The Lea at Hackney:
And further south, towards Canning Town:
Ah, the glint of sunlight on mud!
Should I link to that piece I wrote a year ago? - that one about what a shame it was that the Lower Lea, and most of the Bow Back Rivers, were still tidal? - when they could be all picturesque and boat-friendly instead of being mud flats? - if only they'd had the sense to build a lock down at the Thames by Trinity Buoy Wharf instead of at Three Mills?
Oh go on then.
Cody Dock's on the left here:
And here's the view the other way, south-west, with Canary Wharf hidden behind Ernő Goldfinger's Balfron Tower at Poplar:
Yes, it would look - and smell - so much better if it was like the Lea upriver in Hackney.
As it's turned out the renovation of the Lea Valley is pretty much restricted to the Olympic Park itself. This area further south remains what the Olympic Park site used to be: a post-industrial wasteland. Which is a shame.