A Local’s Guide to Greenwich

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Looking to explore one of London’s calmer districts? Our local’s guide to Greenwich has you covered. Take a stroll amongst some of the areas leafy green spaces or visit historic landmarks and museums for a family-friendly day out. There is something for everyone, with stalls and stalls of clothes, crafts and much more at the vibrant Greenwich market, or tempt yourself to a treat at one of many restaurants the area has to offer.

Well known for its breath taking views, the stunning riverside location means that Greenwich is a popular destination for boat trips down the Thames. Alternatively, why not try a different perspective and take in aerial views of the river by enjoying a ride on the Emirates Air Line cable car. Escape the city and discover Greenwich’s hidden oasis at the Peninsula Ecology Park. Spread over four acres, this beautiful space is perfect for kids to explore with a variety of insects and plants to admire.

Test your fear of heights and climb one of London’s most famous landmarks. Up at the O2 gives you the chance to experience an unforgettable 360-degree view of the city with the option to climb London’s most famous roof at sunset and twilight and daytime.

Grab a sophisticated bite to eat at The Ivy, or try the local’s favourite Mediterranean restaurant The Hill for a menu filled with delicious tapas and antipasti, alongside Latin specialties such as bife ancho and paella.

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WHERE TO DRINK

THE VANBRUGH

If Greenwich is a village – and most would have you believe it is, then The Vanbrugh is its beating heart. It’s large, full of craft beer and a wonderful place to go for a Sunday lunch. They’ve got no less than five ales on draft as well as some seventeen bottled enigmas. For those of you aren’t so inclined to beer and lager, there’s also an extensive wine list and a great number of soft drinks to choose from. There’s also a weekly pub quiz which is usually good fun if you’re with a group.

91 Colomb St, SE10 9EZ
thevanbrugh.co.uk

RICHARD I

Whereas some pubs are good in the summer or great in the winter, there aren’t many that can manage both. Step forward Richard I. This solid local favourite has been serving the people of Greenwich since 1923. Although it wasn’t until London brewery Young’s stepped in and gave the place a bit of polish that it really took off. Today it boasts a long and welcoming bar as well as a modern feeling dining room in its conservatory. Come the warmer months the garden at the back is usually full of thirsty sun seeking patrons. There are few better pub gardens in all of south London.

52-54 Royal Hill, SE10 8RT
www.richardthefirst.co.uk/

THE OLD BREWERY

Experience the taste of South America at this South-East London gem. Offering a delicious selection of tapas, antipasti, pizza and pasta as well as some tasty authentic Latin dishes, this Mediterranean restaurant is the perfect place to kick back and indulge. Book a table to ensure you don’t miss out on the charming menu this delightful spot has to offer.

89 Royal Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8SE

www.thehillgreenwich.com/

WHERE TO EAT

GODDARD’S

Short of jellied eels there are few more iconic London dishes than good old pie and mash. And if that just so happens to be your thing, get yourself over to Goddard’s immediately. These guys have been serving Londoners with a range of delicious pies since the 1890s, making one of London’s oldest proprietors of this fabled meal. The restaurant is anything but fancy, and you’ll quite often find a fair few tourists in here – soaking up the London experience – but if you’re serious about your grub, there aren’t many other places in the world like it. Also, they have a liquor licence, so you can wash it all down with a local ale when you’re done.

22 King William Walk , SE10 9HU
www.goddardsatgreenwich.co.uk/

CRAFT LONDON

It may be a far cry from the sleepy rural village of Greenwich but Craft (on the other side of the Thames) is still worth going out for. A British restaurant that relies on modern cooking techniques and seasonal produce to create ingenious dishes, Craft has been widely applauded for its daring flavour combinations and gastronomic panache ever since it opened a couple of years ago. Everything from the glass and steel furniture through to the pine smoked pigeon seems to be a few steps ahead of the cultural curve. They’re also in possession of a rather exciting cocktail menu – which is never a problem.

1 Green Pl, SE10 0PE
craft-london.co.uk

The Hill

Experience the taste of South America at this South-East London gem. Offering a delicious selection of tapas, antipasti, pizza and pasta as well as some tasty authentic Latin dishes, this Mediterranean restaurant is the perfect place to kick back and indulge. Book a table to ensure you don’t miss out on the charming menu this delightful spot has to offer.

89 Royal Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8SE

https://www.thehillgreenwich.com/

 

WHAT TO DO

ROYAL OBSERVATORY

ROYAL OBSERVATORY
Greenwich Park is a beautiful place. It’s large, sprawling and boasts an undulating meadow to match that of Hampstead Heath. But there’s one particular feature that makes it stand out above the rest – The Royal Observatory. Peering majestically over the River Thames, this historic building wasn’t just the site of a number of major astronomical discoveries, it’s also the location of the Prime Meridian. The line from where time differences are counted outwards from. Visit to see the line, or take a full tour of the observatory itself. There’s even an incredible planetarium which offers a unique insight into our universe.

Blackheath Ave, SE10 8XJ
www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory

CUTTY SARK

We’ll admit it – there are some London attractions which aren’t maybe quite as exciting as tour guides make them out to be. For our money, The Cutty Sark is not one of those. This great Clipper (that’s a type of boat to landlubbers) was once the world’s fastest, and even though she suffered a terrible fire in 2007, experts were able to restore The Cutty Sark to most of her former glories. Today all 963 tons of this majestic ship are suspended above a massive glass frame which allows visitors to witness the tremendous hull right up close.

King William Walk, SE10 9HT
www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark

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