Continuing our tour of London's boroughs, Natalie R Harris picks her ten favourite things about London's newest 'Royal Borough', Greenwich. This is a personal selection rather than a definitive guide, and we welcome reader additions (particularly for areas like Charlton and Woolwich) in the comments.
When you're all shopped out, escape the hustle and bustle of the market in the Fan Museum, a unique attraction housing the world's finest collection of fans. The museum is set in a pair of 1721 Grade II listed houses, which have both been beautifully restored, with a stunning Japanese-style garden.
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It’s worth noting that families can purchase family packages for unlimited hop-on, hop-off travel on MBNA Thames Clippers plus Emirates Air Line trips and Emirates Aviation Experience access.
OK, so its iconic silhouette might put some people off, but it’s sometimes hard to believe The O2 limped into life as the Millennium Dome. Now a plush centre for concerts, live sports events, exhibitions and restaurants, The O2 really does offer the widest choice of chirpy commercialism this side of the river. Feeling brave? Scale the dome, Spidey-style, for panoramic views of London from the viewing platform, before tumbling back down to earth.
Family-friendly restaurants Garfunkels, Las Iguanas, Cafe Rouge, and TGI Friday’s all provide plenty of delicious meals for parents and children of all ages, all within a few minutes’ walk of one another either inside The O2 or outside in Peninsula Square.
Below find two separate one-day itineraries for families, covering the area around Royal Museums Greenwich and Greenwich Peninsula. Either spend two days enjoying them both, or, if you prefer to do both in one day, mix and match the parts that you like most. Travel on MBNA Thames Clippers between Greenwich pier and North Greenwich pier, a journey of only eight minutes.
A trip to the Royal Observatory would be high on any tourists' list of things to see where you can learn about the past, the future and the present wonders of astronomy, and of course you can stand on...
This is a cable car link across the River Thames from North Greenwich right next to the O2 Arena to Victoria Docks on the north side of the river, near to Royal Victoria Docklands Light Railway (DLR)...
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Close to the Park you’ll find the Old Royal Naval College which is a magnificent place to explore. Enjoy a range of activities from archaeology workshops to character actors performing in the famous Painted Hall, including the pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, who shares her exploits from the ocean waves.
Explore the undercover stalls and shops in Greenwich Market to find a huge variety of unique and quirky arts and crafts. Browse all the food stalls and build your own picnic as you go because later you can set up your lunch in nearby Greenwich park.
Stop off at the Nissan Innovation Station to put your driving skills to the test. Find out if you or a member of your family is the next racing champion on the GT Academy simulator. Enter the fun photobooth together so you can take your experience home with you.
Greenwich market has been meeting South London’s trading needs since 1700 when it opened as a Royal Charter Market, rebranding itself as a bohemian arts and crafts market in 1985. Here you'll find handmade flower-pressed earrings, vintage iPad covers, sunglasses and spectacles spanning a century, contemporary knitwear, urban magic tricks and spicy, sticky street food. It's like Camden Lock, but classier. Greenwich market is open Tuesday till Sunday, 10am to 5.30pm.
On the Emirates Air Line, enjoy lower prices when using an Oyster or contactless card. Higher prices apply for cash fares.
Best Live Jazz: Oliver's Music Venue and Wine Bar 9 Nevada Street, Greenwich SE10 9JL
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There is always help available at Greenwich Pier to advise passengers for the various ships that travel along the Thames. There are always craft arriving and departing from the pier but actual river...
For lunch, walk along The Avenue inside The O2 and discover a variety of familiar restaurants (where you can have a calming sit-down after all that excitement). Or, if the kids require constant fun with their food, book a lane at Brooklyn Bowl (from 12noon on weekends, 6pm on weekdays), where your family can go tenpin bowling and enjoy a special menu for children that includes American classics such as burgers or macaroni and cheese.
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Rivington Greenwich is within walking distance from the museum quarter and the restaurant has its own children’s menu, including classics such as fish and chips. Visit Monday to Saturday before 7pm and your kids will eat for free.
Elegant, coquettish and seductive, fans have been cooling, winnowing, decorating and flirting with society for a thousand years. The Fan Museum is the first of its kind in the world, showcasing more than 4,000 delicate antique fans dating back to the 11th Century. Set in Georgian surroundings and featuring an 'orangery' mural tea room and boutique selling fan-shaped soaps, you can't get much more twee than this.
On my recent trip to Greenwich I took the boat back to Westminster via the Thames Barrier, even though the Barrier is in the opposite direction.I’d never seen...
If you’re staying overnight stay at The Greenwich Hotel, the InterContinental London – The O2, or one of the other hotels in Greenwich.
I love Greenwich Park, especially the view from One Tree Hill - priceless!
Just a short walk along the river is the Emirates Air Line cable car. The six-minute “flight” through the sky from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks reaches a height of 90m; a perfect vantage point for a family selfie with The O2 as the backdrop.
See Cutty Sark, the most famous and last surviving tea clipper. Enjoy stunning views over Greenwich from the ship's deck and walk beneath the ship’s gleaming copper hull. Find out what life was like on board Cutty Sark: follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her; navigate the ship on the interactive game; explore the captain’s cabin; and take the helm at the ship’s wheel. You can also join craft workshops and other fun family activities.
Greenwich Park, with its inspiring views, is the ideal spot for your picnic, especially as there is a children’s playground for the kids to play in. The park is also home to deer and a boating pond, so there is plenty to see and do after you've eaten.
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It would be remiss to be in Greenwich and not stop by Zaibatsu (http://www.allthingsgreenwich.... and I strongly recommend the Volcano Roll and the Kaitaifi Prawns. It's a bit out of the main grouping of Greenwich shops, but absolutely worth the walk down Trafalgar Rd.
Shopping temptation calls at Mr Humbug, a traditional sweet shop crammed with colourful jars filled with all your favourite treats.