Greenwich Area Guide
Famous across the globe where east meets west, Greenwich represents the prime meridian of the world in the courtyard of the Royal Observatory. Rich in history from its maritime past this town in South East London has World Heritage Site status and welcomes tourists from all parts of the world to this thriving local community.
This lovely leafy area is now a Royal Borough in London having been granted royal status in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The Old Royal Naval College is the home of Greenwich University which has a thriving student community which contributes to the relaxed and easy-going vibe of the town.
Greenwich is nestled along the southern banks of the River Thames which hosts some amazing waterside pubs, museums and visitor attractions. Both the town centre and buzzing market square have wonderful pavement cafés, boutique shops and hosts a market that is open 7 days a week. If that’s not enough, you can also head to East Greenwich where the more modern attractions of the O2 and the Emirates Air Line cable car can be found.
The local council invested £20m in regenerating the area at the time of the London Olympics – Greenwich Park played host to the equestrian events which marked another historical point for Greenwich.
Greenwich is a flourishing suburb of London and maintains a quaint rural village feel yet boasts fantastic transport links to London and Canary Wharf which are popular for professionals, first time buyers and families.
Leafy park side neighbourhoods host a range of larger period homes in the Westcombe Park conservation area. To the west of Greenwich Grade II-listed Georgian houses with large gardens, Georgian cottages and Victorian houses, are just some of the wonderful properties you can expect to see in this fascinating area.
A popular choice with families is the Ashburnham Triangle conservation area between Greenwich High Road and Greenwich South Street. Ashburnham Place, Ashburnham Grove, Guildford Grove, Egerton Drive and Devonshire Drive are where you can find Victorian terraces located close to Greenwich DLR and the mainline station.
The North Greenwich area dwindled by the mid 1980s and the peninsula was left largely derelict. Its fortunes changed in the late 90’s when the site was picked as the location for the forma Millennium Dome now called The O2. This stretch of the river known as the Greenwich peninsular had a much-needed investment and here you can find luxury new developments and riverside apartments with spectacular views of the city.
Greenwich with its vast green open spaces might feel hundreds of miles away from busy central London, however it is in Zone 2 and is only 5 miles from the centre of London.
DLR & Train
Cutty Sark and Greenwich DLR Stations are perfect for those looking for an easy commute to Canary Wharf (15 minutes), Bank (22minutes) and Stratford (26 minutes).
Greenwich mainline station has direct trains to London Bridge (11minutes) Cannon Street (17minutes)
North Greenwich station is home to the Jubilee line on the London Underground network and has direct tubes to Canary Wharf (2 minutes) London Bridge (8 minutes), Waterloo (11minutes) and Bond Street (17minutes)
River boat services run from Greenwich Pier (which is adjacent to Greenwich town centre and within walking distance of the all the main attractions) up to central London piers at Westminster Bridge, the Millennium Wheel and the Tower of London, which means you can take in all the sites during summer.
188 to Russell Square and North Greenwich (24hr)
199 to Surrey Quays and Bellingham
N199 to Trafalgar Square (night bus only) and St Mary Cray
N1 to Tottenham Court Road & Thamesmead via Abbey Wood
The riverfront has as abundance of popular landmarks, including historic pubs such as The Trafalgar Tavern, The Gipsy Moth, The Cutty Sark, The Old Brewery, The Guildford Arms and The Vanbrugh to name a few. Further along the river is The Sail Loft, a waterfront pub and restaurant near the New Capital Quay Development.
Davy’s Wine Bar is situated next to Greenwich DLR Station. A traditional style wine bar giving off that charmingly old-fashioned feel. Hungry? They also serve up deliciously fresh food dishes too.
Fancy a laugh with your friends Up the Creek Comedy Club offers up-and-coming talent at open-mic nights, top comedians at Sunday Specials and late discos. Book your tickets and head down there don’t just take our word for it.
Fancy some traditional pie and mash in Greenwich? Goddards at Greenwich serves London’s most traditional meal of pie, mash and liquor.
Greenwich Market, is a historical South London market that specialises in antiques, arts and crafts and some fine foods from all around the world set within a World Heritage Site.
Greenwich Theatre is a 400 seated venue located in the heart of Greenwich with a fantastic selection of shows to choose from.
Greenwich Music Time is a 6-day series of concerts in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College which takes place in July.
Greenwich Picture House – Recently renovated 5 screen cinema showing new releases with a bar and restaurants in the heart of West Greenwich
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is home to the Prime Meridian of the world, at Longitude Zero (0° 0′ 0″)– it’s a big deal as the rest of the world is measured from here. Uncover the history of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and see clocks and timepieces that have literally shaped the world with stunning views of the skyline for the observatory itself.
Odeon IMAX Cinema – Showing blockbusters in 2D & 3D.
The Greenwich Centre is a multi-purpose facility combining local leisure and library services with the latest digital technology, 2 swimming pools including a learner pool for little ones and families, a bright friendly café and a crèche.
Greenwich has a variety of local smaller convenience stores including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Co-Op with a large Waitrose at the New Capital Quay development.
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