Things to do in Greenwich

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The Royal Borough of Greenwich (to use its full name) sits on the southern bank of the River Thames in south-east London.

 

It is the same Greenwich that named Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) because this is where hemispheres meet and it is super easy to get to, with great public transport links. But what would you do when you get there? You’re about to find out…

 

The O2

Address: Leamouth Peninsula, SE10 0DX

 

This multi-purpose indoor arena was originally conceived as the Millennium Dome to celebrate the beginning of the third millennium before being converted into one of London’s leading event venues.

 

It is currently the world’s largest building in terms of floor space and the world’s busiest music arena, a title it stole from New York City’s Madison Square Garden in 2008.

 

Although it is relatively young compared to many other arenas its size, opening in 2007, it has hosted many notable moments in popular music.

 

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin played their first concert since 1988 here in 2007, while Roger Waters and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd reunited for the first time here in 2011 to play songs from the band’s classic 1979 album The Wall. It also saw the stage return of Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie in 2013 – her first live performance in 15 years.

 

Today, it continues to attract the most popular acts on the planet so you may be able to take in a concert by one of your favourite bands during your time in London.

 

The O2 also has a cinema, bowling alley, many bars and restaurants, and a Star Wars exhibition (until September 2017), comprising 200 props, models and costumes from the first three films.

 

Tube passengers should take the Jubilee line to North Greenwich Station.

 

Emirates Air Line Cable Car

Address: Emirates Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0FJ

 

This is a breathtaking way of getting over the Thames with unforgettable views of London in a unique setting. The cable cars can accommodate ten people and take around ten minutes to cross the water or five minutes at peak times (7-9am Monday-Friday).

 

After 7pm, you can enjoy extended night flights that can last up to 13 minutes and are accompanied by music and video to enhance the experience.

 

You don’t necessarily have to buy a ticket either; you can use your Oyster Card if you have one.

 

National Maritime Museum

Address: Park Row, SE10 9NF

 

It’s no secret that London has some of the world’s biggest and most brilliant museums and you’ll find one of them in Greenwich.

 

The National Maritime Museum is the largest of its kind in the world with a collection exceeding two million objects, spanning artworks, maps, charts and memorabilia.

 

Most of its galleries are free to enter but you may need to buy tickets for some temporary exhibits.

 

Cutty Sark

Address: King William Walk, SE10 9HT

 

It’s not a coincidence that this legendary 19th-century sailing ship is just a five-minute walk away from the National Maritime Museum; they compliment each other beautifully.

 

The Cutty Sark is one of the most famous ships ever built and was the fastest ship of her time. Today, it remains the world’s only surviving tea clipper and provides insight into what life was like as a seafaring Victorian.

 

As it is elevated by three metres, you can walk directly underneath the vessel and touch the original hull planks and iron framework, which date back to 1869.

 

Greenwich Market

Address: 5b Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ

 

Widely regarded as one of the city’s best covered markets, Greenwich Market has enough space for up to 120 stalls, covering a wide range of different wares.

 

Stalls present depend on what day it is. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays have antiques and collectables, while Wednesday, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays and Bank Holidays have craft and design. It also attracts fashion, art and lifestyle sellers.

 

Greenwich Shopping Park

Address: Bugsby Way, SE7 7ST

 

If you find Oxford Street and Westfield to be too hectic or simply too far away, you’ll find some of the same high street names at this less-frequented retail park.

 

H&M, River Island, Next, New Look, Outfit and Sports Direct tick the fashion box while you’ll be able to grab a bite to eat at Frankie & Benny’s or Costa. Parking is free for three hours and it is open seven days a week with extended opening hours.

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