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A guide to local favorites in Greenwich

  • By Lianne Kolirin
  • Photos by Harry Mitchell
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Greenwich, southeast of central London, can be a bit awkward to get to, depending on where you’re staying. But don’t let that put you off: This character-filled corner of the capital should not be missed. Hugging the south bank of the Thames, the World Heritage Site has a distinct maritime feel and history. Catching the riverboat is an absolute must for the authentic Greenwich experience.

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Lianne grew up in London and has spent most of her life there, besides her long-gone university days in Manchester and an adventure-filled stint spent globe-trotting. A busy freelance journalist, she is also mum to three young Londoners, born and bred.

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Greenwich Market
Open every day, this market spends half the week selling arts and crafts, with the rest dedicated to antiques and collectibles. That said, some stalls are not so easily categorized, like those touting magic tricks. Mostly sheltered from the elements, this place is perfect for an any-weather break from the hustle and bustle.
Greenwich Market, Greenwich Church and Durnford streets, London SE10 9HZ
Greenwich Park
Dating to Roman times, this huge and impressive park, which hosted the equestrian events at the 2012 Olympics, is a jewel in London’s crown. Besides its well-manicured gardens, native deer and great leisure facilities, it is also home to the Prime Meridian, dividing the world’s Eastern and Western hemispheres.
Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London SE10 8QY, UK
Up at the O2 rooftop climb
Originally conceived as the Millennium Dome to mark the year 2000, the O2 complex now houses an arena, restaurants, cafes, shops and more. But if that sounds dull to the adrenaline junkie in you, get roped up for loftier heights with the activity Up at the O2 Arena. The climb across the dome is not for the faint-hearted.
up at the o2, Peninsula Square, North Greenwich, London SE10 0DX
National Maritime Museum
Get a better understanding of Greenwich’s naval history here. Far from a stuffy collection of dusty artifacts, the museum brings to life the story behind global colonial history and Britain’s role in it. Meanwhile if you have little ones in tow, this is one of London’s best places for curious kids.
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NF
The Trafalgar Tavern
If you’ve reached sightseeing saturation, it might be time to recharge here, though there’s plenty of history here, too. This impressively restored tavern — where Charles Dickens apparently knocked back the occasional tipple — sits on the River Thames. Take in the splendid view through the floor-to-ceiling windows while enjoying traditional pub food or a cheeky pint or two.
The Trafalgar Tavern, 10 Park Row Greenwich, London SE10 9NW
The Emirates Air Line cable car
The cable car offers a scenic and gentle (in most conditions …) way to cross from south to north of the river and vice versa. On the north side lies the Royal Docks, from where you can explore the Docklands.
Emirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, London SE10 0FR
Lianne Kolirin
Lianne grew up in London and has spent most of her life there, besides her long-gone university days in Manchester and an adventure-filled stint spent globe-trotting. A busy freelance journalist, she is also mum to three young Londoners, born and bred.
Harry Mitchell
Harry is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in London.
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