This is a sponsored article on behalf of London City Airport.
Beyond Zone 1 launches today — our brand new video series, commissioned by London City Airport.
London City Airport is encouraging its visitors to venture away from central London and explore East London’s cultural hotspots.
The series showcases the best of the six London boroughs on the doorstep of the airport. Part one focusses on the borough of Greenwich — charting alternative places to visit in the Royal Borough, such as Severndroog Castle, the Fan Museum and NOW Gallery.
The series also shines 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 Street Feast Woolwich, the hip indoor food and drink market that opened in 2018.
Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Havering, and Waltham Forest — which is 2019’s London Borough of Culture — are the other boroughs we'll be covering.
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 Londonist.com 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 7 January.
The airport is also undergoing a £500 million transformation over the next four years; quadrupling the size of the terminal facilities, adding eight 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, published in February, focusses on Newham.