DLR Discovery: Explore East London

Looking for fun things to do with your family this summer? Want to try something different at the weekend? 👍

For a limited time, the DLR offers you the chance to go on a special service to learn about the hidden gems 💎 located on its route across East London.

On the DLR Discovery 🚆, you’ll have a dedicated tour guide bringing the route between Tower Gateway and Cutty Sark to life. This special non-stopping service also includes a 30-minute walking tour of Greenwich.


Top sights to see

1. Tower Bridge and The Tower of London
DLR station: Tower Gateway

Step inside Tower Bridge and watch it lift to let big ships through 🚢. Or, explore The Tower of London – the royal castle 🏰 steeped in history. You could even catch a River Bus from Tower Pier.

2. Wilton’s Music Hall
DLR stations: Tower Gateway or Shadwell

Wilton’s Music Hall is a hidden gem in the heart of London. The oldest grand music hall 🎵 in the world has a programme of live music, productions and community activities.

3. Historic Shadwell and Limehouse
DLR stations: Tower Gateway, Shadwell or Limehouse

Discover London’s original docks – fabulous river views and streets packed with history, including the Battle of Cable Street.

Photo credit: Darren Wilkin

4. Museum of London Docklands
DLR station: West India Quay

Uncover the history of London’s River Thames and the growth of Docklands through fantastic exhibitions and summer ☀ events at the Museum of London Docklands.

5. Billingsgate Fish Market
DLR stations: Poplar, Canary Wharf or Blackwall

Start your day in Docklands with an early visit to the famous Billingsgate Fish Market 🐟 and grab your breakfast at the market cafes. Children aged 12 and over can go into the Market.

6. Explore Crossrail Place
DLR station: Canary Wharf

Visit the amazing roof garden and sample the restaurants 😋, shops and cinema at Crossrail Place ahead of the start of Elizabeth line services in December 2018.

7. Visit amazing Greenwich and Cutty Sark
DLR station: Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich)

Check out the National Maritime Museum,The Queen’s House, and Greenwich Park. Get on board on one of the world’s biggest and best museums on seagoing life, marvel at great art from 400 years ago, and enjoy some of the best views in London. All for free! 👏

Discover the Cutty Sark, the fastest and greatest ship of her time, and visit the Royal Observatory, where East meets West on the Prime Meridian.

8. Visit the jungle at the Greenwich Theatre
DLR station: Cutty Sark or Greenwich

As a special treat for DLR Discovery customers, Greenwich Theatre is offering 25% off adult tickets to see The Jungle Book* between 15 – 26 August. 😊

This perfect summer treat for all the family brings Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale to the stage with thrilling percussion, vibrant puppetry and Kipling’s unforgettable, larger-than-life characters.

*Terms and conditions apply. Book online using promo code jungle5, or quote your code at the box office. The Jungle Book ticket discount is subject to availability and applies to adult tickets only. All tickets include a £1 per ticket transaction fee.

Your ticket
The DLR Discovery runs Saturdays and Sundays from 4 August to 9 September 2018, 10:00 to 17:00.

Your ticket price includes a return on the normal service so why not make a day of it and visit more exciting places on the way back?


  • Children (age 5 – 12): £4
  • Adults: £8
  • Family rate (2 adults, 2 children): £22
  • Group rate (4+ adults): £7 per person

Book your ticket

Start your adventure
Go and discover London off-peak this summer.




  1. Great trip yesterday on the DLR Disocvery 3pm slot. Mark as guide, Bianca as “driver” and all the other brilliant helpers. Totally enjoyable trip. Well done DLR!

  2. Guys, many thanks for an excellent trip. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone and my kids 17, 14 and 12 loved it.

    The goody bags went down a treat with the kids although I had to make them put the puzzles away for the trip.

    The guide was brilliant and we all came away with a lot of new takeaway facts ….. especially the origin of the “Whopper”

    The most impressive bit though was the organisation and the staff. It was so well done. Thank you.

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