London Guide: Ten Things To See At Trinity Buoy Wharf. My favourite place to visit in the whole of London just has to be Trinity Buoy Wharf in London E14. It’s a raw, industrial and inspiring part of East London located on the Leamouth Peninsula. This is at the point where the River Thames meets Bow Creek. You have the 02 Arena directly opposite which provides a stunning backdrop to this amazing Arts Quarter. Historically, the Wharf made marks and signs for the sea, today it’s awash with sculptures and shipping container offices. There are new apartments being built nearby, making this is a hot area to explore. Read my Ten Things To See At Trinity Buoy Wharf List to find out what’s there.
Sculptures by Anya Beaumont
Ten Things To See At Trinity Buoy Wharf List
10 Things To See At Trinity Buoy Wharf List:
1. London’s only Lighthouse with the Longplayer Tibetan singing bowls installation inside
2. Bright red Lightship which is a state-of-the-art recording studio
3. The Faraday Effect tiny museum situated inside a wooden hut
4. Alunatime mood and tide clock
5. Floodtide machine which converts tidal movements into sounds
6. Eccentric Fish Out of Water metal sculpture
7. Black cab sculpture with a tree sprouting out of the roof
8. Collection of street art red plastic mushrooms
9. Large Lightbulb on top of a shipping container
10. An audio experience phone booth installation
Ten Things To See At Trinity Buoy Wharf Details
1. Lighthouse: Because Trinity Buoy Wharf is positioned where the River Thames meets Bow Creek on the Leamouth Peninsula, the lighthouse was built. Today, the lamp room houses an art installation called the Longplayer which uses sounds of Tibetan singing bowls to ‘take you on an atmospheric journey into time and space.’ It is a one thousand yearlong music composition! You can experience this at the weekends from 11am until 4pm October to March and until 5pm from April until September.
Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse
2. Lightship 95: You can’t miss the bright red painted Lightship which is permanently moored at Trinity Buoy Wharf. This 75-year-old vessel was transformed into a state-of-the-art recording studio with excellent acoustics and plenty of space to keep the band and entourage content. The client list includes Bastille to Skepta and Lana Del Ray.
Lightship 95 Recording Studio
3. The Faraday Effect: This tiny museum situated inside a little wooden hut document the life of Michael Faraday. He was the Scientific Advisor at Trinity House. This installation was created by Fourth Wall Creations.
The Faraday Effect by Fourth Wall Creations
4. Alunatime: See London’s first moon and tide clock. It shows the lunar phase, lunar day and tide cycles. It was created by Laura Williams and has been situated on the South East Corner of Trinity Buoy Wharf since 2010.
Alunatime by Laura Williams
5. Floodtide: Tidal sonification created from metal which makes music form the River Thames tide. A sensor has been put under water which reads data from the flow of the tide which is then converted to notation and played via a listening post. This was a joint venture by sculptor Andrew Baldwin with music by John Eacott.
Floodtide by Andrew Baldwin and John Eacott
6. Fish Out of Water: Andrew Baldwin who is a master blacksmith and welder has created a number of intriguing metal sculptures which you will come across dotted around Trinity Buoy Wharf. One of my favourites is the fish on a bike.
Fish Out of Water by Andrew Baldwin
7. Cab Tree: This black cab with a tree sprouting out of the top used to be on the small roundabout as you approached Trinity Buoy Wharf. It is now on top of The Orchid Café. Andrew Baldwin created this piece of art.
Cab Tree by Andrew Baldwin
8. Mushrooms: Christiann Nagel is a street artist famous for his colourful mushrooms created from polyurethane. You will notice a series of red mushrooms standing on top of a houseboat roof.
Mushrooms by Christiann Nagel
9. Lightbulb: This giant lightbulb stands the roof of a shipping container. It has been designed by Claire Morgan who is known for her fragile hanging installations.
Lightbulb by Claire Morgan
10. RioFoneHack Experience: As you walk past this booth, the phone rings, then you get to enjoy an audio experience which mixes meditation with an exploration of memory and distance. This was created by ZU:UK who are known for participatory theatre and performance art.
RioFoneHack by ZU:UK
Ten Things To See At Trinity Buoy Wharf Information
To find out more information about this amazing area go to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Website. The address is 64 Orchard Place, Poplar, London E14 0JW. The nearest station is Canning Town and it’s a short walk from there.
Statues Holding Up Stairs
There is much more to see than the ten items I’ve listed. When you wander around the Wharf make sure you take time to check out anything which looks interesting. You might want to read the first Trinity Buoy Wharf post I wrote about this area back in 2017 which has similar content. I felt compelled to write a new piece because I took some new photographs and just love the area. Enjoy your visit. I’ve posted a series of pictures to my Love Trinity Buoy Wharf Pinterest Board and Love Isle of Dogs Pinterest Board which you might want to look at.
Shipping Container Offices
There are a few other things to do nearby – City Island, East India Dock Basin, Canary Wharf and Mudchute Park. Read my City Island to Mudchute Park London E14 Walk article which will take you to see all these attractions. Enjoy your visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf, I hope you’ll love this place as much as I do.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.