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9 unusual adventures on a day out in Greenwich

Hold onto your hats! Lots of fun experiences await when you take the short trip to Greenwich for the day.

If our top 10 things to do in Greenwich are not enough to send you on the quick journey from central London, here are nine adventurous reasons why Greenwich is a top destination for at least one day out (if not more).

1) Climb up on the roof

Go Up at The O2, where a sky-high adventure across the roof of The O2 takes you to the top of the entertainment world. Soak up spectacular views of London on this 90-minute guided expedition, suspended 2m (more than 6ft) above the roof on a walkway that gently bounces as you move along. Before your climb, your guide takes you through everything you need to know and gives you a climb suit, shoes and a safety harness.

2) Cruise along the Thames

Hop aboard a MBNA Thames Clippers catamaran for a quick and fun way to travel to Greenwich. These sleek boats rush up and down the river from central London to Greenwich every 20 minutes, past some of London’s most iconic landmarks including Shakespeare's Globe, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Sit outside as you get up to full throttle, or relax in the comfortable interior and watch the architecture of London pass by.

3) Take a speedboat ride

Race down the river on this adrenaline-packed Thames speedboat ride with Thames RIB Experience’s The O2 RIB Blast! From The O2, you pass under the Emirates Air Line cable car and through the Thames Barrier, before the return leg. A few thrilling minutes later, you're banking in front of the Old Royal Naval College and catching views of the Royal Observatory. The James Bond theme comes to an end as you speed back to base and the security of dry land.

4) Glide above the river

 

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Float across the Thames with Emirates Air Line, the UK’s only urban cable car. Travelling 90m (almost 300ft) above the river from Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, this thrilling 10-minute Greenwich cable car ride gives you the chance to spot the Thames Barrier, Greenwich Peninsula, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and beyond. Swoop down towards the Royal Docks, swing smoothly round and head back over the water with The O2 and the towers of Canary Wharf ahead of you.

5) Journey to space at the London planetarium

 

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Take a tour of the universe from the comfort of your seat in the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Fly into the centre of the sun, travel to distant galaxies, see the birth of a star or land on Mars in London's only planetarium.

6) Fly a plane

Fly an Airbus A380 or Boeing B777 at Emirates Aviation Experience, an amazing fixed-base flight simulator right next to the Emirates Air Line cable car. Select the airport, the time of day and the weather conditions, then pilot the plane through take-off and landing. Perfect for beginners, this exciting simulator experience is guided by an experienced instructor and is a great way to gain insight into what it takes to fly a commercial aircraft. Will you make it as a pilot? The only way you’ll find out is to try.

7) Adventure in food

 

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Greenwich is an amazing place to get adventurous with food. There's a fantastic range of street food in Greenwich Market. Taste your way around the world in a matter of minutes, whether teriyaki, vegan spiced kidney beans, churros or empanadas. Try a classic dinner in one of London’s best pie and mash shops, or indulge in ice cream in Greenwich Park. There are plenty of places to eat in Greenwich, so you'll never go hungry. 

8) Go underground

 

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Walk under the river Thames without getting wet! Greenwich Foot Tunnel runs 15m (50ft) under the river from Cutty Sark Gardens next to Cutty Sark, to the Isle of Dogs. The spectacular view across the Thames towards the Old Royal Naval College and Royal Observatory has hardly changed since Canaletto painted it in the 1700s. The 370m-long (1,200ft) tunnel opened in 1902 and has 200,000 white tiles. Spookily, both ends curve upwards so when you’re stood in the middle, the exits disappear (don’t worry, they’re still there).

9. Aim for a hole in one

Grab a club and take up position in one of the Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range’s 60 bays. This picturesque driving range overlooks the skyscrapers of the London Docklands, and is suitable for all golfing abilities. Alternatively, navigate your way around the CrazyPutt Adventure Golf course, with plenty of fun obstacles to overcome.

You'll find all of these exciting experiences within minutes of central London, whether by Tube, train, boat or DLR. Find out how to get to Greenwich or check out our handy Greenwich map.