8 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.

The London area of Greenwich has plenty of exciting things to see and do. See the Top 10 things to do in Greenwich. If that's not enough to keep you excited, here are eight adventurous reasons why Greenwich is a top destination for at least one day out (if not more).

1) Go up on the roof


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Go Up at The O2 and walk across the roof of The O2 on an aerial adventure that takes you to the top of the entertainment world. Take in spectacular views of London on this 90-minute guided expedition, suspended two metres (more than six feet) above the roof on a walkway that gently bounces as you move along. Before your climb, your Climb Guide will take you through everything you need to know and give you a climb suit, shoes and a safety harness.

2) Cruise along the Thames


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Getting to Greenwich is easy on a quick MBNA Thames Clippers catamaran. It’s also the most fun way to travel in a capital full of transport options. 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. Travelling along the river Thames is like taking a trip through history – that’s where the Romans landed; that’s where Sir Francis Drake was knighted; and that’s where the little boats left for Dunkirk.

3) Take a speedboat ride

Race down the river on this adrenaline-packed Thames speedboat ride with Thames RIB Experience’s The O2 Blast! From The O2, you'll race down river under the Emirates Air Line cable car, through the Thames Barrier, before turning round and heading back again. A few thrilling minutes later you'll be banking in front of the Old Royal Naval College and the view up to the Royal Observatory. The James Bond theme crashes out as you fly for home and the security of dry land.

4) Glide above the river


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Fly across the Thames with Emirates Air Line, the UK’s only urban cable car. Float 90 metres (almost 300 feet) above the river Thames from Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks; and back. It’s a thrilling ride starting from the moment your car rises up towards the first pylon. Down river you’ll see the mighty Thames Barrier, while the view over the tip of the peninsula stretches out to 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 in London’s planetarium


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Take a tour of the universe from the comfort of your seat in the Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Fly into the heart of the Sun, travel to distant galaxies, see the birth of a star or land on Mars.

6) Fly a plane


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Fly an Airbus A380 or Boeing B777 at Emirates Aviation Experience, an amazing fixed-base flight simulator right next to 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. Try not to bounce over the terminal as you come in to land and concentrate on getting all the wheels on the ground at the right time. 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 round the world in a matter of minutes. There are hand-made sausages and teriyaki, vegan kidney beans with cardamom seeds and parsley, mini pancakes and hand-crafted ravioli, macaroons and churros, plus freshly made empanadas. Try a classic gravy dinner in one of London’s best pie and mash shops, or make a meal of it with take-outs and ice cream in Greenwich Park. You'll never go hungry in Greenwich – it’s greedy but it’s great.

8) Go underground


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Walk under the river Thames this summer. Impossible? Not in Greenwich! Greenwich Foot Tunnel runs 15 metres (50 feet) under the river from Cutty Sark Gardens next to Cutty Sark, to the Isle of Dogs. The view back across the river towards the Old Royal Naval College and Royal Observatory is spectacular and has hardly changed since Canaletto painted it in the 1700s. The tunnel opened in 1902; was built so that south Londoners could get to work in the docks; is 370 metres (1200ft) long; and has 200,000 white tiles along its length. Spookily, both ends curve upwards so when you’re stood in the middle, the exits disappear (don’t worry, they’re still there).