An Insiders Guide to Londons Greenwich Neighborhood

Greenwich, London

Greenwich, London

A buzzing neighborhood known for its artisanal market, Greenwich is home to one of London’s best royal parks and boasts a rich maritime heritage. Visiting London’s Greenwich neighborhood is an excellent reason to explore south of the River Thames. Linked to central London by overground train and ferry — and a popular stop on Thames River sightseeing cruises — Greenwich offers a tranquil alternative to the city, with cobbled lanes, waterfront pubs, and a relaxed village atmosphere.

The main highlights of Greenwich can easily be taken in on foot, starting with a stroll around the lively Greenwich Market (daily 10am–5:30pm), where the many street food stalls make a great spot for breakfast. From there, make your way down to the riverside to explore the UNESCO-listed treasures of Maritime Greenwich. Pay a visit to the recently restored Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper; watch the Thames Clippers sail past Greenwich Pier; and admire historic buildings such as Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College, famed for its baroque-style Painted Hall. Nearby, the National Maritime Museum is also well worth a visit, while the museum café is an excellent choice for lunch or afternoon tea.

Spend the afternoon exploring the huge Greenwich park, home to the free Royal Observatory Greenwich. Discover the history of Greenwich Mean Time, stand at the meeting point of two hemispheres on the Prime Meridian Line, and visit London’s only planetarium.

In the evening hours, make your way to the O2 arena in north Greenwich, where you can watch a concert, catch a movie, go bowling or check out one of the many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Alternatively, enjoy the ultimate view of Greenwich and the Thames riverside with a night walk on the roof of the O2 or a thrilling night ride across the Thames on the Emirates Air Line Cable Car.

— Zoe Smith