London Guide: Ten Things To Do In Greenwich London. The Royal Borough of Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a rich maritime history. It’s certainly well worth putting on your list of places to investigate if you’re visiting London. Everything is in walking distance so it’s easy to see everything on my Ten Things To Do In Greenwich London List.
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Ten Things To Do In Greenwich London List
10 Things To Do In Greenwich London List
1. Admire the stunning view of London from the hill at Greenwich Park
2. Learn about time, hemispheres and planets at the Royal Observatory
3. Soak up royal history at the Queens House
4. Take a voyage of discovery at the National Maritime Museum
5. Climb aboard the Cutty Sark
6. Get your cultural fix at the Old Royal Naval College
7. Buy antiques, crafts, fashion and eat street food at the historic Greenwich Market
8. Walk under the River Thames through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel
9. Take a stroll along the Thames Path
10. Sing your heart out at the O2 Arena
Ten Things To Do In Greenwich London Details
1. Greenwich Park: Overlooking the River Thames with a fabulous flower garden, café and deer park, this 183-acre Royal Park is well worth exploring. Up on the hill you are treated to an amazing city vista. Located at Greenwich SE10 8QY.
View from Greenwich Park
2. Royal Observatory: This is the home of Greenwich Mean Time, the Prime Meridian (where East meets West) and the London Planetarium. Located at the top of the hill in Greenwich Park (you might be a little out of breath afterwards).
3. Queen’s House: This historic mansion is a joy to explore, you can see art through the ages from Lowry, Turner and more. Expect to see plenty of king and queen portraits. Located near Greenwich Park, SE10 9NF.
4. National Maritime Museum: See exhibitions covering pirates, oceans, ships and everything seafaring you can imagine. Located at Romney Road, London SE10 9NF near Greenwich Park.
National Maritime Museum
5. Cutty Sark: Continue your maritime adventure by boarding this famous British Tea Clipper Ship. You can meet the crew and roam around inside; they also serve afternoon tea in the hull! Located at King William Walk SE10 9HT.
6. Old Royal Naval College: This magnificent Sir Christopher Wren Baroque building and extensive grounds is used for concerts, festivals, events and art exhibitions. A recent makeover has been completed on the Painted Hall; this is being hailed as the UK’s Sistine Chapel!
Old Royal Naval College
7. Greenwich Market: This covered market is set within a World Heritage Site and opens seven days a week. You will find an extensive street food market selling everything you could possibly want to eat. You can buy antiques, posters, gifts, candles, clothes and more from the market stalls. There are good shops boarding the market which are well worth checking out. Located at SE10 9HZ.
8. Greenwich Foot Tunnel: It’s a strange experience walking underneath the River Thames. The tunnel has a two-way traffic system to ensure the flow of walkers. There are two tunnels, I have walked under the one near the Cutty Sark, which takes you to Island Gardens, Tower Hamlets. This gives you a great perspective of Greenwich from the other side of the river. The second foot tunnel connects Woolwich to North Woolwich, Newham.
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
9. Thames Path: One of my favourite London walks is from North Greenwich to Greenwich (or vice versa). The Thames Path takes you past river ‘beaches’ with weeping willow trees and industrial landscapes. When you reach North Greenwich, you will be near the O2 Arena. Read my feature about the North Greenwich to Greenwich Walk.
Thames Path Walk
10. O2 Arena: This entertainment venue is housed inside the Millennium Dome, a building commissioned to celebrate the millennium. The iconic design features 12 yellow posts which represent 12 hours thus paying homage to Greenwich Mean Time. If you want a real adventure, you can climb over the roof of this building. You will find cinemas, a bowling alley, restaurants, bars and shops here. Located on the Greenwich Peninsula.
Ten Things To Do In Greenwich London Information
If you live in London and you haven’t explored Greenwich yet, you need to put this on your to do list! The nearest station is Greenwich on the DLR and the Thameslink and South Eastern train lines. When the sun is shining at the weekend, this area gets very busy, if you can visit mid-week that is better. There are plenty of pubs where you can enjoy a pint and lunch. The Market is great for street food. There are some nice shops to browse and a few unique ones like Nauticalia selling nautical inspired gifts and furniture. There is a lot more to do in the area that I’ve mentioned in my list – The Fan Museum, Eltham Palace and Gardens, The Rangers House, Brewery Tours so you won’t get bored. For more information go to the Visit Greenwich Website. To see more pictures of the area look at my Love Greenwich London Pinterest Board.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl.