I’m currently in the middle of a love affair with Britain. For some reason this year I’ve spent so much more time exploring my home. Check out my previous UK post here. So when I headed to London with my parents for the Athletics World Cup I suggested that we spend a day in Greenwich. And let me tell you guys it did not disappoint!
I think my favourite thing about the whole day is that I was never without something to eat or drink in my hand! The 30 degree sunshine and a cloudless sky didn’t hurt either.
We were staying near the Stratford for the athletics, so took the DLR from Stratford to Greenwich changing at Canary Warf. The only reason I mention this is because it was the easiest, most stress free journey across London I’ve ever had! I think the DLR is my new favourite mode of transport. It also reminded me of a kiddie rollercoaster which the 5-year-old in me thoroughly enjoyed…
Our first big stop of the day was Greenwich Market. Obviously built for the English weather the market is in a little undercover square. Unfortunately this created a greenhouse effect and it was far to humid and hot to spend as much time as I wanted wandering around all the cute little stalls. But I did get glances of some beautiful jewellery, art and gorgeous real leather bags. So definitely worth a visit. Just maybe not when it’s so warm.
I couldn’t however resist stopping to try some of the street food on offer. I can’t even begin to tell you how much was on offer in such a small space. And I could have literally eaten all of it! In the end I settled on a chicken and chorizo empanada, my mum a spinach and mozzarella rice ball and Dad a mini calzone. I have to admit I was very jealous of my mum’s choice and it was definitely my favourite of the three. I adore street food and Greenwich Market did not disappoint.
Greenwich Park & the Royal Observatory:
Perhaps what Greenwich is most famous for, home of the Prime Meridian Line.
We took a short stroll to Greenwich Park – which I’m sure looks much prettier when the grass is green! And then a rather steep climb up to the Royal Observatory. Unfortunately we decided against getting a ticket to see the Meridian Line and the Historic Royal Observatory. Tickets cost £13.50 (if bought online), and although we did really want to see, we couldn’t justify £40 for essentially a picture. Just think of how much food you could buy for £40!
It wasn’t a waste though cause there’s plenty you can still see for free. First off the views over Greenwich and London are AMAZING. I’m a big fan of a stunning view. We saw the Great Equatorial Telescope, which was a lot more interesting and impressive than I thought it would be. While we were there was the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 Exhibition going on. Having just got into photography I think this was my favourite part – they were seriously stunning and amazing!
We also had a couple of pit stops for a drink at the bottom and top of the park. Which coupled with some pretty views was perfect in this heat. And I have to thank my dad for choosing a very photogenic beer.
Old Royal Naval College & Lunch:
We actually had a wander around the Naval College earlier in the day when we first arrived. It has to be one of the most impressive buildings I’ve seen around London. If you’re a fan of architecture you could easily spend a significant amount of time exploring and taking it all in.
We also had a quick nosy into the entrance of he painted hall which was seriously stunning! Until September this year you can go on a tour and experience the painted ceilings up close. If we’d had more time and, were solely in London to visit Greenwich, I think this is one thing I would have liked to have done.
While we were exploring the College we noticed a rather pretty looking pub with massive outdoor terrace. So towards the end of our day we decide to come back to enjoy our lunch in the sunshine.
The pub is called the Old Brewery and I would definitely recommend it if you’re ever visiting Greenwich. Now anyone who knows me my be a bit shocked by the following statement, but I actually opted for the chicken salad. And as a person who usually steers well clear of them I was really really impressed. It was incredibly flavoursome and the perfect summer lunch. The side order of chips did also help. They also serve some impressive looking Sunday roasts, 30 degree heat just called for something a little lighter.
After lunch there was just time for a quick ice-cream stop by the Cutty Sark before heading back to the train station.
Greenwich was sch a lovely day out and I’m so pleased I suggested it to my parents. I would love to get back again if I ever get chance. I’ll leave a link to the visit Greenwich website in case this post has inspired you to visit (and I really hope it has!)
I’m so excited to spend some more time exploring the UK this summer before jetting off on my big inter-rail adventure! (You can read about that here.) So if you have any suggestions please let me know!
All my love,