The best of East London is highlighted for visitors – starting with Greenwich

London City Airport is encouraging its visitors to venture away from central London and explore East London’s cultural hotspots.

A new video series, ‘Beyond Zone 1’, commissioned by London City Airport for, the popular London news and events website, showcases the best of the eight London boroughs on the doorstep of the airport.

The first of the eight-part series, published today, focusses Greenwich, charting alternative places to visit in the Royal Borough, such as Severndroog Castle, the Fan Museum and NOW Gallery. The series will also shine the spotlight on small to medium size businesses with a unique proposition, such as purveyors of handmade fudge, The Fudge Patch in Greenwich Market, and Streetfeast Woolwich, the indoor food and drink market which opened last year.

The videos are designed to cater for both Londoners and the growing number of leisure passengers and international tourists that are using London City Airport to visit the city. The upcoming videos will focus on the boroughs of Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Havering, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, which last week celebrated the start of its status as 2019’s London Borough of Culture.

Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons said:

“London’s cultural offering is second to none and is the main draw for four out of five visitors to our city. Tourism is integral to our capital’s economy and this video series from London City Airport and is a brilliant showcase for our vibrant east London boroughs. Whether you’re visiting the food markets of Greenwich or the hidden treasures of our London Borough of Culture Waltham Forest, you really are spoilt for choice.”

Liam McKay, Director of Corporate Affairs, London City Airport, said:

“London City Airport is the most central airport in London, on the doorstep of, frankly, the most exciting and fast-growing areas of the capital – East London.

“As London continues to move east, we want to encourage all visitors to London, including our increasing customers, to go beyond zone 1 and experience for themselves the brilliant attractions and creative SMEs in East London, many of which are less than 30 minutes from the airport. They will find there’s so much more to London than they first thought.”

Patch Hyde, Founder of The Fudge Patch, said:

“Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Leicester Square are great, really they are, but honestly I think the 30 million people who visit London every year should jump on the DLR to Cutty Sark to try, what I humbly proclaim to be the best fudge in the world, made right here in Greenwich!”

Following a record-breaking 4.8 million passenger tally in 2018, London City Airport’s role is increasing, to cater for greater demand emerging in East London - home to the fastest rise in population, homes, and office space over the next decade. Upcoming new routes this year include Munich, Budapest, Vilnius, and Split, following the start of Warsaw and Newcastle services on 7th January.

The airport is also undergoing a £500 million transformation over the next four years; quadrupling the size of the terminal facilities, adding 8 new aircraft stands, and a parallel taxiway next to the runway. In addition to over 2,000 jobs created by the development, the airport plans to collaborate with abundant East London talent to assert a sense of place in the new terminal, through interior installations, events and partnerships.

The next video in the Beyond Zone 1 series will focus on Newham, and be published in February.