One of our favourite places in London is Greenwich. In fact, we purposefully used to live just within reach of it. Last Sunday we were surprised by some beautiful weather. A luxury after the miserable weather we have had as of late. This was too good an occasion to miss. So Gary and I headed out to enjoy a day by the sea, well by the river Thames.
Greenwich is very popular with tourists but I believe less so with Londoners. And yet it has so much to offer and is definitely worth a visit. Not convinced yet? Here are some quick facts for you :
- Greenwich is Point Zero, where Time Starts and Ends. Well … At least the counting of it. Yes, Greenwich is home to the prime meridian of the world. Here you can stand in two time zones at the same time or shop in The First Shop in the World! No Really!
- It is also a favourite location for filmmakers worldwide. Films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor 2, The Dark Night Rises, Les Miserables, Sherlock Holmes, Skyfall and many more were filmed here.
1 – GREENWICH PARK
Something my boyfriend and I frequently do is feed the squirrels. Squirrels are pretty tame in London and they will come right up to you for a nut. If you would like to feed the squirrels yourself you might want to head to the flower garden. You could even pop down to the deer enclosure.
2 – CUTTY SARK
Next we went to see the Cutty Sark, a famous Merchant Ship. A couple of years ago a museum was built around the ship and during construction poor Cutty Sark was nearly destroyed in a terrible fire. Fortunately, 90% of the ship survived. The museum is mainly aimed at kids, with a wide display of educative and interactive games. The ship itself is a delight to see. My favourite part was being up on deck. Do seek out one of the tour guides. They are always happy to part with information on the ship’s history and the sailor’s life on board.
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At this point we were starving, so before we left we grabbed a bight to eat in the cafe underneath the glazed dome. If you are planning to spend the whole day in Greenwich, you might want to buy one of the Combo tickets. The Royal Observatory and The Maritime Museum are definitely worth a visit.
3 – GREENWICH MARKET
We then walked into the town centre and headed to the market. This is one of the best markets I have come across. There is something there for everyone, from art to food. To be honest I wish we would have had lunch at one of the market stalls. While you are there don’t forget to check out 360 Degrees Vintage.
4 – BLACKHEATH
If you are a coffee addict, like me, you might want to pop into Blackheath, where the streets are line with chic French Cafes and posh bakeries.
5 – DINNER AT THE YACHT
We ended the day in the The Yacht. This Pub is fast becoming one of our favourite restaurants and must be Greenwich’s best kept secret. Not only do they make the best pie I have had in my entire life, their premises are also located right on the riverfront. Every table has a panoramic view of the City of London. If you are looking for an affordable place to relax and enjoy the company of your friends, this is the Pub for you.
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