The Emirates Air Line Cable car provides fantastic views over the capital as you glide across the Thames. Operating between Greenwich Peninsula, near the O2, to the Royal Docks, you get panoramic views across London for a different viewing experience.
Cabins arrive every 10 seconds, with the journey lasting 10 minutes. During these frequent crossings the London skyline will open out before you. This is a novel way to cross the river and if you do the return trip you will see the views from another perspective too.
There is always something happening on The Jetty. Formerly active in receiving coal for a nearby power station, today it hosts live music, events, workshops and so much more. With a focus on gardening and being green, it’s a beautiful, eco-friendly space to visit with stunning views over the river Thames.
If you fancy being green-fingered, you can pop by and volunteer for the day – they welcome all ages and abilities. It’s a wonderful place to get stuck in with an activity and if you fancy it, The Vagabond Café on the Peninsula’s Floating Garden is a lovely place to grab a bite to eat.
The only ‘local’ pub in the vicinity of the O2, The Pilot is a cosy little bar and restaurant, has lots of outside seating, good food and is reasonably priced if you fancy a traditional pub experience as an alternative to the chains of restaurants that dominate the area.
The Old Royal Naval College is a site to behold. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was the birthplace of British Tudor monarchs including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I in its hospital days.
Various areas are free of charge to enter, but you can book guided tours to take you deeper into the college, including a tour of the Painted Hall Ceilings.
You can get up close and watch the painstaking restoration work of the conservatists as they continue to recondition the artwork of Sir James Thornhill, which took just under 20 years to paint and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. It’s truly fabulous and has to be seen!
For a yummy bite to eat in idyllic surroundings, head to The Old Brewery.
Located within the grounds of The Royal Naval College, you can eat and drink in either the gorgeous restaurant or on the large outdoor terrace, taking in the perfect, uninhibited views of the local architecture and surrounding buildings.
Perfect for a summer’s day!
The O2 is known worldwide as a large performance venue for the world’s best artists when in London, but did you know there is so much more you can do there? Formerly known as the Millennium Dome, it’s become a hive of activity and events and there will always be something going on when you visit as it is a leading entertainment venue in London.
You can pay to go ‘Up at the O2’, whereby you climb across the top of the dome. This is a great way to get some panoramic views and pictures of London, but isn’t for the faint of heart, as it involves heights and lots of climbing!
The O2 has a variety of bars and restaurants and other activities to discover; Indigo nightclub (a huge club venue), bowling, shopping and a cinema. You can even pretend you’re a Sky News presenter in the Sky studios, completely free of charge. It’s a great place to wander round and explore, especially on a rainy day, which there are lots of in London!
The East Greenwich Pleasaunce is a tranquil little tree-lined garden, and a cemetery for 3000 sailors who died at the Royal Hospital Greenwich and whose remains had to be moved due to the creation of a new railway line.
It’s a historical site that today boasts a children’s playground, a memorial area providing information about the sailors and how the bodies were moved, a café and toilet facilities.
The various species of trees make this a wonderfully peaceful area to take a stroll and relax in Greenwich and owing to its horticulture, it has retained a Green Flag Award, namely an award for being a publicly accessible and green space.
Completely free to enter, except for some paid exhibitions, this museum is the home of the history of the British Royal Navy.
There are so many remarkable items and curios to see, you’ll be entertained for hours on end.
Kids can get hands on in the interactive galleries and there is a gorgeous café and terrace with magnificent views of Greenwich Park.
For a small entry fee you can explore this stunning Georgian villa on the border of Greenwich park. Home to the private art collection of Julius Wernher, it is one of the biggest private collections in Europe.
Jewellery, Renaissance paintings, sculptures and portraits add to the cultural and historical significance of this villa. Home to politicians and royals until the 20th century, there is an extensive past to uncover and so much to see.
Quirky your thing? Like Italian food? Want to take some fabulous pictures against interesting back drops? You have to visit the Prince of Greenwich Museum Pub.
This Victorian inn offers a cosy, warm and welcoming environment, great value food and live music on selected days, with some interesting items on display for your viewing pleasure.
The NOW Gallery is a free to enter exhibition space in Greenwich Peninsula.
Showcasing contemporary art, design and fashion, their modern and unconventional pieces and installations can also be seen dotted around Greenwich.
For a reasonable fee, you can take a tour of the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich.
The tour gives you a look at the brewers at work and their processes and, to top it all off you can enjoy a beer tasting afterwards. The tour takes around 1.5 hours and is a great way to end a day in Greenwich, or begin a night out!
If comedy is your thing then check out Up The Creek Comedy Club.
Giving up and coming comedians a platform, tickets are inexpensive and it’s a great value night out and good for a giggle.
Set appropriately on the Thames, with stunning views across the water, The Trafalgar Tavern is a quintessentially British pub, serving up great food in a beautiful setting.
Dating back to 1837, a life size statue of Lord Nelson stands proudly outside, and within you will find beautiful paintings and artworks that reflect the significance of this inn within British naval history.
There are benches outside so you can drink against the backdrop of the river, or simply relax inside by one of the bay windows as you marvel at the sights within the tavern’s cosy atmosphere.
You can walk deep underneath the Thames through the Greenwich foot tunnel. Over 100 years old, it links Greenwich to the Isle of Dogs and is free to enter and use.
Originally opened in 1902 to serve as an alternative path for the working class to cross the river as the ferry was so expensive, it remains a popular route for tourists crossing today.
With jazz performances every day of the week, the best musicians and jam sessions three times a week, Oliver’s is a brilliant jazz bar, a great night out and entry is really reasonable.
The atmosphere is fantastic and during the winter months you can get cosy by the open fire as you tap away to some classic, funky jazz beats. A hidden gem, it’s a definite for lovers of jazz.
In situ in Greenwich since St Alfege was martyred at the site in 1012, visitors are welcome to explore the church and take photographs completely free of charge.
Whilst respectability is expected, it’s a friendly environment and you’ll be offered a warm welcome to this historical site.
The views from Greenwich Park are a sight to behold. The oldest of the Royal Parks, this glorious landscape is steeped in history.
It’s a wonderful location to take a picnic or go for a peaceful stroll, and you might even see a deer or two!
Within the park, you’ll find Queen Elizabeth’s Oak. With its ‘roots’ in the twelfth century, legend has it that this oak tree was once a favourite resting spot of royals throughout British history.
The tree fell some time ago, but you can still visit the trunk which remains in situ in its original spot.
Close to the O2 is the exclusive Eighteen Sky Bar offering a very upmarket experience in its luxurious surroundings.
The bar boasts incredible views of the skyline, especially if the outside bar is open, as the glass panels allow uninhibited views across Canary Wharf from a prime viewpoint.
Fancy nosing round the Queen’s House? Of course you do and you can visit it for free in Greenwich. Completed in 1636, it’s full of collections of world renowned art to explore, and you might even encounter a ghost as the house is said to be haunted!
This sprawling mansion has pillared walkways either side which make for some great photographic moments. Stunning both inside and out, there are masses of historical facts to uncover about its royal occupants, the architecture and the items held within.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift, something memorable to take home or just fancy browsing the weird and wonderful, The Clock Tower Market is definitely for you!
Vintage clothing, retro items and even war paraphernalia is available here amongst antiques and other quirky items.
A smaller market place, you can browse the wares of 50 stallholders in this funky little environment. You really never know what you’ll find!
Located by the O2, the Clipper Bar staff serve up beautiful, tasty cocktails in its elegant surroundings.
With stunning views across Canary Wharf, it’s a great place to grab a drink – you can even experience one of their unique G&T’s created from their exclusive clipper gin, a must for seafaring fans.
In the heart of Greenwich sits Greenwich Theatre.
Regularly hosting performances of old and new productions, it’s well worth seeing who or what is on when you visit. At Christmas they’re well known for putting on the best pantomimes.
A little hidden oasis in a built up area, Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park spans four acres of urban wetland. Free to enter, you can explore the park, the visitor centre and chat to the volunteers about the important work they’re doing.
Not only is the park vital to the regeneration of the Greenwich peninsula, it’s a beautiful relaxing space to unwind and gather your thoughts. Kids will love exploring the various species of insects and plants that inhabit the area and you may well learn something, too!
A great way to explore Greenwich and learn all about its history is by taking part in one of the Greenwich Treasure Trails.
Purchasing one booklet is enough for a group of 5-6 people, and it’s a fun way to get to know the area whilst trying to make your way to the hidden treasure! The trail is 2.5 miles long and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace during the day.
Whatever age you are, you’ll be sure to have a great time taking part whilst learning some interesting information about the area and all that’s in it!
Part of a local nature reserve, this beautifully landscaped park containing grassland and woodlands is a little gem. Known for its animal enclosures the park is an ideal place to enjoy a family day out. Sheep, goats, ducks, geese, pigs and chickens can be found here as well as deer.
Explore the park at your own leisure or take one of the tours, where the children can feed and interact with the animals. Set within a valley with streams running through the woods, this park is a peaceful haven amid the city.
Explore the world of the commercial airliner at the Emirates Aviation Experience, the first exhibition of its kind. Set over 300 square meters, state of the art technology and engaging interactive displays show you what it takes to run a modern-day airline business.
Take to the skies in one of their four flight simulators. Never flown before? Not a problem, as no prior experience is required. Led by an instructor you will learn the necessary basics to take-off and land the plane within a replica of a real cockpit.
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time. Established in 1851, you can actually stand on the Meridian Line in the courtyard here. There is a reasonable entry fee, however if you just want to observe the building you can get up close free of charge.
The Royal Observatory is also home to Peter Harrison’s Planetarium, where you can see spectacular informative shows and relax in your chair looking up at the stars. There are even specific shows for children making it a great place to visit on a rainy day.
With stalls and stalls of wonderful people selling wonderful items including crafts, clothes, antiques and so much more, Greenwich Market is a fun and vibrant day out. Vendors offer every type of street food you could imagine from hot scotch eggs, to churros, to South African quiches; there is something for everyone.
Boutique shops line the walkways and there’s a great pub inside the covered market, The Coach and Horses, serving reasonable drinks and pub grub so you can relax and enjoy the sites, smells, live music and buzzing atmosphere, right in the heart of Greenwich Market.
The world’s first museum dedicated to fans (no, not Beliebers or 1Directioners), this museum is reasonably cheap to enter and boasts stunning displays of fans past and present.
The elegant orangery is available as a walk-in service for afternoon tea – it’s well worth checking out if you fancy a bit of decadence.