Greenwich's Hidden Gems

From unusual shops to quirky restaurants, Greenwich is full of tucked-away treasures that beg to be explored. Get off the tourist trail by discovering these secret things to do in Greenwich.

Hidden shopping gems in Greenwich

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1. Having explored popular Greenwich Market, head to the Clocktower Market, which is a great spot for bargain hunters at the weekend. Its 50 quirky stalls sell everything from military paraphernalia and crafts, to vintage clothes and ceramics.
2. Find foodie treats at Royal Arsenal Riverside Farmers’ Market. Taking place on the second and last Saturday of every month, the market is awash with artisan food traders, including bakers, greengrocers, cheesemongers and florists.
3. Explore Greenwich's many independent shops and boutiques. Cheese fans should hotfoot it to upscale cheesemonger The Cheeseboard, home to more than 150 artisan cheeses.
4. Discover straight-from-the-oven baked goods at Paul Rhodes Bakery, which sells handcrafted breads, pastries and cakes.

Lesser-known pubs and restaurants in Greenwich

5. Uncover a wine haven tucked away on the Greenwich Peninsula. Vinothec Compass offers modern British food with Basque influences and a choice of more than 600 different wines.
6. Enjoy a pint and pub classics at historic boozer The Pilot, which was made famous after it appeared in Blur’s music video, Parklife.
7. Snuggle up in cosy pub The Plume of Feathers with its historical paintings, claygate fireplace and maritime relics. The oldest pub in Greenwich serves real ales and offers gourmet dishes in its candlelit restaurant.
8. Tuck into sourdough Neapolitan-style pizza and cutting-edge cocktails at pizzeria and cocktail bar Al Pancino.
9. Be amazed by an eye-popping range of sushi at Japanese fusion café Zaibatsu. Its bring-your-own-booze with no corkage policy will keep your bill satisfyingly low!
10. Indulge in afternoon tea with views across the river Thames at Clipper Bar, where you’ll find an extensive menu with a choice of 34 loose leaf teas.
11. Savour knockout views over The O2, Canary Wharf, Thames Barrier and Docklands, with a cocktail in hand, at glamorous rooftop venue Eighteen Sky Bar.
12. Tour craft brewery, the Meantime Brewing Company, and taste its selection of beers.

Secret things to do in Greenwich

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13. Explore one of London’s most unusual museums, the Fan Museum, home to fans that date from the 11th century to the present day.
14. Mooch around showpiece art deco mansion Eltham Palace, built for millionaires and decked out with stunning interiors and furnishings.
15. Tour handsome 1720s Georgian villa Ranger’s House in Greenwich Park, displaying more than 700 amazing works of art collected by diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher.
16. Snap a picture of the Tulip Stairs in the Queen’s House, an Instagrammer’s dream! The house was designed by Inigo Jones and is England’s first classical building.
17. Head to the National Maritime Museum to get up close to the jacket that Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.
18. See John Reardon’s Monument to a Dead Parrot sculpture in the garden of the Devonport House hotel, next door to the National Maritime Museum.
19. Touch a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite that is as old as the Earth and the sun at the Royal Observatory's Astronomy Centre.

Cool things to do at night in Greenwich  

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20. Cosy up inside basement venue Oliver’s Jazz Bar to sip a glass of wine and see live jazz.
21. See up-and-coming and established stand-up comics at Up the Creek Comedy Club.
22. Enjoy a show at one of London’s best off-West End theatres, Greenwich Theatre, which offers a mix of family shows, dramas, comedy and more.

Tranquil green spaces in Greenwich

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23. Enjoy a stroll in peaceful Oxleas Wood, an ancient woodland and climb to the top of Shooters Hill for gorgeous views over Kent.
24. Ogle dragonflies and butterflies at the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, an urban oasis with bird hides and a lake.
25. Uncover little-known but much-loved gem East Greenwich Pleasaunce, a tranquil public park featuring a cafe, playground and naval cemetery.
26. Feed, stroke and handle animals at the Maryon Wilson animal park, home to ducks, geese, chickens, goats, pigs and deer.

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