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Greenwich Things to Do

  • Old Royal Naval College and Hospital

    The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) building is a beautiful masterpiece of the noted Sir Christopher Wren, who was in charge of rebuilding the City of London churches, including St. Paul´s Cathedral, after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The Old Royal Naval College has got twin domes and is very majestic, both on the outside and on the inside....

  • Royal Observatory

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Royal Observatory was founded by Charles II in 1675. It's the basis of the Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line. GMT and accurate time keeping at sea are necessary to be able to find one's position at open sea. It lasted till 1770 until clockmaker John Harrison made his Marine timekeeper H4 model. This instrument proved to be the...

  • Cutty Sark

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    What can I say about Cutty Sark other than it is awesome visiting it - it is a beautiful ship. And walking by the berth of the ship and standing under it is out of this world. A highly recommended visit. Cutty Sark is a 93 tons British Clipper ship and a part of the National Historic Fleet. It sailed across the world and visited every major port...

  • National Maritime Museum

    There are beautiful stained glass windows on the 1st floor of the Maritime Museum. These stained glass windows come from the Baltic Exchange building, which was bombed in the IRA bombing in 1992. Three people died in the terrorist attack. At the Baltic Exchange there was a memorial dome (half a dome), constructed in commemoration of the 60 Baltic...

  • Queen's House

    The beautiful Queen´s House is England´s first classical building dating back to 1683. The Queen's House at Greenwich was given to Queen Anne of Denmark. Queen Anne was the wife of James I, who reigned from 1603-1625. This was at the time when the Tudor Palace was located at Greenwich (now ruins beneath the ORNC). There is a story behind why the...

  • Greenwich Royal Park

    The statue is perched on top of a hill at Greenwich Park. Major General James Wolfe (1727-59) served in the British army. The officer was well known for defeating the French at the Battle of Quebec in 1759 and also known for his training reforms. He died in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham due to being seriously injured. Since his death he was...

  • Greenwich Foot Tunnel

    This tunnel links Greenwich with Island Gardens on the north side of the Thames and was opened in 1902 to enable workers living south of the river to easily reach their employment in the docks and shipyards on the other side of the river. Easily recognised by the attractive domes on each side of the river this cast-iron tunnel itself is 370.2 m...

  • Greenwich Market

    I have visited this market 3 times - twice there was a normal market and once there was an antique market. When I visited the Greenwich Market with Fergy there was an antique market. I love antique and Fergy loves medals, so we spent quite some time at the market. The Greenwich Market was established in 1737 and is London´s only market, which is...

  • Prime Meridian

    I think the 1st thing that 99% of visitors to Greenwich do is hike up the hill and head to the Royal Observatory and stand with a foot on either side of the Prime Meridian of the world, Longitude Zero (0° 0' 0"), one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one foot in the western hemisphere. When we visited in January 2008, there were hardly any people...


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Greenwich Restaurants

  • Goddards Pie and Mash shop - old and new...

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Goddards at Greenwich is a traditional pie mash and liquor restaurant. This really is traditional food as the family recipes go back to 1890 and pie mash is known for over 200 years. Business hours: Mo-Th: 10AM - 7PM Fr-Sa: 10AM - 8PM Su: 10AM - 7:30PM

  • Byron, Greenwich

    I love Bryon for its burgers and always will make a habit of visiting one whenever I see one. Greenwich is no exception and I took the opportunity to have my dinner there. The modern restaurant has roof top dining so I sat there admiring the riverside views in the sunshine (and refreshing breeze from the river). It was nice to conclude my brief...

  • Kings Arms pub

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Kings Arms is a pub of the T&J Bernard chain. The pub is used to serve the many tourists that visit the area around. There is a small garden terrace in the back. Business hours: Daily: 11AM - 10PM I had a great lunch here; see the photo's.

  • The Greenwich Union pub

    This pub serves a variety of beer from Bavarian wheat beer to a Vienna style larger. The beer is from the meantime brewing house and they even have fruit beers. They sell food here and have a lovely beer garden out back, as you can see from the picture its a little sun trap. It is also a bit off the beaten track so well done film (Paul) for his...

  • Regatta Cafe - now rebranded

    The Regatta Cafe is open from 10.00 to 16.30 with sandwiches and hot and cold meals, snacks and beverages. Both the Regatta Cafe and the other place to eat in the museum the Upper Deck Coffee Bar are operated by Milburns. I had 1/2 roast chicken, squash to drink and a peach thing for dessert. Bob had a sandwich, Sprite/lemonade, and rice pudding...

  • Pavilion Tea House, Greenwich Royal Park

    If you're tired from your exertions walking around Greenwich Park or visiting the Observatory, this is a pleasant place to stop off and revive yourself. Although the photo shows it "dressed up" in it's winter attire, it gets very busy in the summer, when the outside seating makes for an extremely picturesque spot in which to enjoy a drink or light...


Greenwich Nightlife

  • Comedy at Greenwich

    Up the Creek Comedy Club was founded by Malcolm Hardee, veteran of the first Soho Comedy Store. UK's finest comediands have performed here. Apart from the scheduled shows the place is for hire for private parties.

  • Top movies

    Cineworld at the O2 Dome is a 11 screen multiplex cinema. The main auditorium seats up to 770 movie fans and has the biggest screen in London.

  • Kiss Me Hardy!

    This is a cool old pub located right at the gates of the Naval College. It is adjacent to the Greenwich Marketplace so it is a good place to wash down a few pints after twisting and turning through the maze of stalls and vendors. It has a high ceilinged and more open floor plan than most pubs. It has a couple of good sized sofas that we comandeered...


Greenwich Transportation

  • Thameslink DaySave

    This is a ticket that offers unlimited travel on Goviva Thameslink train services between Brighton and Bedford including the Wimbledon / Sutton loop - this ticket is only available at several Tourist Information Centres (TIC) in the London area and Greenwich is one of these. However purchasers should note that FCC trains do not serve Greenwich -...

  • Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich...

    The Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich station is at the heart of Greenwich.The station is served by the Docklands Light Rail (DLR).The station opened in 1999 and is one of 3 complete underground railway stations on the line.The Bank tube station is the final destination of the DLR from Greenwich.Real time PubliC Transportation info on the Greenwich...

  • Greenwich foot tunnel

    You can walk to Greenwich from the other side of the river using the Greenwich foot tunnel.The tunnel opened in 1902, replacing a ferry connection from the Docklands.At the start only stairs were available, but not much later lifts were added to reach the tunnel 15 meters lower.The tunnel is part of the UK's National Cycle Route 1, that runs from...


Greenwich Shopping

  • For ship lovers

    Nauticalia has a blue appearance, logical for a shop that sells nautical items and gifts.Business hours:Daily: 10AM - 6PM The perfect Greenwich souvenir.

  • Lots of food

    The first time I saw the Greenwich Market it still was a street market and was looking attractive. When I returned in 2014 to actual visit the market, it was moved a bit (still in the heart of town).I found the passages small and easily overcrowded (on a sunny day). The food court was great; even with a lot of people around. The food certainly was...

  • Records and Vintage

    Casbah Records is a shop full of collectable records and other vintage stuff.It's like going back to the Fifties and Sixties.Shop Hours:Mo: 11:30AM - 6PMTu-Fr: 10:30AM - 6PMSa-Su: 10:30AM - 6:30PM Records


Greenwich Local Customs

  • A Brit is to blame for daylight savings...

    I always thought that one of my own countrymen was to blame for daylight savings time, the twice a year ritual that has us all scrambling to reset all of our clocks on our VCRs, ovens, microwaves, clock radios, etc, etc, etc. Although Benjamin Franklin had the first thought of getting up earlier in the summer, it's a Brit we have to blame for our...

  • Zeppeling flight

    A Zeppelin!!!Ok I must admitt it was just a temporary occasion and only meant for 12 passengers and 2 crewmembers on its 2-days flight over London.On Sunday and Monday a German-built Zeppelin, baptized NT Youkosu Japan was making its inauguration flight above London and Greenwich where it crossed the Greenwich meridian .It is on its way on a 10 000...

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Greenwich Warnings and Dangers

  • Steep hill to the Observatory

    There is a very steep hill to walk up through Greenwich Park to the Observatory. For anyone with walking difficulties this could prove difficult and the Observatory and the view from the top of the hill is a Greenwich must see.However there is a very easy way by using public transport to get to the top of the hill.Take the DLR from either Cutty...

  • Traffic rules goes for every one!

    In front of the gate of Greenwich park no parking is allowed, not even for an icecream seller!The police (woman) told him friendly but firm to move his van and leave.Too late for me to run after it for an ice! `-)

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Greenwich Off The Beaten Path

  • More to it than meets the eye.

    This tip refers to Maryon Park (not to be confused with nearby Maryon Wilson Park) which is bounded by the A206 Woolwich Road, Charlton Lane, Maryon Road and Thorntree Road in Charlton SE7.The park boasts tennis courts, a basketball court and a kids playground for all ages not to mention allotments that local volunteers fashioned out of some waste...

  • Blackheath

    If you walk up through Greenwich Park and past the Observatory and then keep walking eventually out of the park and across the heath in front of you and towards the church in the distance you will come to Blackheath,You could of course take a 386 bus from Greenwich as we did to save the climb and perhaps walk back.Blackheath is a traditional...

  • To the Tower with You

    It is very easy to take a tour boat from Greenwich to the Tower of London, which is what we did. And then you can get a bus or the tube from there pretty easily.This is definitely something on most people's list of things to do. I've been in the past, and so has Bob, so we didn't go again on the 2002 trip, but I did take my grandson in 2007. We...


Greenwich Favorites


    The Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre is located in one of the buildings of the Old Navy College at:Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens - Greenwich, London, SE10 9LW.Open: Daily: 10AM - 5PM.

  • Enjoy the views

    As well as enjoying all that the Observatory has to offer, a climb up the hill in Greenwich Park is rewarded with some wonderful views as you can see. The elegant buildings of the Old Naval College, the Queen’s House and the Maritime Museum lie at the foot of the hill. The Thames flows beyond, with lots of river traffic coming and going. And on the...

  • The first marine chronometer

    'In 1730 John Harrison, a self-educated English clockmaker, created a description and drawings for a proposed marine clock to compete for the Longitude Prize. It took Harrison five years to build Harrison Number One or H1. In 1741, after three years of building and two of on-land testing, H2 was ready.Harrison spent seventeen years working on this...


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