The other day, I spent my Sunday in Greenwich. Having lived up west for much of my time in London, I’d never actually visited the south-eastern borough. Located not far from the tall and grey skyscrapers of the financial city, the greenery and village atmosphere of Greenwich could not contrast more with the dynamism and claustrophobia of the neighbouring urban centre.
Much like Richmond on the other side, Greenwich is home to a massive and amazing park, which overlooks London with perhaps the greatest of local panoramic views. It is no wonder the high spot is home to the Royal Observatory. From the Old Royal Naval College, an architectural masterpiece recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the Cutty Sark (one of the last tea clipper ships), there is plenty of history to enjoy.
There are also lots of nice pubs and local shops, many of which colourful and oddly reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. Like numerous areas of London, Greenwich feels like a different part of England with a personality of its own.
Most famously, Greenwich hosts one of the city’s oldest markets. It is full of stalls selling anything from vintage clothes and art, to street foods from all corners of the world. There is even a place which sells Asian burgers, served in noodles instead of buns:
The market has been around for over 300 years, and is open every day of the week. With summer around the corner at long last, Greenwich is definitely an area I would recommend. Although it gets pretty busy, the massive park is ideal to grab an ice cream and enjoy an afternoon stroll, have a picnic or simply enjoy the scene and take pictures.