and drink. We had to put the chair back because he insisted for health and safety. And we sat down and had our tea which was fresh and lovely and our pastries which were stale.
The cafe is quite expensive and i think its because there is no other facility other then the petrol station 15 minutes away. Really disappointed wont be going to use cafe again.

Thank ayshafarrugia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was travelling on the DLR when I saw this from the window and decided to investigate.

It's just next to Pontoon Dock station which is one stop before London City Airport on the line to Woolwich Arsenal.

There's a very large green space to have a picnic or play games but the area that enchanted me was the bushes that have been sculpted into waves.

It's only a short walk to the River Thames and you can see the Thames Barrier from there as well.

There is a visitor's centre there with toilets and a small coffee shop.

Very quirky but certainly worth a visit.

Thank therichastill
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

First of all, this listing is confusing. The Thames Barrier Park is on the north shore of the river, in Silvertown near London City Airport. The Pontoon Dock DLR station is right next to it. It's a pretty park with some innovative shrubbery design, and affords a sweeping view of the Thames Barrier but no facilities associated with the Barrier.

The Thames Barrier Information Centre is on the south bank of the river, on North Woolwich Road. It contains the operations centre for the Barrier and a visitor centre. It apparently has no TripAdvisor listing.

The only way you can get from the Thames Barrier Park to the Info Centre (without swimming) is to go downriver a mile or so and take either the Woolwich Ferry or the foot tunnel under the river, and then head another mile or so upriver.

Both are worth seeing. I visited the Thames Barrier Park on a sunny Sunday in mid-May. It has an interesting view over the river from behind the Barrier. I most recently visited the Info Centre area on a sunny July Monday whilst on a walk from Greenwich and Blackheath down to Woolwich. I ate my lunch whilst sitting on the grassy berm above the river. Henry Tate's sugar factory is across the river (he's the gent who endowed the Tate Museum and perfected the manufacturing process of the sugar cube.) I had a pleasant bite and then a short nap before resuming my walk. It's a lovely spot on a sunny day.

Visit the Web site for the Thames Barrier and you can see when the operators test the barrier, which is well worth seeing. You can also see when the Info Centre and cafe are open so you won't be disappointed.

The Barrier was built in the 1980s to prevent tidal surges from the North Sea from funneling up the Thames estuary and flooding London. It's an engineering marvel and, in my opinion (as a former engineer), a thing of great beauty.

2  Thank Abbotsbury92
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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

OK this is a place I wanted to look at for the Shear Engineering Achievement but unfortunately the visitor centre was closed so my advice is check on there website if your planning a visit and also it will list certain times the barrier will be open and closed..

2  Thank Darren S
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Reviewed September 21, 2017

The Thames Barrier Park is a quiet little riverside park in a lovely location just opposite the domes of the Thames Flood Barrier and is extremely well kept and ideal for a picnic. We had a lovely stroll through the sunken garden which has a variety of plants and shrubs and the wave-like hedges are very attractive. It also has a plaza with 32 fountains, a riverside promenade, a play area with swings for younger children and toilets.

There is an information centre nearby and a nice little café in the middle of a pleasant grassy area where you can get a cup of tea or coffee and a cake, served by friendly and pleasant youngsters.

The Thames Barrier Park is well worth a visit and car parking is free.

9  Thank Sandygranny
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