The Royal Borough of Greenwich sits south of the River Thames and is popular amongst locals and tourists because of the huge array of attractions, from comedy and pubs to parks and markets plus so much more. Here is a list of the top ten things to do in Greenwich.
Situated perfectly in the stunning grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, The Old Brewery is a historic working microbrewery as well as a restaurant, café and bar. Visitors can choose to indulge in rustic homemade dishes, cakes and pastries, hot bistro-style food as well as modern British cooking whilst their refreshments are brewed before them.
Hosting film viewings from the latest blockbusters to foreign movies, arty independents, live streaming of theatre shows, popular classics and special animations for children, the Greenwich Picturehouse offers something for everyone. The independent cinema boasts two restaurants and a bar, and, of course, comfy seats to sink into in front of the big screen.
Being the only one of its kind in the UK, The Fan Museum is uniquely dedicated to honouring the craft and history of fans — with some dating right back to the 12th century and up to contemporary times. Some exhibitions are permanent, with others more temporary, all portraying different themes including politics, fashion, fine art and architecture. Within the enchanting garden room of the museum, The Orangery offers an idyllic space to enjoy afternoon tea, which was voted best value by the Daily Telegraph in 2012.
Dating back to Roman times, Greenwich Park is the most historic of all the Royal Parks in London. There are ample attractions available within the green space, including a wilderness deer park, cafés and incredible views from the London General Wolfe statue across the River Thames to the capital. The park is also part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site.
The quirky comedy club that is Up The Creek offers an intimate setting for an evening of stand-up hilarity followed by a disco, making it a perfect nightspot in Greenwich. Acts that have appeared at the venue include Russell Brand, Russell Howard, Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican and many more.
Located in the heart of Greenwich, the Cutty Sark is a 19th-century tea clipper that now welcomes visitors to hop on-board and to freely tour the ship, following in the footsteps of merchant seaman. Shows and events are on, regularly, below deck in the studio theatre, along with family activities on deck, which are offered throughout the year.
Being one of the quality Off-West End theatres, Greenwich Theatre offers an array of shows available weekly, providing a programme of national and community projects. The theatre is also devoted to providing exclusive educational opportunities for young people through the Greenwich Musical Theatre Academy.
Offering the most delicious Italian-inspired gelato and sorbetto, Black Vanilla offers fresh flavours including salted caramel, white mint, coconut and black cherry to name a few. Refreshing in taste, the sweet treat can be enjoyed come rain or shine — it’s too good to not try out!
Eltham Palace and Gardens is an old, unused Royal Residence — one time being occupied by a youthful Henry VIII. Inside the National Heritage site, elegant Art Deco and wondrous medieval compositions marvel together Tudor history and 1930s designs. The beautiful 19 acres of gardens include plants, flowers and pools of water free-falling in the moat. A café and play area is on offer, and events also run throughout the year.
Established in 1737, Greenwich Market is a historical landmark offering a wide range of things, including crafts, antiques, food, fashion, jewellery, art and beauty. Although design stalls dominate the week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays welcome collectables and crafts. Cuisine inspired from all around the world is also on offer and ready to eat.