Located in the South-East of London, this lovely leafy area is one of only four Royal Boroughs in the city. Despite the market-town feel with a close community and plenty of pubs, Greenwich is actually only 5 miles from central London, giving you the best of both worlds. Along with rich links to the past and a fascinating history, this area is also home to some of the most fantastic modern attractions that London has to offer. However, I spent two glorious years living in Greenwich and month after month I’d see tourists marching towards the Royal Observatory (usually asking directions because it’s hidden up a huge hill) and completely ignoring all the other attractions. What about The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Market and the beautiful Cutty Sark ship? Not forgetting all the great places to eat, drink and shop! If that’s not enough, you can also head a little further out of the centre to discover the more modern attractions of the O2 (formerly The Millennium Dome) and Britain’s first urban cable car at the Emirates Air Line. Don’t worry if this is all news to you though – with our guide, you’ll be acting like a local before you know it.
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History of GreenwichPhoto credit: www.en.wikipedia.orgEvidence of life in Greenwich dates all the way back to the Bronze age, when it was was used as a burial site. It was named ‘ Grenewic’ by Viking settlers during the 11th century, and remained a small fishing village until the 15th century when Henry V’s half-brother built Greenwich Palace. It was renamed the Palace of Placentia and extended by further monarchs, until it became the main residence of Tudor kings Henry VII and Henry VIII. Famous monarchs such as Mary I and Elizabeth I were born here, but during the Civil War the palace fell into decay and it was pulled down during the 17th century. The royal connection continued however throughout the centuries, with the creation of the Royal Dockyards and Royal Naval Hospital, and Greenwich was granted Royal Borough status in 2010. The location of Greenwich means it also has a rich naval history which you can delve into at the National Maritime Museum, or if you want to take it even further you can actually study Maritime History at the University of Greenwich! Finally, no history of Greenwich would be complete without mentioning its most famous export – Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, which has been set as the national time standard at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich since 1847.
Cost of renting in GreenwichPhoto credit: www.zoopla.co.ukDespite the popularity and good location of this lovely area, the rent here isn’t as expensive as you might expect. While neighbouring areas of Deptford and Lewisham are definitely more budget-friendly, it is possible to find a nice place within walking distance of the town centre without breaking the bank. Plus, the council tax is some of the cheapest in London! Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £1,100 pcm Most expensive rent for a two-bed flat: £2,708 pcm Average council tax: £981 per year
Transport from GreenwichPhoto credit: www.thetrams.co.ukAlthough the peace and quiet of Greenwich might feel hundreds of miles away from busy central London, this area is actually located in Zone 2 and is only 5 miles from the centre. There’s no tube station, but Greenwich is well served by buses and the Docklands Light Railway, which every true Londoner knows is the best way to travel – if you sit at the front, it feels like you’re driving! Greenwich to Bank takes just 22 minutes on the DLR, making it an ideal place to live for those commuting to the City.
Attractions in Greenwich
Photo credit: www.c3productions.co.uk Ok, ok. If you’re wondering what the obsession with the Royal Observatory is, it’s because Greenwich is home to the Prime Meridian of the world, at 0° Longitude, meaning the rest of the world is measured from here, in navigational terms at least. There’s not too many people who can say they’ve stood with one foot in each hemisphere but you can add that claim to your repertoire with a trip here. Real Astronomers host guided tours of outer space and you can discover astrology’s history in London’s only planetarium. Open daily 10am till 5pm.
Address: Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJPhone: 020 8858 4422King William Walk, London SE10 9HTPhone:020 8858 4422 Address: Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NFPhone: 020 8858 4422 27 Western Gateway, London E16 1BWPhone: +44 0342221234 www.londonvenueguide.com Originally The Millennium Dome, the O2 offers a breathtaking ninety minute expedition to the top of the stadium where you can enjoy 360° views of London on top of one of the city’s best entertainment venues. Inside you’ll find all sorts of entertainment on offer, from Bryans Adams concerts to WWE Wrestling!
Greenwich Foot TunnelThe tunnel connects Greenwich on the south of the Thames with the Isle of Dogs at the north of the Thames and is considered a public highway, opened 24 hours a day! It’s also part of the UK’s National Cycle Route 1.
Address: Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DXPhone: 020 8463 2000
Free YogaShake off those hangovers and shed your PJ’s, the sun is shining! What better way to wake up than to yoga on beautiful Greenwich Park? There’s a donation-based yoga session (run by Dulce, the instructor) at 10am – usually around the bandstand. After you’re done, walk into town and go grab a coffee and a pastry at one of the pretty coffee shops, then eat it outside the Trinity College of Music to listen to the students inside doing weekend practice! Address: Greenwich Park, London, SE10Phone: 0300 061 2380
Restaurants in Greenwich
Address: 5 College Approach, London SE10 9HYPhone: 020 8858 3283
Address: National Maritime Museum, Romney Rd, London SE10 9NFPhone: 020 8312 851693 Trafalgar Rd, Greenwich SE10 9TSPhone: 020 8858 0918
Address: 22 King William Walk SE10 9HUPhone: 020 8305 9612
Address: 19 Greenwich South Street,Greenwich, London SE10 8NWPhone: 020 825 5060
Shopping in GreenwichShopping in Greenwich is dominated by two markets; Greenwich Market and Clocktower Market. This are also offers some interesting of independent shops and emporiums, with great bric-a-brac shops and antique boutiques in particular.
Address: Greenwich Market, 5b Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZPhone: 020 8269 5096Address: 166 Greenwich High Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 8NN
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