Another Tube strike is set to hit London after Tube workers rejected an increased pay offer from Transport for London (TfL) over the introduction of the Night Tube service, which unions argue will mean longer and more anti-social working hours.
TfL said that tube services will stop running at 6.30pm on Wednesday. This means that services between 4.30pm and 6.30pm will be “exceptionally busy”.
Fortunately, although London will be much busier than usual, Canary Wharf is well served by lines not affected by the industrial action.
Here are seven ideas that may assist you in your quest to reach the office.
1. Take the DLR
It comes just as often as the tube does, gets you around just as quickly and there’s daylight – what’s not to like?
However, it is worth noting that DLR terminals will be busier than usual at stops which have interchanges, such as Shadwell, Stratford and, erm, Canary Wharf, so you’d best avoid them.
Visit the TFL website for information on stops and times near you.
Top tip: Walk to Westferry, Poplar or South Quay to avoid the crush on the estate.
2. Uber it
Taxi app firm Uber will expect to do plenty of business during the tube strike and, if you fancy a relaxing journey to work in the passenger seat, it’s probably worth a look. A morning trip from faraway Chelsea, for example, will set you back around £20. Food for thought, especially if you’ve been stung before on a Hackney carriage at the end of a night out.
Top tip: Use the “fare estimate” button before ordering if you’re keeping a tight grip on the pursestrings.
3. Get on yer bike
A Santander cycle, or “Boris bike” could be the perfect solution to escaping the rat-trap of public transport.
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.
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. 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.
6. 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
7. 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.