Just a quick boat ride down the Thames from London, you will find the adorable Royal Borough of Greenwich, England. Although technically part of the big city, it feels more than a skipping stone away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Here are all the awesome reasons why you should take this day trip from London and my recommendations to ensure you experience the best of Greenwich.
The Prime Meridian + The Royal Observatory
The Prime Meridian is where the eastern and western hemispheres meet at Longitude 0°. You can stand with one foot in each…pretty cool right? Well, let me explain a bit more…
To get here you first walk through the adorable town, then through an even more adorable park, to the Royal Observatory. It sits perched at the top of a hill with gorgeous views, where you get a taste of history about all things Astrology. It is also home to the Great Equatorial Telescope and a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, as well as the Prime Meridian.
The Greenwich Meridian was selected as the World’s Prime Meridian home back in 1884, and to this day many visitor’s wait to capture their moment straddling The Meridian Line. During the night the line is marked with a green laser.
I found the Observatory fascinating and the Meridian quite fun. You can’t help but feel so small, in comparison to the size of the world that is, in moments like this.
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Greenwich Park is home to the Royal Observatory + Prime Meridian. The view from the top of the park is absolutely breathtaking [no literally, it is a bit of a climb to the top haha].
I suggest grabbing snacks from the Greenwich Market and picnicking it on the lush green grass. Seriously, this park was vibrantly green – dare I say it reminded me of Ireland? I mean, does someone come nightly and spray paint the lawn? 😉
The Cutty Sark
This beauty greets you at the Greenwich dock upon arrival. The Cutty Sark is a 19th century ship that houses a museum inside where you learn of stories of its sailings of tea cargo to China and wool to Austraila. The view from deck isn’t too shabby either. Click here for ticket & info.
The Greenwich Market
This open-air market was established in 1737 and is set on a World Heritage site. Wandering around admiring the goods, listening to British accents, and grubbing on Market snacks was a treat. The Greenwich Market is a must see.
It is open 7 days per week from 10-530pm. Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends it is home to arts, crafts and designer makers. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to antiques and collectibles.
The Pubs [and restaurants] of Greenwich
Just like all of London, Greenwich has some amazing pubs and eateries to choose from. Traditional options and International. Goddard at Greenwich is known for the best pie & mash, The Cutty Sark Tavern sticks to a nautical theme and has a Pub Garden area when the weather is right, and more yummy pub classics with an all-weather beer garden can be found at The Gipsy Moth.
I also found an adorable French restaurant, Cafe Rouge, to satisfy my pasta + wine craving. #nomnomnom
A bit further down the Thames is the O2, a massive entertainment venue that is home to large concerts, a cinema, bowling alley and some eateries. It actually is open to climbers if you want to check out the view from atop the dome. Get more info about ‘Up at the O2’ here.
Getting to Greenwich
There are a few boat companies to choose from, but I recommend City Cruises. They have all-weather boats full of windows, small cafe/bar inside and upper decks for great photo opportunities. I did the hop on-hop off pass and made a whole day of exploring at each stop.
And crusing down the Thames during sunset? Oh so pretty!
But for those who prefer dry land, there is a train that runs from London Bridge to Greenwich Station in about 15 minutes. I later learned that there is also a foot tunnel that takes you from Greenwich to Canary Wharf for free. [Thames Tunnel]
Wandering around this town was my favorite part. There are plenty of shops and general cuteness galore while feeling rather far away from Downtown London yet still maintaining that London-esque vibe.
Read my other post about London here: London’s Calling, Time To Pack A Bag!