Greenwich: the village full of history
Just a stone’s throw away from Central London lies the sleepy nautical village of Greenwich. Technically the home to the Greenwich Observatory is only located in Zone 2 but when you are there you feel like you’re in a different world. There are many interesting things to see in Greenwich making it the perfect day-trip from Central London. Greenwich Park, the dry-docked Cutty Sark ship and the Royal Observatory make this the perfect place to bring your family to. Grab an affordable lunch and some local crafts at one of Greenwich Market’s many stalls. Full disclosure – I lived in Greenwich when I first moved to London so these are some proper local tips!
It is super easy to travel to Greenwich.The most scenic route is by boat. You can either elect to take one of the Thames Clipper commuter vessels or a sightseeing tour with City Cruises Red River Rover which will give you the history of all of the buildings along the river in just over an hour. If you’re after a more speedy journey, you can take the DLR from either Bank station, Tower Hill Station or Canary Wharf.
Attractions in Greenwich include the beautifully restored Cutty Sark tea clipper, the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory, home to Greenwich mean time. As if these kid-friendly activities weren’t enough, you can also check out Greenwich Park which boasts a boating pond and a beautiful rose garden in the summer months! If the boat ride to Greenwich or your visit to the Cutty Sark has peaked your naval interest, head straight to the National Maritime Museum to hear all about London’s seafaring history and even see the coat that Lord Nelson wore when he fought in the Battle of Trafalgar. The museum if very kid-friendly and has many interactive exhibits to make learning about the high seas fun!
Greenwich has many amazing restaurants and pubs in addition to the covered Greenwich Market. The Gypsy Moth pub, Greenwich Meantime Brewery and Greenwich Tavern are all great options for both food and drinks. Personally, my favourite pub is the Trafalgar Tavern as it is located right on the river. If that one is full (as it is super popular!) head to the Coach and Horses in Greenwich Market to watch the shoppers mill about from their outdoor patio in the summer or next to their warm fireplace in the winter.
Greenwich is one of London’s gems so be sure not to miss out on this adorable area! Have a look at my local tips to hear great off the beaten track recommendations!