10 Things To Do In Greenwich London

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I thought I would put together a list of 10 things to do in London’s Greenwich Village. Since moving from Greenwich and into central London I don’t really visit this part of London as much I used to when I lived just around the corner from most the places below. When the sun is out in London Greenwich Village is the place to be. Think views of the city, beautiful park, bustling restaurants with river views and historical buildings beaming with a charm that you will want to spend a full day here. Just bring a picnic basket and find a spot on the green. Most people when visiting London only concentrate on the London Eye, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Pauls and a few other places that they few are the perfect tourist spots to hit up. That goes for other Londoners too, if you haven’t been to Greenwich or London Greenwich Village as its called now, then you need to check it out. Other than getting yourselves food most things to see and do in this part are all free.

10 Things To See and Do In Greenwich Village

1. Visit The Cutty Sark

The last of the 19th Century tea-clippers. The Cutty Sark was resorted and reopened only  2 years ago. It was the finest and fastest ship of its day and now sits by the river side just as you get off the boat at the pier, you will have a view of this beautiful ship in your view. You can walk right underneath the boat too.

Cutty Sark Opening Hours: 10am-5pm – Monday to Sunday.

Entrance Costs: £13.50 for adults and £7 for children.

 

2. Explore The GMT Line – Greenwich Observatory

Founded in 1675 by Charles II in aid of promoting safer navigation. It contains astronomical instruments as well as many items of interest. One of the Observatory’s towers features a red time ball that drops at 1pm every days, a device originally intended to enable vessels in the river to regulate their chronometers. This is also where you will find the zero meridians of longitude, dividing the world into eastern and western halves.

Greenwich Observatory Opening Hours: 10am-5pm – Monday to Sunday

Entrance Costs: £7 for adults and £2.50 for adults.

 

3. Visit The The Queen’s House

The Palladian mansion that sit right next to the Maritime Museum. A masterpiece. Famous for its tulip stairs and a superb collection of fine art with Greenwich Park as its garden you don’t have further to walk for your next attraction. Entry is FREE!

Queens House Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm – Monday to Sunday

Entrance Costs: Free.

 

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Tulip stairs inside Queens House

 

4.Greenwich Naval College

No visit to Greenwich is complete without visiting the Greenwich Naval College. The beautiful PaintedHall and Chapel are all places that are a must-see. The college sits on the grounds that were occupied by the palace belonging to Edward I and later Henry VII. It’s also where Henry VII was born, where Catherine of Aragon and Anne Cleves were born. This place later became a hospital for sick and disabled seamen while Christopher Wren(the architect who also built St Paul’s Cathedral), went on to build a new palace. With that much history, this is not a place to pass up. It also helps that its FREE to explore!

Greenwich Naval College Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm – Monday to Friday

Entrance Costs: Free

Greenwich Naval College

Greenwich Painted Hall - Naval College

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5.Check Out The Greenwich Markets and Shops

Greenwich market has been trading since the 1700s, now a popular and bustling market with homemade food stalls, flowers, books, young and upcoming designers, one of whom is close friend of mine whose brand has blossomed. You can now find her closes on ASOS or her website at Sika Designs.

Greenwich Market Opening Times: 10 am to 5.30pm – Monday to Sunday.

Entrance Costs: Free

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6.Climb The O2 Dome

An iconic building in London, previously known as the Millenium Dome has been transformed from one of the most hated capital buildings(due to how much money the government threw at it). Now a plush hall housing many restaurants, in addition, to be used for concerts, exhibitions, and live sports. What most people don’t know is that you can now climb to the top of the building for a little exhilarating adventure in the city. Free to explore the dome but pretending to be spiderman and climbing the dome costs about £25, also wise to book in advance as there are no special treatments for superheroes. For more on events at the O2, how to get there, and details on restaurant and more check out The O2 website.

Climb The O2 Opening Hours: 10 am to 7 pm – Monday to Sunday

Entrance Costs/For The Climb: £30-40

You can now climb during the day and after sunset and see London’s Skyline at twilight. For more on check out the Up The O2.

 

7. Check Out Greenwich Gastronomy  – The Food Scene

If you haven’t tried the freshly made food at the market then start with that. You will food interesting combinations of cupcake flavours to tasty Asian food there but once the markets close your have a choice of restaurants to choose from. From your global chains like Nandos, Pizza Express to Greenwich’s own famous. I could name names but I will let Time Out’s post on Restaurants in Greenwich give your details.

 

8. National Maritime Museum

The museum houses the world’s largest collection of navy artifacts; ranging from Tudor to Stuart times. These can be found in the museum and the Queens House. There is a huge interactive map of the world used to detail details of some of the famous events in naval history.

Greenwich Naval College

9. Ride The Emirates Airline Cable Cars

Crossing the river has never been more fun. This is London’s only cable cars crossing the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks. The flight lasts 10 minutes with cars living and arriving every 30 seconds. You can use your oyster cards here. It’s £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for children. They also offer other experiences that cost a little bit more. (If you are heading to Cutty Sark by boat, you can stop here first by boat  and pick up the same boat to Cutty Sark for the rest of this list.)

For more information of location and opening times for Emirates Airline Cable Cars, check the Transport For London site.

Emirates Cable Car Journey Map

10. Have A Picnic in Greenwich Park

Greenwich park covers 183 acres of land and one of London’s oldest parks among the eight Royal Parks. Open from 6am until late in the evening so its perfect for morning strolls, picnics and even better for watching the sunsets with views into the city. You also have the Old Royal Observatory, Ranger’s House with the Werner Collection of Jewellery, paintings and silverware.

Transport | How To Get To London’s Greenwich Village?

How do you get to Greenwich Village? You can get here by DLR trains, there are plenty of buses from central London or my personal preference is by boat! Take the boat and get off at Cutty Sark and begin your exploring. If you are exploring central London, you can pick up the MNBA boat from Westminster, St Pauls/Tate Modern Pier, London Bridge and Tower Castle Pier. If you want to explore London by boat then I would suggest getting a ticket that allows you to hop on and hop off. This way you can explore most of the major spots mentioned all by boat. For more on the MBNA Thames Clipper boats and the piers to visit get on click on the link for further information. MBNA Thames Clippers provide commuters and sightseers with a unique way to travel around the capital.
For more on getting to Greenwich Village by bus, train, cable car boat from central London and from the airport including journey times check out the Visit London’s guide on how to get to Greenwich.

Other Places To Visit In Greenwich Village 

If time allows there are other gems to check out in London’s Greenwich Village, beyond the 1o above.

  • Fan Museum – Visit the only museum in the UK devoted to the history of fans and the art of fan making.  The Fan Museum is home to a diverse collection of fans from around the world, dating from the 12th century to the present day. Read more here.
  • Eltham Palace and Gardens – A showpiece of Art Deco design and part medieval royal palace Eltham Palace was created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. The Gardens are a full 19 acres of glorious rolling green and bloom and well worth an afternoon all to themselves. There are often exciting events for kids and adults during the year. Read more here.
  • Thames Barrier – The Thames Barrier spans 520 meters across the River Thames near Woolwich, and it protects 125 square kilometers of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges.  More here.

 

Visiting Greenwich Village With Kids

If you are visiting London with kids London Greenwich Village is a must. Cutty Sark, Greenwich Observatory, markets and the huge park for them to run around in is always a winner! Not to mention adding the MNBA boat ride into the itinerary. To help you plan a family outing in Greenwich check out ‘Family day out in Greenwich‘ page on Visit London.

Nearest Airport to London’s Greenwich Village

London City Airport is within earshot of Greenwich and a lot easier and quicker to get to than Heathrow or Gatwick. There are flights to 35 European cities from London City Airports. So if you are visiting from Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain or France, this airport is super easy and you have access to beautiful surrounds. Its cheaper in Greenwich than staying in the middle of London. You have access to buses, DLR trains, and boat services right at the doorstep many other tourist sights in Central London. This area is also popular for people coming to London on business as Canary Wharf and City are an easy commute from here. For flights leaving or landing at London’s City Airport check out one of my favourite flight search sites Kayak. You can even filter it down the airport and select ‘LCY’ for London City Airport.

 

 

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30 Comments

  1. I have lived in London. I have visited London as a tourist God only knows how many times. I regularly go and I have yet to make to Greenwich. I wouldn’t have even known just where is Greenwich in London. Defintely had no idea there was so much to do in Greenwich London. Shame on me. You made me want to go!

  2. August 18, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    These pics are amazing! We are currently thinking to work through the things to do in Greenwich list you have highlighted. Just wanted to ask if the Greenwich London ferry or boat services to Greenwich are better to travel by train to Greenwich.

  3. August 19, 2015 / 3:24 am

    I haven't been to Greenwich but would love to check it out! The views from Greenpark in London look great and the markets sound like something I'd love to visit! Can you tell me if the Greenwich London nightlife is fairly decent there?

  4. Wow, this place is stunning!! :O I have yet to visit London but planning a visit next summer. We are definitely adding Greenwich Market in London on the list. Your pictures are amazing, thank you for sharing! We are going to be visiting London for about 5 days, can you recommend the best hotels in Greenwich London?

    • September 4, 2015 / 8:48 am

      Oh then you must definitely come soon! I love this part of London. Th beautiful views from Greenwich park, museums, markets and restaurants. Love the bustle to it. Definitely a place you should check out.

  5. August 24, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Greenwich is such a lovely area of London, I love the view from the observatory. Not been on the cable cars yet but we can't wait to get back down south and try it out!

    • September 4, 2015 / 8:49 am

      Yeap. Definitely a great way to cross the Thames. Plus the views are great too. Nearest station is North Greenwich and its just behind so easily accessible.

  6. June 26, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    We don't often stray far away from North and East london but should definitely check out Greenwich – it looks like there's so many beautiful and exciting things to do in Greenwich. Do you know if there are good places to park in Greenwich?

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  7. Samantha - cutty sark greenwich restaurants
    September 15, 2018 / 8:21 am

    We are going to be spending a lot of time in Greenwich. I just wanted to ask if you can recommend any cutty sark Greenwich restaurants nearby?

    • October 6, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Samantha, there are so many restaurants near Cutty Sark that its hard to choose. There is the Greenwich market with plenty of food stalls, there are cafes and restaurants to choose from whether you are vegetarian, vegan or meat eater. You will have plenty to try out.

  8. Dimitarsn - hotels near cutty sark greenwich
    September 15, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Hi Bee, we are going to be exploring Greenwich and probably working through your list of things to do in Greenwich London. Just wanted to check if you know any hotels near Cutty Sark Greenwich? I believe that the Cutty Sark is also close to the Greenwich Museum, right?

    • October 6, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Hi, yes there are a couple of hotels near Cutty Sark in fact only walking distance. Majority of the things to do in Greenwich are close by as are hotels. There it is a Novotel near Cutty Sark also in terms of getting around and to Greenwich you also have the cutty sark Greenwich pier close by so you can arrive by ferry too.

  9. Than - royal museums greenwich venue hire
    September 15, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    Hey, this is a bit of a random question but would you know if royal museums greenwich venue hire is available for the museum?

    • October 6, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Hi Than, I dont know if the royal museums greenwich venue hire is possible but I know the Queens House which is next to the Greenwich museum and is just as beautiful, does do venue hire for weddings if thats what you need it for?

  10. Tipplerer - royal museums greenwich discount code
    September 19, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Hi, I am booking lots of ticket for a group trip. Just wanted to check if you know of any royal museums greenwich discount codes? We are hoping to save some money as we are a group of 20 people.

    • October 6, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Hi, I cant say I am aware of any site that have royal museums greenwich discount codes but the museum does offer group tickets so you may be able to get some money off.

  11. Rima - royal observatory greenwich tickets
    September 20, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Hi Bee, do you know if we are able to get the royal observatory greenwich tickets in advance?? Thank so much.

    • October 6, 2018 / 8:20 pm

      Hi Rima, I actually not use if you can get the royal observatory greenwich tickets in advance. I have found that this is not really necessary as we the queues are not that bad. Just check the royal observatory greenwich opening times if you are worried about missing out but seriously, you will be fine.

  12. Thorus - Free Things To Do In Greenwich London
    September 20, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Hi Bee, thank your for such an amazing list of things to do in Greenwich. Wondering if you can recommend some free things to do in Greenwich London?

    • October 6, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      Hi, there, many of the things to do in Greenwich village London above are free. The Queens Hours, The Market, The Naval college. Those are all free things to do in Greenwich. There are plenty more things to do in the area including plenty of things to do in Greenwich at night.

  13. Sam P.
    October 3, 2018 / 1:21 am

    Stunning pictures! Thanks for sharing all of this information. Traveling from London to the Greenwich Village to see the Eltham Palace and Gardens sounds like a fun adventure, one I’m definitely adding to my itinerary. My trip to London is coming up, so it is timely that I found this article. Do you know of any Greenwich London rentals perfect for short vacations?

    • October 6, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Hi Sam, yes, have a look at Airbnb and booking.com as there are plenty of rentals in Greenwich that are perfect for a vacation in London. There are amazing flats and apartments in Greenwich to choose from.

  14. Tony - greenwich london museum
    October 4, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Just stumbled on your blog while searching for the Greenwich London museum. I had no idea there were plenty of things to do in Greenwich. Just wondering, is Greenwich London safe to visit?

    • October 6, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      Tony, Greenwich is such a beautiful part of London. There are so many things to do in Greenwich and its well worth checking out as you are already searching for details on Greenwich museum. As far as safety, yes, this part of Greenwich is really safe. You can even opt to stay here as it may be cheaper than majority of central places in London. There are plenty of Greenwich London flats and apartments to rent. Plenty of nightlife and touristy things to do in Greenwich. Also easy and quick to get into London via the fast MNBA ferries.

  15. November 3, 2018 / 2:18 am

    Wow, wow, wow, your photos of Greenwich London are amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Patricia
    January 4, 2019 / 9:18 pm

    I have never been to London before but I am a DIY tourist and all this information is simply incredible. Greenwich is such a beautiful place with so many things to do in Greenwich borough. I would love to visit one this year. When would be the best time of the year?

    • January 9, 2019 / 8:26 pm

      By far the best time to visit London is in the summer when there is little to no rain. Greenwich in London has to be up there with many of the tourist places to visit in London. I am sure you will love it.

  17. Moya
    January 6, 2019 / 1:24 am

    These are some amazing places that I would love to visit if I were to ever visit Greenwich. The history sites are very beautiful. I like the fact that you not only gave historic information but also some general information that a clueless person like me would want to know.

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