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With its own vibe, leafy Greenwich is unique. It is rich in history whilst being a stone’s throw away from the city. So you end up being in one of the most beautiful towns whilst being in London. There are clubs, pubs, shops, independent traders, a comedy club, museums and so much more. Here is a selection of some of the top 10 things to do when you are in Greenwich.
Greenwich Park has to be one of the most breath-taking parks in London, if not England. The scenic 183 acres of green land first opened in the 13th century and is the oldest enclosed Royal Park. Situated on a hilltop, the luscious park boasts impressive views of Blackheath, Greenwich, the River Thames, Docklands and the City of London. The park is so extensive that you will definitely find a spot to relax, even on a hot summer’s day. The National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House are at the base of the park. Discover where east meets west at the Greenwich Meridian line by trekking up to the Royal Observatory which is at the top of the hill. The park opens every day at 6am.
In the heart of Greenwich, Greenwich Picturehouse showcases the latest blockbusters. The cinema has a modern atmosphere and is home to five screens – with the intimate Screen 5 being a highlight. It allows you to feel completely at home whilst watching your favourite films. You can plan a nice evening at Greenwich Picturehouse, where you have a meal before your film as the Rivington Grill and Tapera are next to the cinema. If you fancy a tipple, there is a bar located at the top of the building and the views aren’t bad either. Students get discounts for cinema tickets.
London is a haven for markets and Greenwich has its own unique contributions to add to the mix. With a boutiquey feel, Greenwich Market is London’s only historic market that is found within a World Heritage site. The market stalls sell food, jewellery, arts and crafts, clothes antiques and beauty products. There is also an assortment of pubs, restaurants, cafés and wine bars.
Trafalgar Café is a great greasy spoon that has been serving Greenwich tasty English breakfasts for ages. With a modest feel, the cafés’ generous portions will leave you feeling satisfied. Their fry-ups never disappoint and their servings of the classics are appetising too. Builder’s tea is the norm but that’s part of its charm and appeal. The busy Trafalgar Café is perfect for those days when you just want to tuck in and relax. You don’t need to spend a lot either – expect to pay under £7.00.
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a peaceful paradise to unwind. A mesmerising range of wildlife exists in the Park. Expect exotic birds, frogs, fish, toads and newts along with many other animals. In warmer climes, the Park has dragonflies, damselflies, and beautiful butterflies. The Park has an inner and outer lake. The outer lake is open at all times and the inner lake area is accessible only through the Gatehouse during opening hours. Scape Greenwich is right next to the park so you don’t have to travel far to find a piece of serenity in London.