Greenwich-The Home of Time
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is overlooked for accommodation options, yet its location and tourism offering is superb for a few days in London!
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was adopted around the world in 1856 and The Observatory tells the story, allowing you to straddle the hemispheres with one foot in the East and other in the Western hemispheres. Perched on the hill, in Greenwich Park, the view over London reaches for miles -so make sure your phones/camera’s are charged.
Wander down through the park into the world’s first Fan Museum, with a collection celebrating the making of fans, spanning over 3,000 years. By now you are perfectly located to explore Maritime Greenwich, which changes its exhibits regularly; right now art lovers can catch Turner’s “Battle of Trafalgar” painting or traditionalists can capture life at the English seaside-a fascinating look at a favourite pastime with fabulous imagery throughout the ages. For true art and architecture-admirers, the perfectly proportioned Queen’s House was completed in 1626 and now houses remarkable art by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Turner.
Greenwich Market is a hotspot for tourist with its artisan foods and local stallholders selling unique (often hand-made) crafts. It’s a great place for “gifts with a difference” and prices are perfectly affordable.
Moving further towards the River Thames, get a taste of ocean life aboard the Cutty Sark-once of the oldest and fastest tea clippers in the world. Experience taking the helm, compare the quarters of sailors with officers, learn about sailing around the world-but do finish off with a sumptuous afternoon tea in the café, with hot, fresh scones lathered in cream and jam
And here you are-at The River Thames. There are sightseeing trips, fast catamarans that will whisk you towards the City and in a very short time (after all, it’ only 3 miles to Tower of London!). Sightseeing along the River is very special for first time or regular visitors alike, and slows you to see our historic architecture sitting beside iconic landmarks that line the riverbanks.
There is so much to see and do in Greenwich, distilleries to tour, pubs serving traditional ales, cafes and restaurants selling an array of foods-yet within such easy reach of some of tourist sites well-recognised by visitors. For groups looking to stay locally yet try new experiences, we even have the UK’s oldest smoked-fish factory where you tour and taste, or try your hand at cooking in cooking in Billingsgate Market. We have some very special attractions in store for you