Originally named “Green wic” (wic meaning port) this small Saxon Village was home to farmers and fisherman where boats and ships would dock. As London grew bigger in the late 1830’s Greenwich was connected to the capital by rail which subsequently had people by the masses move to Greenwich. Most famously known for the Greenwich Observatory it was decided the place to host the international meridian or 0 degrees longitudinal line in 1884.
Today, Greenwich is a vibrant and bustling Tourist hotspot with an array of attractions and historical venues. In 2012 the Queen of England made Greenwich a royal borough to mark her Diamond Jubilee, a status only given to four boroughs in the whole country.
The average property price in Greenwich is £475,000 which is about 25% below the London average while the average rental price is £486 per week again below the London average by 18%. An 8 minute train journey from Greenwich to London Bridge truly brings London’s East end onto its doorstep. North Greenwich and the Greenwich Peninsula is undergoing a massive development project which will offer over 15,000 new homes over the next 20 years.
Home to some of the most incredible historic sites the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark are our favourites! Now with a museum located underneath, the Cutty Sark is an iconic symbol of Greenwich and stands with all its glory high above the local Skyline.
Take a tour with us on a perfect day spent in Greenwich.
As a tourist or newbie to London take the Thames Clipper from Festival Pier on the Southbank near Waterloo which will allow you to see and experience the wonders of the shoreline architecture.
First stop is the Cutty Sark and its museum where you can learn about the tea clipper and what life was like aboard the 19th century ship. Next stop enjoy a drink at the famous Gypsy Moth pub which overlooks the landmark Cutty Sark. This grade I listed building has the charm of the maritime history and is a lovely place to meet with friends alike.
Now off to the Greenwich Market where you can indulge your self with many different types of cuisine and wonder the isles of the market stalls to find yourself an antique or something more modern. Newly refurbished the Greenwich Market is London's only historic market set within a World Heritage site and is in the heart of the town centre open 7 days a week.
Belly is full so time to do some exploring which takes us on to a walk-through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory. Over 180 acres of green space and home to a small heard of deer Greenwich Park has the tranquillity one would expect when getting away from the concrete jungle and offers exceptional views of Canary Wharf and the City. Once at the top of the hill where the Royal Observatory lies you can get your photo standing on each side of the western and eastern hemispheres and visit London’s only planetarium.
With your astronomy craving satisfied, visit the National Maritime Museum at the bottom of the hill which is the largest of its kind in the world. Here you can learn about the Royal Navy and hear about stories of human exploration. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without popping in to the Great Map café.
Surrounded by beautiful architecture walk through Greenwich University and the Old Royal Navel College where many Hollywood blockbusters have been filmed. Heading in to the evening now, catch a short 10 minute bus ride from Trafalgar Road to North Greenwich tube station. Here you will be met with one of the largest dome’s in the world the O2 Entertainment Complex where you can go watch your favourite band or pop artist perform live. What a treat!
Before the show starts grab a bite to eat at one of the many fine dining or familiar franchise restaurants. End off the night with a short stroll across to the Emirates Cable Car and take a night flight to witness 360-degree views of London’s finest landmarks. Wow what a day!
If you would like to discover more about Greenwich why don’t you visit our office on Trafalgar Road or simply get in touch and we will be happy to assist.