Okay, some of these you might be aware of, but a lot of them you may not. For example, did you know that there was a Champagne and cheese bar?! Or a sausage café?! Or a place where you could become an archery legend?! We bet you did not. Here’s the lowdown on what exactly to do in this wonderful–and frankly underrated–part of the city.
1. Take a snap of the stairs at The Queen’s House
After being closed for refurbishment since July 2015, The Queen’s House reopened to the public last October. The house is said to be the first classical building in London and is home to a great collection of artworks spanning over 400 years. The spiral staircase, known as the Tulip stairs, were the first of their kind in Britain and they alone are worth heading to Greenwich for. The blue paint that covers the iron structure is made of crushed glass, a technique that had to be imitated during the house’s 14 month makeover (not quite 60 Minute Makeover, eh Pete?). Read more about it here.
Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
2. Have a pint at The Old Brewery
Showing off their brand spanking new refurb, The Old Brewery have reopened for the summer, and they’re calling it the “Summer of Love”. This beautiful historic pub is right within the grounds of the Old Naval College, and has a beautiful outdoor terrace. From delicious fresh food to London brewed craft beers and London distilled spirits, The Old Brewery serves nothing short of amazing British produce. Look out for various pop-ups, tastings and events across the summer, or just pop along for a beer and soak up the history.
The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9LW
Instead of spending your weekend binging on the Hunger Games or the Lord of the Rings, why not become Legolas or Katniss Everdeen for the day. Yes, that’s right — after a 2 hour, expert-led session with Archery Fit, you’ll be right up there with the best, scoring Bullseyes with your eyes closed. Oh and it’s also pretty great for stress relief, especially if you think of the target as a metaphor for everything you hate, like the Central line at rush hour and overpriced beer. Find out more and book your tickets via Fever.
Hatfield House, Merryweather Place, SE10 8EW
4. Admire stunning views of the city at Greenwich Park…
5. Feast on Champagne and cheese
Oui nous savons, what a combination! Join Champagne + Fromage in their magnifique French bistro for an evening of cheese and charcuterie, all washed down with a classy glass of champers. The focus is on délicieuse cuisine (excuse our French) so expect lots of camembert, saucisson and other delicious French stuff. Bon appétit!
34 Greenwich Church St, SE10 9BL
6. Enjoy a meaty brunch at Heap’s Sausages
Heap’s Sausages is all about… yep, that’s right, you guessed it. They have a fantastic range of sausages, from the legendary Cumberland Sausage and the Pork, Apple and Wildflower Honey, to the Lamb Merguez (lamb shoulder and harissa) and the Beef and Guinness Stout. Visit one of their two Greenwich cafés, one of which has a shop, and feast on all things sausage-related. Try their tasty all-day breakfast, a classic sausage bap, sausage and mash, or a hot dog. It’s like an actual sausage fest. There’s even plenty for the veggies, and lots for the sweet-toothed.
7. Visit a famous film set
Though supposedly set in France, Les Miserables was actually filmed in the UK for the most part. Passed off as ‘Paris’ in the movie, the Old Royal Naval College is where Lemarque’s funeral procession was held. The Greenwich location has been a very popular movie set and has featured in a range of films, such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Four Weddings And A Funeral.
King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN
8. Take a beautiful stroll through Greenwich Park
9. Take a ride on the Emirates Air Line
Fly across the Thames in a one of the Emirates Air Line cable cars connecting the Royal Victoria and North Greenwich tube stations across the river. A reasonable £3.40 for Oyster Card holders and a view of the city from way above the Thames this is a great spot to catch the sun setting above the city.
Emirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, SE10 0FR
10. Eat THIS at the Salt Shed
Salt Shed is the brainchild of two London pals who had a bagel-shaped vision. They took the flavours of the east end bagel (or beigel, whatever) and started making their very own salty meats: enter the salt beef short rib and the salt beef patty. Arguably the best dish on their menu, which you won’t find anywhere else, is the Honey Mustard Bacon Ribs. We dare you not to love and devour them. Find Salt Shed at Greenwich Market on Thursdays and Fridays.
Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ
11. Learn about aliens and time travel after hours
For a late night museum adventure sans screaming children, why not head to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich to learn all about our magnificent universe? For an evening of supernatural discoveries and to talk about the possibility of time travel and aliens, check out one of the museum’s Lates. You can find out more about these here.
Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ