Greenwich. It is the home of time, possesses a myriad of historic royal ties and panoramic views of London. What more could you ask for in a borough?
I keep meaning to do these area round-ups as a series, but always seem to be distracted. So far I’ve managed to sneak in an ode to Marylebone, a gastronomic guide to Kings Cross and a literal meander through the mossy pathways of Richmond Park.
So I had to sneak in something in the Eastern suburbs of London, it’s only fair. These are a few of the places I’ve loved visiting over the years, but I know that there are so many more.
1/ Visit the original Prime Meridien
The line in Greenwich represents the historic Prime Meridian of the World – Longitude 0º. Every place on Earth was measured in terms of its distance east or west from this line. The line itself divided the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth – just as the Equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres. (Nerd fact of the day: in 1984 the Prime Meridian was voted as having moved 102.5m to the east of the historic Medirian.)
2/ Taking in the Old Royal Naval College Painted Ceiling Hall Tour
Essentially, the beautifully painted Baroque murals of the Old Royal Naval College are being cleaned and the white mould removed in an effort to preserve them for future generations. The unique experience they are offering whilst this is happening is for the general public to get up close and personal on guided tours with the incredible murals painted in the 1700s.
3/ This staircase at the Queens House
The accompanying gallery is really interesting too, but let’s be honest, look at that curve.
One would quite like a staircase of this beauty in one’s own home, even if one is not Queen of England. In the meantime time, visiting shall suffice. Maybe. . . . #lovelondon #latergram #ihavethisthingwithspiralstaircases #Greenwich #lookuplondon #londonbylondoners #london_enthusiast #spiralstaircase #queen #royalfamily #dametraveller #blue #tulips #londonhistory #travel #London #london🇬🇧 #travelblogger #wanderlust #LoveGreatBritain #visitlondon #palaces #prettycitylondon #pursuepretty #prettylittlelondon #theprettypursuit #twilight #sunset #spirals
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4/ Visit the National Maritime Museum
Historic celebrities, pirate (chasing) ships, enormous maps of the world and half-naked ladies. Are you there yet?
5/ Admire and Explore the Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the River Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development, which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion. Now, it’s a popular trap for Children and their parents – but well worth a visit.
6/ Greenwich Observatory
Take a post-prandial walk up to the Greenwich Observatory for stunning views, for a really interesting astronomical exhibition and stick around for out of this world stargazing events. (Their words, not mine.)
Take a turn through the grounds of the Greenwich Naval College before giving into the temptation of a picnic. No need to plan – you could pick something up from the Greenwich Market…
8/ Take in the unique views.
And, when the sun hits the yardarm, a refreshing beverage is available from a variety of establishments to celebrate…
9/ Catch the ferry back into London
You could jump back onto the DLR, or you could hop onto the ferry service with some of the most iconie views in the world – Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the London Eye, Big Ben… Up to you… I’d especially recommend this at sunset.
Yep, just call me a perma-tourist.
Have you been? What have I missed?
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