Access Information

Artangel’s team will do whatever is possible to meet your access and/or communication needs.

If you have special access requirements, or we have left any information out of this statement, please call us on +44 (0)20 7713 1400 or email us at and we will do our best to accommodate you.


30 September – 21 November 2021

Opening Times

Tuesday – Sunday: 18:30* – 21:30

*Session times vary based on sunset.


Standard: £7.50

Concession: £5

Access via timed sessions only. Advance booking is required.



Sonic Ray is located across two separate locations:

  1. Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse, 64 Orchard Place, Poplar, London, E14 0JW, United Kingdom
  2. Slice of Reality, Olympian Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 0DY, United Kingdom

Access for visitors is via an advance booking system with limited capacity allocated per timed slot. Visitors are required to book a timed slot and select to begin at one of the two locations. Visitors will visit the first location, before travelling as a group via a chartered riverboat and a short walk, to the second location.

The duration is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Tickets include an optional return on the riverboat to your starting location.

Access and Movement 

There is a 100 metre walk between Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse and Trinity Buoy Wharf Pier. Assistance is available to help embarking and disembarking the riverboat. Sheltered seating is available onboard the riverboat, however, access is via stairs into the cabin. The boat trip across the Thames River takes approximately four minutes. The walk between North Greenwich Pier and Slice of Reality, along the Thames Path is 800 metre (approximately a 10-minute walk).


  • Prams when folded can be taken on board the boat 

Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse

  • Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse is a historic building dating from 1864.
  • Wheelchair access is limited to external areas.
  • There is 1 step in the entrance door. 
  • Access to the Lantern Room is via a narrow curved staircase with a handrail on one side.
    • There are 27 steps from the ground floor to the first floor.
    • There are 33 steps from the first floor to the second-floor lantern room.

Slice of Reality

  • Slice of Reality is a sculpture constructed from a section through a ship, as such, it has narrow passageways, door thresholds and access between levels is via steep stairs (ladders).
  • Wheelchair access is limited to the adjacent Thames Path.
  • Access onboard is via a gangway.
  • There are eight steps up to a platform, and one step onto the narrow gangway. The steps and gangway have handrails on both sides.
  • There is a door threshold and one step to enter the main cabin.
  • Access to the Wheelhouse on the upper deck, where the main installation is located, is via a steep stair with 10 treads and a handrail on one side.
  • Access to the Drawing Room in the lower deck is via a steep stair (ladder) with 10 treads and a handrail on one side, an open mesh walkway, and two-door thresholds.

Artangel’s team will do whatever is possible to meet your access and/or communication needs when visiting. Please call us on our office number in advance, lines open Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 18:00, on +44 (0)20 7713 1400.

Getting to Trinity Buoy Wharf

By Train

DLR train to East India.

Do not take the bridge across the road to the offices. Take the stairwell nearest the riverside and turn right (east) along the main road, Aspen Way. This will take you up to a roundabout. Go around this, keeping the river to your right, and down the sliproad to Orchard Place.

By Tube

The closest underground station is Canning Town, Jubilee Line, followed by a 12-minute walk.

Just after the ticket machines, take the left exit from the station up the stairs towards Bow Creek/City Island. Outside the station cross the red pedestrian bridge and walk through City Island until you get to a cab tree sculpture. Keep left and follow the blue signs for Trinity Buoy Wharf.

By Bus

D3 bus to Leamouth / Orchard Place.

By Boat

You can take a boat from the center of London to the North Greenwich Pier, which is on the opposite bank from the Lighthouse. From there, take a Jubilee Line train to Canning Town. One stop on the DLR takes you to East India.

For schedules and information visit Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ website

Bicycle Parking

There are bike stands available at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The nearest SantanderCycles docking station is at East India DLR.

Getting to Slice of Reality

By Tube

The closest underground station is North Greenwich, Jubilee Line, followed by a 10-minute walk.

Up the escalator take the exit towards the O2 and walk down Waterview Drive towards the Thames to meet Olympia Way. Follow the river path East past the Intercontinental Hotel.

By Bus

The following buses stop at North Greenwich bus terminal: 129, 132, 161, 188,422, 472 or 486.

Visitors can get the 188 bus (24 hour) direct to/from Central London via Waterloo.

By Boat

You can take a boat from the center of London to the North Greenwich Pier, and walk 15minutes along the riverbank on your right. For schedules and information visit Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ website

Car parking

There are a few 'park and display' parking options in the vicinity:

Bicycle Parking

There are bike stands available adjacent to North Greenwich Station.

There are no Santander Cycles docking stations in the immediate vicinity – please check the TFL website to find out more.

Assistance Animals

Assistance animals can be accommodated within the exhibition space. Please call us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.


There are no public toilets available at Slice of Reality.

Public toilets including disabled access toilets and baby change facilities are available on request at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Fire Safety

An evacuation plan for both sites is provided. Should it become necessary to evacuate either of the sites, Artangel staff will provide assisted escape from all areas and alert the emergency services.

Mobility impaired visitors should ensure that they visit with an accompanying person to assist them in the event of an evacuation.

COVID-19 Statement

Artangel is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors and staff.

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have put the following safety measures in place which will allow us to provide a safe environment for all our visitors and staff.

  • We will be operating a timed booking system to ensure we control capacity and maintain safe visitor numbers. Visitor capacity has been based on the1-metre Plus social distancing guidelines.
  • In line with government regulations, it is mandatory for all visitors to wear face coverings while inside both locations and while onboard the riverboat.
  • Hand sanitisers will be available at the entrance and exit to each site and on board the riverboat.
  • All staff on site will be wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including face coverings and/or visors.
  • High touch surfaces will be routinely cleaned between each session.
  • If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit, and follow government advice. In the event you are unable to attend your timed booking for COVID-19 related reasons please contact Artangel and we will be happy to reschedule or refund your booking.