Explore Historic Greenwich

Explore the rich history and colourful present of London's Greenwich. Take a look at the latest edition of our Discover London Neighbourhoods brochure to find out more about Greenwich and other London Neighbourhoods.

Morning: Maritime Greenwich

With its rich history and lively atmosphere, Greenwich makes for a fantastic day out. At the heart of this Royal Borough is Maritime Greenwich, a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site, which comprises the historic town centre, Royal Park and its many top attractions, such as the magnificent Old Royal Naval College.

Stand astride the Prime Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory, so you have one foot in the East and one in the West; then learn fascinating facts about Britain's seafaring history at the National Maritime Museum; before admiring the fine art collection at Queen's House, a lovely example of Palladian architecture designed by Inigo Jones in 1616.

The bustling streets of the town centre have many restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a spot of lunch. An ideal option for groups is the tempting international menu at Elements Restaurant, which has something for everyone. 

Afternoon: Greenwich Market and Emirates Air Line

After lunch, wander the cobbled grounds of Greenwich Market. From Tuesday to Sunday, you'll find stallholders selling everything from handcrafted items to antiques and collectables - depending on which day you visit - as well as independent shops and boutiques, some of which are open all week. 

Walk a few metres from the market and you'll find yourself in the shadow of the world's only surviving tea clipper. Built in 1869, the Cutty Sark has been in residence in Greenwich for almost 50 years. Explore her rich history and then marvel as you stand directly beneath the ship to view the elegant lines of the gleaming hull that made Cutty Sark the fastest and greatest of her time.

Pick up the Thames Clipper boat (RB1) from Greenwich to North Greenwich, where you can glide 295 feet above the Thames on the Emirates Air Line. The cable car trip takes six minutes and if you pay using your Oyster card, you'll save 25 per cent.

Evening: The O2 and Greenwich

For dinner, you can either take the boat back to Greenwich or stay in North Greenwich. The choice is yours!

In North Greenwich, you'll find plenty of options inside The O2. As well as world-class concerts and shows, this iconic dome plays host to a huge selection of restaurants, from Brazilian steakhouse Rodizio Rico to Italian favourite Zizzi's

While back in Greenwich, great dining options include Rivington Grill for delicious, seasonal British cuisine and the elegant North Pole Piano Restaurant for modern European specialities.