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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

  1. After exploring popular Greenwich Market, head over to Made in Greenwich for locally made, handcrafted gifts ranging from jewellery and ceramics to all sorts of foodie treats.
  2. Find more mouthwatering foodie delights 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

  1. Treat yourself to modern Spanish Basque cuisine at Ardoa by Vinothec Compass, on the Greenwich Peninsula – complete with an excellently stocked wine bar.
  2. Or try Italian favourites cooked to perfection at Con Gusto, which is housed in a Grade II-listed former guardhouse on the Royal Arsenal Riverside.
  3. Enjoy a pint and pub classics at historic boozer The Pilot, which was made famous after it appeared in Blur’s music video Parklife.
  4. 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.
  5. Tuck into guilt-free treats at Yummzy. Its low-carb, gluten-free and vegan creations include tempting cakes and moreish ice creams.
  6. Work up an appetite with a woodland walk to Severndroog Castle, where delicious coffee, afternoon tea and homemade cakes await in the castle's lovely Tea Room.
  7. Be amazed by an eye-popping range of sushi at Japanese fusion cafe Zaibatsu. Its bring-your-own-booze with no corkage policy will keep your bill satisfyingly low!
  8. Indulge in afternoon tea with views across the river Thames at Meridian Lounge, where you’ll find an extensive menu with a choice of around 20 loose-leaf teas.
  9. Savour knockout views over The O2, Canary Wharf, Thames Barrier and Docklands, with a cocktail in hand, at glamorous rooftop venue Eighteen Sky Bar.
  10. Tour craft brewery the Meantime Brewing Company, and taste its selection of beers.

Secret things to do in Greenwich

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  1. Explore one of London’s most unusual museums, the Fan Museum, home to fans that date from the 11th century to the present day.
  2. Mooch around showpiece art deco mansion Eltham Palace, built for millionaires and decked out with stunning interiors and furnishings.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Take to the helm as you learn how to steer the world's last surviving tea clipper, Cutty Sark.
  6. Head to the National Maritime Museum to get up close to the jacket that Vice Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.
  7. See John Reardon’s Monument for a Dead Parrot sculpture in the garden of the De Vere Devonport House hotel, next door to the National Maritime Museum.
  8. Touch a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite as old as the Earth and the sun at the Royal Observatory's Astronomy Centre.

Cool things to do at night in Greenwich

  1. Cosy up inside basement venue Oliver’s Jazz Bar to sip a glass of wine and see live jazz.
  2. See up-and-coming and established stand-up comics at Up the Creek Comedy Club.
  3. Venture beneath Grade II-listed Trafalgar Tavern and you'll find Cribb's Parlour, a hidden cocktail bar with top-notch drinks, cool pop art-plastered brick walls and electric vibes.
  4. 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.
  5. Throw a memorable dinner party in private dining space and original Victorian wine cellar The Cooperage, underneath Davy's Wine Vaults.

Tranquil green spaces in Greenwich

  1. Enjoy a stroll in peaceful Oxleas Wood, an ancient woodland, and climb to the top of Shooters Hill for gorgeous views over Kent.
  2. Spot roaming deer at The Wilderness, in Greenwich Park, a secluded and peaceful sanctuary that's home to a herd of fallow and red deer.
  3. Ogle dragonflies and butterflies at the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, an urban oasis with bird hides and a lake.
  4. Uncover little-known but much-loved gem East Greenwich Pleasaunce, a tranquil public park featuring a cafe, playground and naval cemetery.
  5. Feed, stroke and handle animals at the Maryon Wilson animal park, home to sheep, horses and deer.