Both my mum and I love long and lazy Sunday mornings and like to have plenty of coffee before we do anything. After two big cups of muddy drink and a long chat we agreed to take a river taxi and sail to Greenwich.
Sunday is not a good day for travelling around London on the tube, too many engineering works and disruptions. Therefore we took an overground train from Brockley to Blackfriars and boarded the Thames Clipper at the Bankside boarding point.
The Thames Clipper
I love the Thames Clipper, it’s fast, efficient and much cheaper than a tourist boat. To get to Greenwich you simply need to take a boat sailing eastbound towards Royal Arsenal Woolwich.
Greenwich – a stroll along the river
After a breezy and speedy but very enjoyable journey, we reached sunny Greenwich. With iced coffee in hand we soon were strolling along the river. If you walk far enough, you will reach the Trafalgar pub. have a drink there by the river.
Old Royal Naval College
I really love the Old Royal Naval College, it’s so beautiful. It looks especially lovely from the Greenwich Observatory, but it’s very touristy up there.
One Tree Hill
Instead of climbing the steep hill to reach the Greenwich Observatory, look for One Tree Hill, the views from there are as beautiful and it’s less crowded.
The Painted Hall
One of the reason we came to Greenwich was because of The Painted Hall, otherwise known as the finest dining place in Europe. Originally the place was designed as an eating area for the Royal Navy veterans, but now it’s open to the public as well as used for prestigious events and weddings. I love coming up the large marble stairs and study the paintings on the walls and ceiling.
For lunch we popped into the Greenwich market. Touristy, yes, but the place serves some good food. The market sells take away food which is perfect really on a nice summer’s day. Sometimes eating lovely food on the grass in the sunshine, surrounded by beautiful scenery is the best thing ever!
Right behind the Naval College sits the beautiful Queens House – a former Royal residence. We strolled through the beautiful archway and had a closer look at the Titanic Memorial Garden, facing the Royal Observatory, the garden is only tiny, but the flowers are beautiful.
After a slow walk we found ourselves taking pictures next to the restored Cutty Sark – the last such tea clipper to be built, she was also the fastest British tea clipper. Even though the views are beautiful from the deck, in my humble opinion, it’s too expensive to visit this attraction.
Next to the Cutty Sark, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel was sinking in the sea of wild flowers. The tunnel underneath the river links Greenwich with the Isle of Dogs, do have a walk through it, it’s very cool.
The Cutty Sark Pub
No, it’s not near the Cutty Sark museum, it’s a little stroll away, but the stroll is nice, I promise. It might take you around 10-15 minutes to get there, depending on how fast or slow you walk, just follow the river. Past the Trafalgar pub you will soon see lots of people sitting on the river wall. That’s the Cutty Sark pub.
When I lived on the Isle of Dogs, just opposite Greenwich and walked out to my balcony, I could see crowds of people sitting on the wall sipping drinks. And that’s exactly what my mum and I did, cheers!
I really love Greenwich and miss it since we moved. And even though it’s a bit of a pain to get here sometimes (unless I cycle), I still make the effort to come here from time to time.
What’s your favourite thing in Greenwich?