Greenwich

Greenwich is a beautiful and historic South London area. Learn about Britain's naval history, catch a show at the Planetarium and hop over the Greenwich Meridian line

Greenwich is a historically rich area of London with lots of green space. It is also a great place to visit for entertainment, food and drink. This makes Greenwich a popular area for family days out in London.

Geographically, Greenwich sits on the southern banks of the River Thames just south of Docklands and Canary Wharf. 

Travel to Greenwich

There are various ways to travel to Greenwich village. Travel by Tube on the Jubilee line to North Greenwich station. If you take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), alight at Cutty Sark, or at Island Gardens and walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. 

If you’re arriving by overground train, Greenwich station is a five minute walk to the village centre. 

Alternatively, take a relaxing boat ride to Greenwich Pier with MBNA Thames Clippers, or a river cruise with City Cruises.

You can also take the river services to QEII Pier at The O2. See London from an unusual angle onboard the Emirates Air Line cable car. Travel across the river to the Royal Docks, or take a "360" return trip, for some of the best views in London.

If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.

If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card at the Tube station. Learn more about Oyster Cards.

Things to see in Greenwich

Spend a day out in Greenwich soaking up the romantic baroque architecture, admiring the impressive views of London, and learning about science, navigation and history.

When visiting Maritime Greenwich, you'll be on one of London's world heritage sites. When the weather is warm and sunny, Greenwich Park makes an ideal spot for a picnic.

Discover the Royal Museums Greenwich collection, which is comprised of:

  • the National Maritime Museum, home to an impressive collection of navel art and materials relating to Britain's seafaring history
  • the elegant Queen's House with its superb collection of fine art
  • the Cutty Sark, one of the world’s most famous ships and the last surviving tea clipper
  • the Royal Observatory with views over the river Thames towards London's Canary Wharf
  • the Observatory's Peter Harrison Planetarium, where you can catch a spectacular show

In Greenwich you'll also discover the Old Royal Naval College, a free to enter landmark which stands on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII's favourite royal residence. Seek out The Painted Hall – perhaps the finest baroque dining hall in the UK – which was designed by Christopher Wren and painted by James Thornhill.

For those who require accessibility facilities, check out our one-day itinerary for accessible Greenwich.

Things to do in Greenwich: Entertainment

Greenwich is also home to some of the biggest events in London. Experience Europe's largest live music concerts and events at The O2 Arena. It is the world's busiest arena and has hosted famous stars such as Beyoncé, Michael Bublé, and Madonna. Sporting events such as the tennis ATP World Tour Finals are also hosted here. 

Find the more intimate live gigs at IndigO2 and Brooklyn Bowl, where, as the name suggests, you can also test your tenpin bowling skills. Catch the latest blockbuster movies at The O2 multi-screen cinema, and dine at a variety of restaurants and bars. See the world from outside the dome with an Up at the O2 climb across the top.

Watch theatrical performances at the Greenwich Theatre or catch live comedy at Up The Creek.

Look out for special events happening in Greenwich throughout the year such as the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival in June.

Things to do in Greenwich: Shopping

The village of Greenwich is a great destination for quirky clothes and stylish furnishings. The Greenwich Clocktower Market is where you'll find vintage and craft items.

Check out the covered Greenwich Market, running from Tuesday-Sunday. The market is filled with arts, crafts and food stalls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will find bric-a-brac, antiques and vintage clothing on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Things to do in Greenwich: Restaurants and Bars

For great food with a view in Greenwich, head to the Gipsy Moth next to the Cutty Sark, or the beautiful Trafalgar Tavern on the banks of the Thames. For a special occasion, try the Rivington Grill or the North Pole Piano Restaurant

Beer lovers will want to book a table at the The Old Brewery at Meantime Greenwich (where they produce their own tipples). 

If you're travelling on a budget, Elements, Mogul Indian Restaurant, and Bianco43 all welcome hungry explorers.

There are also a number of bars and restaurants at The O2 in North Greenwich such as Rodizio Rico, Gaucho, and Zizzi.

Accommodation in Greenwich

Book a room at the modern, four-star Novotel London Greenwich, which is conveniently located right next to the train station and near to all of Greenwich's top attractions. It makes a very comfortable base for exploring the area.

For any business needs, Devonport House is ideal for conferences, meetings, private dinners and pleasant weekend leisure breaks.

For cheap hotels in Greenwich, book at Ibis London Greenwich, Mercure London Greenwich, or St Christopher's Inn Greenwich.

Woolwich: A Royal Façade and Firepower

Woolwich, a neighbouring suburb to Greenwich, is also worth exploring. It has been a garrison town for centuries. King Henry VIII established the Royal Dockyard in 1512. They were renamed the Royal Arsenal in 1805 after becoming a centre for weapons manufacturing. In 2012, Woolwich's Royal Artillery Barracks hosted the London 2012 Games shooting and Paralympic archery events. 

Learn more about the history and industrial heritage of this area at the Greenwich Heritage Centre.

Military enthusiasts will love Firepower - The Royal Artillery Museum and its impressive collection of tanks, cannon and armoury. It tells the story of arms from before the creation of gunpowder to the modern day. The Field of Fire multimedia show is a great experience for kids, with a shaking floor, dry ice and loud explosions to bring the history of weaponry alive. In the Camo Zone you can test your skills on the Firing Range, and show your strength on the Bungee Run.

Find more information about Greenwich at www.visitgreenwich.org.uk.

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