Three Mills Green
There have been mills here since Saxon times, so it’s fitting that the world’s largest surviving tidal mill is at Three Mills Island. The 18th century House Mill is Grade I listed and you can join a guided tour on Sundays, or at other times by appointment. You’ll also find the Grade II listed Clock Mill, which is now part of 3 Mills Film Studio, and the reconstructed Miller’s House.
Soak up the wonderful green spaces and catch up with some friends with a cup of coffee from the café. The little ones will have loads to explore in the Wild Kingdom with its carefully placed fallen trees, nets, ropes and giant tree stumps that will let their imaginations roam free.
You can also see some wonderful art in and around Three Mills Green, thanks to The Line, London’s first dedicated public art walk which follows the Greenwich Meridian from The O2 to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Take a look at works by Madge Gill and Thomas J Price along with the most recent addition A Moment Without You by the acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin – her only public sculpture currently in London. It features five bronze birds perched above head height resting in sight of this historic spot.
The House Mill
The Line is a free public art trail in East London that connects Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the waterways and the line of the Greenwich Meridian. Its outdoor exhibition programme offers a journey through a dynamic urban landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free. Featured artists include Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Larry Achiampong and Madge Gill. Allow four hours to complete the entire route or visit different sections across different days – the changing seasons and tides mean no two visits are the same.
The route of The Line passes by some of East London’s historic and architectural sights, including The House Mill at Three Mills Island, Cody Dock and the Royal Docks. Hear directly from the artists talking about their works; discover facts about the local wildlife and heritage; and enjoy mindfulness exercises – all on our digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app.