Canary Wharf along with the rest of London is facing the biggest Tube strike in more than a decade.
Multiple unions are set to walk out starting at 6.30pm on Wednesday, July 8, with no London Underground at all expected to be operating for the whole of Thursday, July 9.
Also online: Unions say strike will 'definitely go ahead'
Fortunately, although London will be much busier than usual, Canary Wharf is well served by lines not affected by the industrial action.
Here are 8 work-arounds that may assist you in your quest to reach the office.
1. Take the DLR
Docklands Light Railway services will not be affected by the strike action, although Bank may be closed if there’s a lack of staff to ensure commuters’ safety. It will be busy with Canary Wharf a likely hot spot so travelling earlier or later than normal is advised. Here is the service's homepage.
Top tip: Walk to Westferry, Poplar or South Quay to avoid the crush on the estate.
2. Underground (no) Overground, wombling, etc.
The marvellous band of orange that encircles London proper will be running as normal with its long, unrestricted, air-conditioned carriages. It will be busy (during the last Tube strike some people had to sit next to each other) as people now know it exists but Canary Wharf workers should still consider it. Slip round the sides and make your way to Shadwell where either the DLR will take you the rest of the way or you can use your feet (one in front of the other, apparently) to get to the Wharf in about 20 minutes.
Top tip: Clapham Junction and Highbury and Islington are both good points to make for – here's a handy map
3. Hop on a bus...
In principle this makes a lot of sense but, with the Tube’s passengers migrating off its network, services are likely to be busy. Those stopping at Canary Wharf include the D3 from Bethnal Green, D7 from Mile End, D8 from Stratford, 135 from Moorfields Eye Hospital, 277 from Highbury and Islington and the N550 night bus from Trafalgar Square.
Top tip: Walk to stops in Westferry Road to catch buses north before they get clogged up with commuters on the Wharf.
4. Make use of the river
The Thames Clippers serve Canary Wharf pier regularly which is about half an hour from either Waterloo or Woolwich. Stops include Westminster, Embankment, Blackfriars, Bankside, London Bridge and Tower Piers to the west and Greenland, Masthouse and Greenwich to the east. There is also a shuttle service from Tower Bridge, which takes just 13 minutes. You can even use your Oyster card on them but expect long queues in central London to head over this way.
Top tip: Get there early. Really, really early.
5. Boris bike it
If there is a Santander cycle dock near where you live, you might be tempted to take the healthy option, particularly at just £2 for a whole day (provided you dock every half hour or less). There are a huge number of spaces to dock the bike or pick one up on your way home in Canary wharf too, including North Quay West, Churchill Place, West Plaza, South Quay West, Heron Quay, Montgomery Square, Upper Bank Street and South Quay East.
Top tip: Don’t go for the one in front of the Tube, everyone will think of that. Bikes can be picked up all over the Isle of Dogs
6. You could drive, but...
There are 2,500 public parking spaces in Canary Wharf, but at £26.50 for a day it’s not very cheap and the estate has shut its official car parks during strikes before. It’s also likely to be super busy with hefty traffic jams a virtual certainty.
Top tip: If you must get behind the wheel there’s a cheaper NCP in West India Quay or some parking on the Isle of Dogs, good luck.
7. Don’t go
There’s this thing, called the internet, we understand. In the days of VPN, video conferencing and all the rest do you really need to be in the office? Wouldn’t work be better done with your favourite mug in your hand on your sofa?
Top tip: Prepare work you can do at home, email yourself and put your feet up. Or go to a Starbucks if your wi-fi is rubbish
8. Don’t leave
There are plenty of places to stay on the estate or close to it. With rooms from £60 a night, Tune Hotel in West India Quay looks more attractive with every passing second. Other options include the Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf , Hilton London Canary Wharf , DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands or London Marriott West India Quay . We’ve heard there are even some bars and restaurants to pass the time in if you’re here for the duration.
Top tip: Book now. Right now. Not in a minute. Now
For live travel advice the TfL website has a range of tools to help you get around.