Hello, you know sometimes I feel as though I’m on holiday in London – there is so much to see, exciting things to do, and even when it’s pouring with rain or snowing or well whatever the weather decides to be, I know I’m somewhere special.
Last weekend, I stopped by Cutty Sark Tube station at Royal Borough of Greenwich London, mainly to visit a friend who promised to show me around the area whilst the sun was shining. It feels like spring before the storm hits but that’s another story altogether. And today, I thought I’d share with you the sights she showed me.
And here are GREAT things to do in Greenwich London:
1. Climb on board The Cutty Sark in Greenwich London
Ahoy me matey! Around the corner from Cutty Sark tube is this magnificent tall ship. I don’t about you, but when I see a ship like this, I have this urge to speak pirate! Actually, this ship was built as a tea ‘clipper’ but was also used as a general cargo ship but it definitely can’t hurt to pretend right? The Cutty Sark is a fun exhibition for all ages and you can have afternoon tea under the hull in the ‘Even Keel’ cafe.
Note: They are open from 10am to 5pm and you can get tickets online or upon arrival and you can get a combination tickets with the observatory if you are visiting there as well. and It’s wheelchair accessible.
2. Royal Observatory Greenwich
If you are fascinated by history, astronomy, and stand on the line between the Eastern and Western hemisphere, then this is definitely a must visit location. The building is located on top of a hill at the Royal Greenwich park and gives stunning views from the top.
While you are here, you can see the Great Equatorial Telescope , the largest historical telescope in the UK and 7th in the world and it is free to view. Also come check out the Dolphin Sun Dial and the Shepherd Gate Clock located on the wall outside of the gate and this was the first clock to show the Greenwich Mean time to the public!
Note: They are open from 10am to 5.30pm and you can purchase a ticket that combines with the Cutty Shark if you are planning to do both.
3. Browse around Greenwich Market
Stroll down a couple of streets and you’ll find the Greenwich market. I love markets and Greenwich market did not disappoint. It has amazing street food from vegan to juices to Thai and Japanese!
And this cute art corner with an amazing pink van! or take a walk through windy alleyways and explore all the boutique stores.
4. Wander around the Old Royal Naval College and the Painted Hall
Take a walk around the grounds of the University, I can imagine how even more beautiful it might be during summer when the flowers are out. If you are lucky you can sometimes listen to the students practice their classical music. You head in and marvel at the beautiful ceiling painting in the Painted hall inside. The painting is believed to be the largest painting in Europe.
Note: The Painted hall is open from 10am to 5pm, you can book in advance on their website or upon arrival.
5. Visit The National Maritime Museum
I was told this is largest museum of its kind in the world. Other than learning about Maritime and UK maritime history, they have galleries of paintings, and portraits in particular, by world renowned artists.
6. Greenwich Meridian Line
The last time I visited here was pre-teen with my parents learning about the Greenwich Mean time. Get a picture as you stand astride the line on the land that marks the world-famous Greenwich Meridian Line, which represents the Prime Meridian of the World – Longitude 0º. It’s rude not to.
7. Greenwich Park
If you visit Greenwich, you have to visit its park, it has beautiful gardens, rich history and beautiful views especially if you hike up to the Royal Observatory.
There’s many different sections to the park, you can visit the Rose Garden on the Eastern Side – great during June and July. The Flower Garden on the South Eastern side of the park is lovely as well and a great spot to view the deer park and the lake.
And during spring to Autumn time, you can take a boat out on the lake which is a great way to spend an afternoon, relax and maybe some exercise.
EXTRA THINGS TO DO IN GREENWICH LONDON:
8. Walkabout the shops and pretty pubs
There are little alleyways, pubs, and restaurants along the main street, and we came across a vintage market literally few doors down from Greenwich market!
We tried this amazing tapas place near Greenwich market called San Miguel. Just couldn’t resist the beautiful interior and authentic food.
9. The O2
Take the tube/DLR and few stops away at North Greenwich, you will arrive at the O2 arena. This place is huge! Lots of restaurants, bars, cinema, and an arena obviously. And for you adventure seeking lot – you can take a tour walk on top of the arena! I can only imagine the view. While you are here, you can also take the Emirates cable car ride. It’s quite romantic if I say so myself.
Greenwich London is looking pretty magical now. So do pop over and why not do some exploring yourself…
And don’t forget to say hello from me and do speak a bit of pirate at Cutty Sark.
What are your favorite things to do in Greenwich?