Greenwich a famous town known for its history, markets and student life. Ten minutes on the southeastern overground from London Bridge lies this beautiful town with different attractions for every individual’s taste. Greenwich is a place with residential properties but has a place within it called Cutty Sark, where lies the main markets, restaurants, University, and views which you would go mad over, and yes, how can we forget the Greenwich Meridian time(GMT)?
How to get here
Overground Southeastern: 10 Mins from London Bridge
Tube: Get off at North Greenwich(jubilee line) and take bus 188 or 129
Boat: Take a Thames clipper from Central and get off at Cutty Sark Pier
DLR: Get off at Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Greenwich, also known as The Royal Borough of Greenwich formed in 1965. The town is primarily famous for its GMT, which coordinates all universal time. It is the only UK destination listed in the top 10 in Frommer’s. The town lies on the south bank of the River Thames.
Old Royal Naval College is one of the centrepieces of Greenwich and a world heritage site. This now belongs to the University of Greenwich but is still open for tourists to look around and walk inside the area, enjoying the city’s best views. A visitor centre at the old royal naval college is the first and best place to start the trip by knowing more about the history. One can also visit the chapel house at the sight, which dates back to the 18th century and has some of the finest architecture.
Walks and About
Greenwich Park is the main sight for walkers, photographers, and Students to hang around, so it covers the spotlight. The park is the largest single-space part in southeast London, and there is no doubt that it comes within one of the eight royal parks in London. The park does cover the sights for GMT and National Maritime Museum, which is open every day except Sundays. If you love coffee, try some at the cafe and restaurant, which is just at the top of the park next to GMT, and enjoy your favourite coffee with one of the city’s best views.
Greenwich Park was enclosed back in Roman times in 1433, so make sure you don’t miss the chance to walk around when you are next in Greenwich.
Yes, London’s only historic market within this historic town of Greenwich will take your heart away. Greenwich market is mainly indoor, with up to 120 stalls for different cuisines, food, creative jewellery, handmade clothes and knitwear, the photography section, plants much more. Surrounding the market are some famous permanent boutiques that local people own for producing handmade and different collections of different things. On a bright sunny day you will find many music lovers playing instruments and singing by the river, well isn’t it an added fun.
The market is open from 10 AM to 5 PM, Wednesday to Sunday.
Restaurants By the River
Greenwich town lies next to the river Thames, so every tourist enjoys lunch and dinner in one of the famous chain restaurants at cutty sark just next to the river. Whether it’s Nandos, Zizzi, or Byron, you can enjoy one of the restaurants with a view of the Thames and canary wharf.
Other restaurants like Pizza Express, GBK, Bianco, Cafe Rouge, Jamie’s, and Bill’s are just within the old streets and town centre at cutty sark. One can also find some local restaurants run by local people which do serve all-day breakfast and cakes and teas. If you like fish and chips, don’t forget to visit one of the town’s oldest fish and chips shops.
Photography at Greenwich
Greenwich is known as a photographer’s paradise. There is no single place you won’t want to click your pictures at. Whether it’s by the river, the canary wharf in the background or just in Greenwich Park, this place is full of different viewpoints for good pictures.
Some famous places for photography in the area are Greenwich Market, Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Cutty-sark ship, Cutty Sark town centre, National Maritime Museum, GMT, Old Royal Naval College, Chapel House, and By River Thames.
Old Pubs in Cutty Sark
How can we forget the famous old pubs of Greenwich? The town has many old pubs within the town centre and around the area. Weatherspoon, which serves you an amazing traditional breakfast till 12 PM every day. Some famous names like Gipsy Moth, just near the Cutty Sark ship, are a good place to hang out with friends or after work drinks, with the beautiful view of the Cutty Sark ship. The pub has both indoor and outdoor garden seating. Another famous pub is the Greenwich Tavern, at the back of the Old Royal Naval College and next to the Thames River. The pub is spread over three floors with beautiful river and city views.
Try the place for full-day breakfast or late-night drinks. Know more facts about Greenwich