Greenwich would possibly simply be one of many best areas in London to go to! After all, we’re a bit of bit biased however there’s a heap of the perfect issues to do in Greenwich which can be dotted all throughout the neighbourhood, which you actually can’t miss.
Being one of many three Royal Boroughs in London (alongside Chelsea and Kensington and Kingston-Upon-Thames), it’s made fairly a reputation for itself for its centuries of historical past, a few of the most iconic London palaces and London markets.
Plus, it’s solely a stone’s throw from the very centre of London so what’s to not love!
Now, for me, the factor that makes Greenwich so nice (after all of the historic spots) is that it’s completely walkable and very easy to walk round in a day or two. That is nice if you happen to fancy seeing a special aspect of London, particularly because it’s so totally different from different areas like Camden or Covent Garden.
With this in thoughts, I’ve popped over a number of of my favorite spots and finest issues to do in Greenwich to your go to. Have the perfect time!
1.) The Painted Corridor
A part of the Royal Navy Faculty, the Painted Hall is completely awe-inspiring to see.
Lately renovated to its former glory, its obtained a few of London’s most stunning Baroque interiors that are completely straightforward to go to.
In reality, the Painted Corridor is usually nicknamed London’s Sistine Chapel (and it’s straightforward to see why). This masterpiece, from the 1700s, is simply stunning.
Now, though you received’t have mass crowds coming into unexpectedly, if you happen to do wish to keep away from the vast majority of different guests head throughout when it first opens.
We visited at 10 am and we had the entire corridor to ourselves for round 10-minutes. It was epic!
2.) Queen’s Home
It’s stated, the Queen’s Home was gifted to Anne of Denmark after her husband (then, King James I) swore at (or round) her for by accident killing his favorite canine while searching.
I imply, an precise home as an apology looks like a candy deal, no?
Constructed again within the 1600s, it’s very easy to go to after heading to the Painted Corridor because it’s solely round a 10-minute stroll (door-to-door).
At this time, you possibly can enter contained in the Queen’s Home (without spending a dime) and wander across the gorgeous artwork galleries which home Gainsborough and Turner items, too.
It’s completely pretty and the most effective issues to do in Greenwich if you happen to love artwork and historical past.
Oh, and remember to cease by the Tulip Stairs which nonetheless stands proudly contained in the Queen’s Home.
3.) Greenwich Market
Began nearly 300 years go, strolling via the Market is likely one of the finest issues to do in Greenwich In the event you’re feeling peckish.
Perched proper within the coronary heart of Greenwich (comparatively near the Cutty Sark), the market has a few of the tastiest meals stalls in all of London. With native suppliers, artists and foodie joints, you’ll be completely spoilt for alternative.
Not solely that, on a Thursday, you’ll get to go to the Vintage Market that takes over the corridor! It’s nice to seize a number of classic trinkets.
Additionally, simply on the foodie aspect of issues, if you happen to fancy a correct London “pie and mash” then head to Goddard’s that’s been going for the reason that 1800s. They’ve the tastiest home made pies, creamy mash and liquor!
Oh, and if you happen to love your brews, head away from the historic centre of Greenwich and go to Meantime Brewery. They’ve an onsite bar the place they serve up their seasonal batches. We liked it, however it’s a little away from the “foremost sights” so be ready for an extended stroll or brief taxi experience. It’s a terrific stopping level if you happen to’re heading from the Cutty Sark and going up the Peninsular to the O2.
4) Cutty Sark
Perched proper within the centre of Greenwich (close to the Previous Navy Faculty) the Cutty Sark is the world’s solely surviving tea clipper.
Approach again when, the Cutty Sark was blazing throughout the oceans however now stands proudly so that you can hop on board and discover. It’s the most effective issues to do in Greenwich if you happen to’re concerned with maritime historical past, particularly as this maritime space of Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Website.
Oh, and don’t overlook to identify the figureheads which can be stored under the Cutty Sark from a spread of historic vessels. It’s the world’s largest assortment!
5.) Maritime Museum
Strolling via the Maritime Museum is likely one of the finest issues to do in Greenwich, particularly on a wetter day. A part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, it’s completely free to enter and you may simply spend hours wandering the exhibitions.
Be sure you spot Admiral Nelson’s uniform that he was carrying on the Battle of Trafalgar. You may even spot the bullet gap that fatally injured Nelson (take a look at the left shoulder).
6.) Eltham Palace
Round 20-minutes by taxi (or 40-minutes by prepare and a stroll), Eltham Palace is a former royal residence that’s completely distinctive.
You see, beginning life within the 1300s, Eltham Palace has gone via many transformations over time. With its medieval corridor and artwork deco wing, you’ll be capable of stroll the rooms and discover how the palace modified over the centuries.
The Tudor Courts would typically use Eltham Palace for all their Christmas Celebrations and the place Henry VIII grew up! It’s completely attractive and effectively price visiting for a day journey.
For me, it’s the most effective issues to do in Greenwich and an often-missed palace to go to in London.
7.) Junk Store
Among the finest issues to do in Greenwich is to discover its unbiased retailers, classic stalls and cute cafes. In the event you’re on the lookout for some classic treasures, pop over to the Junk Shop that may be a rabbit warren of little coves and flooring to discover.
It’s obtained every thing from classic crockery, antiques and even a cute little tea room within the again.
You’ll all the time discover one thing quirky and cute right here!
8.) Royal Observatory
Perched proper inside Greenwich Park (to the correct of the above pic), the Observatory and the Meridian Line is a good place to discover if you happen to love astronomy.
As soon as right here, take a tour of the observatory, see the historic telescopes and stand proper on the Prime Meridian Line. Oh, and within the evening you would possibly spot the laser that follows the Prime Meridian Line from the Observatory space and over the skyline of East London.
9.) The O2
As soon as often known as the Millennium Dome, the O2 is a colossal dome construction throughout the Greenwich Peninsular. Stuffed with a mountain of retailers, branded eating places, area and venues, it’s the form of place you possibly can go for a night watching world-class artists from Girl Gaga, Beyonce, Adele to call just some!
Be sure you examine who’s performing earlier than you go to and make an evening of it!
Additionally, if you happen to’re feeling as much as it, climb on prime of the O2 on the “Up on the O2” walkways which is particularly stunning round sundown. Oh, and take the cable automobile if you happen to fancy heading throughout the Thames, too.
10.) Previous Royal Navy Faculty
Together with the Painted Corridor (that I discussed earlier), the Old Royal Naval College is completely gorgeous and proper within the coronary heart of historic Greenwich.
Be sure you spend a while strolling the grounds, taking within the stunning buildings and seeing the magnificent chapel that’s centuries previous.
It’s completely stunning and you actually can’t miss it.
You would possibly even recognise it from scenes used within the movie, Les Misérables, Thor: The Darkish World and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Have the perfect time!
11.) Greenwich Park
With hundreds of years of historical past (from Roman instances), to the centuries-old panorama, the Park has been part of Greenwich since perpetually!
As soon as right here, remember to see the view throughout London (simply throughout from the Royal Observatory), go to the Rose Backyard and stroll the strolling routes. It’s stunning.
Relying on if you go to, you would possibly even come throughout the cherry blossom!