Lonely Planet Writer
London’s answer to the High Line in New York is set to open next month with back-to-back festivals, sober raves and Damien Hirst art installations all in the works.
Elevated parks are must-have symbols of urban redevelopment in cities like New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Mexico City and Paris. Now London finally has its own version with the Tide. Set to open on 5 July, the first stretch will feature timber-decked bridges and lush pathways of native trees (pines, silver birches and wildflowers) along nine-metre high elevated walkways that will eventually connect to a five-kilometre-long loop.
Located on Greenwich Peninsula, London’s newest creative neighbourhood by the Thames, the Tide will be the first of its kind in the city. Designed by architects Diller Scofidio Renfro, who also worked on the High Line in New York, the route will also feature a 27-metre long outdoor picnic table (London’s longest), sunken gardens and a unique jetty garden. It’s also slated to become a site for artistic installations. Two Damien Hirst sculptures are on the way, as well as pieces from Anthony Gormley and Allen Jones.
The first kilometre of the loop will be unveiled during Turning Tides Festival, running from 5-7 and 12-14 July, with live music from Laura Mvula, Grammy-award winning Oumou Sangare, iconic drag show performances by Sink the Pink and participatory Wish Trees art installation from Yoko Ono. Morning Gloryville will kick start the day with an early-morning sober rave and guests can partake in holistic events like yoga, reiki and gong bath sessions. There’ll also be food trucks and family-friendly events for all ages.
“The Tide brings to London an unrivalled outdoor experience in the city,” says Kerri Sibson, director of Greenwich Peninsula. “This bold 3D landscape opens up the river, brings people together, gives us art to absorb, nature to enjoy and space to escape. Most importantly, it’s a place for everyone.”
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