Get a train to Greenwich and visit The Royal Observatory, The National Maritime Museum and 19th Century tea clipper Cutty Sark, just for starters...
Trains to Greenwich
Who wouldn’t get a thrill standing across the iconic Meridian Line at Greenwich? It’s at the Royal Observatory in the beautiful Greenwich Park. On a clear day you can’t beat the views over the Thames to Canary Wharf and the city, and there’s plenty to do around Greenwich town - whether you want to discover Britain’s incredible naval history at the National Maritime Museum, climb on board the Cutty Sark, or shop for unique arts and crafts at Greenwich market. For more information and things to do, visit the Greenwich website.
Getting here: Take Southeastern trains from London Bridge or London Cannon Street to Greenwich station.
Fun things to do...
Where to eat and drink
Greenwich has got lots of great places to eat and drink. Try Rivington Greenwich for the best in modern British seasonal cooking, The Fan Museum for a lovely afternoon tea, or the grill-scented Sticks’n’Sushi, for traditional sushi and yakitori. More great views at InterContinental London –The O2, where Eighteen Sky Bar gives you top floor selfie opportunities and top class cocktails.
See the world’s last surviving tea clipper the Cutty Sark, perched on her glass pedestal on the water’s edge around Greenwich Pier. Built in 1869 to carry tea back from China, the Cutty Sark was the fastest ship of her time. Head on board to follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her and enjoy sweeping views of the Thames. You can even walk right underneath the ship’s gleaming hull to touch a piece of world history and while you’re there perhaps enjoy a spot of afternoon tea – what could be more British…
Stand astride the Prime Meridian Line at the centre of world time. Once you’ve straddled the spot where East meets West, head inside the Royal Observatory to explore how great scientists first mapped the seas and the stars, and enjoy an unforgettable tour through the universe in London’s only planetarium. And the cherry on top? Breath-taking views across the whole of London right on the Observatory’s doorstep.
National Maritime Museum
The world’s largest maritime museum, telling stories of Britain’s epic relationship with the sea – global exploration, cultural exchange and human endurance. Bring the kids for an action packed adventure: play in the free AHOY! gallery for under-7s or All Hands for 6-12 year olds. Free to visit.
For some retail therapy take a train to Greenwich and shop for unique artsy gifts and crafts at vibrant Greenwich Market. Potter around the eclectic mix of independent stalls, boutiques, shops and galleries packed into the charming arcade, and choose from a mouth-watering range of yummy international street food, six days a week. Head down on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, when collectible dealers dominate, to unearth unusual antique jewellery, vintage clothes, old books and more.
Take a break from sightseeing and relax in the oldest of London’s Royal Parks, to enjoy incomparable views over the Thames to Canary Wharf and the city. Formerly a hunting ground for Henry VIII, the park is home to red and fallow deer and also provides an urban sanctuary for foxes and over 70 species of bird. There’s a boating lake and a playground to entertain the kids plus three cafes to choose from for the adults.
MBNA Thames Clippers
Take to the water and travel in style on the high speed and comfy Thames Clipper river bus service. Sit back and relax with a coffee whilst enjoying spectacular views of the London skyline. Get off at the Greenwich Peninsula for attractions including The O2, Up at The O2 and Emirates Air Line.
The Queen's House
This beautiful royal villa was designed by Inigo Jones and is Britain’s first classical building and a pioneering masterpiece of 17th-century architecture. Today you can enjoy the spectacular art, architecture and royal history of the Queen’s House. Visit the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Free to visit.
Up at the O2
Strap on your harness and climb up and over the iconic roof of the O2 arena for spectacular 360 degree views of London, and an urban mountaineering experience you’ll never forget. Head up in the day and see 15 miles of London landmarks spread out before you, or try a twilight or sunset climb and see the city in a whole new light.
Old Royal Naval College
Admire the UK’s answer to the Sistine Chapel in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. Thanks to the breath-taking frescoes it’s often described as the ‘finest dining hall in Europe’ and has appeared in many a blockbuster. Also within the grounds you can find a moment of calm in the beautiful Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, which hosts regular concerts. The college – which was originally built as a retirement home for veteran sailors – is also spectacular from the outside and deservedly one of the most famous landmarks in the city.
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