After moving South of the river last year I’ve been able to discover areas of London I never visited as often and one of those is Greenwich. It’s such an inspiring area, so I thought I would do a round-up of some of the best things you can do in Greenwich.
The Cutty Sark was built in Dumbarton in 1869, but it now takes residence in Greenwich and you really can’t miss it. Climb abroad and discover the ships history as you take on a view from the deck, explore the museum or have a spot of afternoon tea in the cafe.
SLICES OF TIME
Slices of Time is an exhibition currently running at the Now Gallery opposite the O2 arena. This colourful art exhibition by Emmanuelle Moureaux is inspired by the galleries location on the Greenwich Peninsula near the Meridian and marks time using cut out numbers in 100 shades of colours and white and expresses the flow of time. Reflecting the past and future, visitors can admire the floating display as well as leave their own mark on the window wall, where the timeline depicts each visitors own special date. The exhibition is free and runs until 19th April. Check it out in motion over on my Instagram.
Greenwich market has food to fashion and art to antiques as well as everything you would expect from this historic setting. Open every day of the week there are always lots of new foods to try, some of my favourites include the dutch pancakes truck and the American candy shop. But expect Brazilian churros, ice cream, dim sum and more!
Learn all about Greenwich’s history with the sea at this free to visit museum. Discover some of the oldest maritime art, manuscripts including official public records, ship models and plans and a series of exhibitions, currently running is Tudor and Stuart Seafarers and the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition.
ICON OUTLET VILLAGE
The O2 arena isn’t just a music and events venue, up the escalators you’ll find the Icon Outlet shopping village. This mall is huge and has stores like Aspinal of London, Ted Baker, Yankee Candle, GANT, Nike, Adidas and all at discounted prices. If you love your Instagram, then you’ll also find the Selfie Factory for those colourful photos. There is plenty of food and drink inside and By Chloe the vegan cafe is worth checking out, if not just for the arcade machines.
LUNCH AT THE TRAFALGAR
Trafalgar Tavern is your riverside pub in Greenwich, the perfect spot for fish and chips and if visiting on a Sunday make it the roast lunch. This pub has a Victorian exterior and a cobbled outdoor drinking area, perfect to look out over the river with drinks or enjoy the view from the large floor to ceiling windows inside.
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is something you have just have to see if in Greenwich. The hall has restored British artist Sir James Thornhill 40,000 square feet painting back to its former glory. The hall dates all the way back to 1707 and has some really interesting history behind it which can you learn through the audio guide, as well as the history of the Naval College if you take a tour. Well worth a visit.
Alongside the Cutty Sark and Maritime Museum is the Royal Observatory which is also part of the Royal Museums Greenwich. Here you will find the Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and you can stand on the all important Meridian line, explore London’s Planetarium and discover the view over Greenwich from the top of the hill, it’s worth the climb!
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