The DLR concourse here is a whopping 41.4 metres below street level.
A short walk from Tower Gateway is the Tower Hill Sundial. It tells the story of London from AD 43, through to the early 1980s. Squint for long enough, and you'll find a miniature Margaret Thatcher, complete with handbag. She's wedged in between depictions of the Peasants' Revolt and the Black Death. Make of that what you will.
This was the site of the infamous Ratcliffe Highway murders in 1811 — which saw the death of seven victims, within a half-mile vicinity, within 12 days.
When filming scenes from Call the Midwife in the churchyard of St Anne's Limehouse, the cast and crew kept being interrupted by rowdy local drinkers. One crew member had an idea: they bought boxes off beer from a nearby offie and lured the drinkers out to neighboring grasslands, using the beer as bait.
Need to get your Beetle seen to? Beneath Westferry station, there's an arch where you'll find a garage specialising in Volkswagens.
The Lansbury Estate in Poplar is named after the former Labour Party leader George Lansbury. His granddaughter was a certain Angela Lansbury. She revisited Poplar in 2014, to curate a film festival.
West India Quay
Home to (as far as we know) London's only floating church. So everyone in the congregation is technically walking on water.
Canary Wharf's One Canada Square has no rentable space on the 13th floor... superstitious or what?
On 27 June 1982 Brymon Captain Harry Gee landed a de Havilland Canada Dash 7 aircraft on a small runway at Heron Quays — proving that a docklands airport was indeed viable. Fast forward five years, and London City Airport was operating its first flights.
This is the local station for the University of Sunderland (in London).
Crossharbour's local pub is called Pepper Saint Ontiod. The name doesn't commemorate a spicy saint; instead it's a convoluted code: Ontiod stands for 'on the Isle of Dogs'. Pepper Saint, stands for Pepper St (or street), the road on which the pub stands. Whoever came up with this had clearly had a few.
Dotted around Mudchute farm, you'll find some strange looking concrete livestock pens. Their initial purpose was as pits for second world war anti-aircraft guns. A restored 'ack ack' gun can now be seen on the farm.
A ferry between Greenwich and what is now Island Gardens existed for over 400 years — among its regulars, the diarist Samuel Pepys. When the Greenwich foot tunnel was opened in 1902, the ferry went under. Not literally.
Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
... is the longest name for a London station.
Outside Greenwich's National Maritime you'll find a bus stop labelled 'National Wartime Museum', There is no such place — not in London, at least.
On 19 January 1877, Tanners Hill, near Deptford Bridge was the setting for a strange case of mistaken identity. As the Kent & Sussex Courier reports, at the wake of one Mary Scott, her daughters realised that the body in front of them was not that of their mother. Taking the body back to the Greenwich Union Workhouse, the daughters were provided with a second body... which looked even less like their mother. Soon after, it was found that Mary Scott was live and well. She has since, we presume, died.
In 2014, Elverson Road was in the news for all the wrong reasons, when this bedroom — almost exactly the size of a single bed — was offered up for £74 a week to one lucky tenant.
...has the coolest McDonald's in the world.
One of the beadles' staffs — apparently once used to keep children in order at All Saints Church (which gives the station its name) — is now on display in the church.
Langdon Park DLR station is something of an art gallery in its own right; look out for polished stainless steel sculptures on the platforms (one with 'whoosh' written on it); text scrawled on the station canopy; and drawing that's part of the entrance's paving. It's all the handiwork of artist Kate Davis.
The Widow's Son pub, next to Devons Road station, is home to one of London's stranger yearly traditions — the ceremonial placing of a hot cross bun in a net above the bar.
The church itself is home to a rather infamous statue of William Gladstone. His hands are often daubed in red paint; it's a tribute to when match girls from the Bryant and May factory allegedly cut themselves and bled over the statue, in protest against it being paid for out of their wages.
Pudding Mill Lane
There is a Pudding Mill River.
...hardly has an original name. There are two in Suffolk, three in Hampshire, four in Buckinghamshire and 12 in the USA. To mention a few.
No international trains stop at Stratford International.
Stratford High Street
The local station of the John F Kennedy School, originally opened as the John F Kennedy Centre in 1964, following the president's assassination the previous year.
Disappointed Beatles fans often rock up at this Abbey Road, rather than its NW8 namesake. So much so, this sign was created:
West Ham FC played in the first ever FA Cup final to be held at Wembley. They lost 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers.
Before the Blackwall Tunnel was officially opened in 1897, a 'subaqueous luncheon' was held there, feeding 2,000 VIPs.
...was originally called Brunswick Wharf.
We struggled to come up with something for Star Lane. And then we chanced upon this advert from The Stage in 1998. Yup, an address on Star Lane once offered singing lessons for life... for a one-off fee of £9.99.
On the Buses star Veg Varney was born in Canning Town, although his biggest contribution to London was opening the world's first cash machine in Enfield.
Silvertown gets its name from a huge rubber factory that once stood here, owned by Samuel Winkworth Silver.
Gets its name from the pontoons used to lift boats out of the water, so they could be repaired.
London City Airport
The airport created what must be one of the (unintentionally) funniest marketing videos of all time.
King George V
...is not the most famous London station named after a King George, although you may not know it. King's Cross station gets its name from a short lived monument to George IV.
The 16 cast iron figures that stand mournfully by the water at Woolwich Arsenal, are not — as many suppose — by Antony Gormley, but by Peter Burke.
People swim in the docks here all year round. Like we once did.
Custom House for ExCeL
...is the only London station that includes a brand name.
As we've covered earlier on, King's Cross is named indirectly after George IV. Well, this station is named directly after him — Prince Regent was his title before he came king. Take that, Victoria.
Home to the London Regatta Centre — look out for dragon boats on the water here.
A short walk from this station you'll come to a road called Savage Gardens. There's another road of the same name, close to Tower Hill. Neither give their name to the pop duo Savage Garden, who were inspired by a best-selling vampire novel. And we're OK with that.
It's named after the nearby Cyprus Estate, itself named to mark the British Empire's acquisition of Cyprus in 1878. Which now seems a bit cringeworthy.
Gallions Reach was where you would once alight to go skiing on a toxic spoil-heap.
The station, unsurprisingly, takes its name from Beckton. Beckton, more surprisingly, takes its name from Simon Beck, governor of the Gas Light and Coke Company, which opened a gas plant here in 1870.