Spend a day in this beautiful Borough
Greenwich is a fascinating spot in South London and a real treat to explore on foot.
With the birth of navigation, beautiful architecture and lively, bustling markets Greenwich's rich history and unique atmosphere makes it a perfect London area to explore.
Here at Holiday Inn Express Greenwich we are committed to offering the best visitor experience possible. To help you have a wonderful time in Greenwich here is our guide to a great day out.
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In the morning, after your tasty free breakfast we would recommend heading to see the Cutty Sark. She is the world's most famous tea clipper and one of Greenwich's most cherished attractions. The only surviving tea clipper in the world; it is a living testimony to the glorious days of sail.
The fastest sailing ship of her day, the Cutty Sark was launched in Scotland back in 1869 and sailed initially on the tea route to the Orient. During which, she broke the world sailing record by completing the trip in only 107 days. In her final days when she brought back wool from Australia and even up to her final commercial days, she was well renowned and much loved by merchant sailors of the time.
Since 1954, she has undergone a complete restoration £50 million process since being in her Greenwich dry dock. Tragically, The Cutty Sark was been badly damaged by fire on 21 May 2007 but since, has been fully restored thanks to a £3.3m gift from Israeli shipping entrepreneur, who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
The Cutty Sark was then re-opened to the admiring public by the Queen on 25 April 2012. Nowadays, you can tour all around the ship including witnessing the cramped accommodation used by her 28 crew members and the ship's beautiful, teak-lined Master's Saloon.
The Cutty Sark is a wonderful attraction to enjoy stunning views over the Thames River from the ship's deck. Then venture down into the Cutty Sark's hull and stand beneath the impressive new glass canopy.
Greenwich Park is the ideal spot for a lunch. Along with the delightful Pavilion Tea house, the park is home to deer, a children's playground and a boating pond and of course, you can't miss the stunning buildings that Greenwich is renowned for. So even after you've eaten there is still plenty to do and see here.
Straight ahead you'll see the Queen's and the National Maritime Museum, which feature interactive children's galleries and brilliantly, entry to each of these fantastic attractions is free.
On top of the hill in the middle of Greenwich Park sits the famous Royal Observatory and London's only public Planetarium. Stand on the West and East hemispheres at the same time as you stand over the Prime Meridian Line (admission charge applies). If you're here by 1pm sharp you can you can synchronise your watch exactly when the bright red Time Ball drops.
Alternatively, head back to the heart of Greenwich to the Royal Teas Café for delicious soup, tasty baguettes and an enticing collection of homemade cakes.
A trip to Greenwich Market is a must. Chic, vintage shops, bars, restaurants and cafes are in abundance.
Greenwich Market, which is open seven days a week, is probably London's best source for intriguing art-work, unique, hand-crafted items, up-coming fashion designs, and rare and unusual antiques.
Hunt down anything from handmade soaps, jewellery, quirky treasures and extraordinary clothes or just have a lovely stroll through.
Feeling hungry? Greenwich market is perfect for snacking your way through a world of food while browsing the market stalls. There is a plethora of delicious food to nibble on, from aromatic curries, Spanish tapas to sushi, Brazilian churros, smoked Louisiana sausages, chivitos even Polish doughnuts, and French crêpes. Let your nostrils be your guide. Then wash it all down with a tipple of fresh farmhouse cider.
Although sometimes busy the intimacy of the market and very friendly retailers all make the experience very pleasant. There is no pressure to buy with most goods and prices being very reasonable. Well worth a visit if you are near the Cutty Sark.
Sunset River Thames boat cruise
Greenwich has a rich maritime history, so why not travel there by boat? Wind up your day in the best possible way on a sunset River Thames boat cruise.
Hop aboard your River Thames sightseeing boat in the early evening, and set sail from London's Westminster Pier*. As the sun sets on this bustling city you will be perfectly set up for a spot of evening sightseeing, cruise pass all the top London attractions that frame the famous riverbanks of the Thames between Westminster and Greenwich.
Pass the prestigious Houses of Parliament, where London's politicians plan their daily dealings, and catch sight of Big Ben, the much-loved clock tower that dominates the district of Westminster.
Continue past the ever-popular London Eye sits on the south side of the river, close to Shakespeare's Globe, the lovingly reconstructed Elizabethan playhouse.
As your boat twists its way around the bends of the Thames, watch out for a cluster of iconic sights around London Bridge. See the gravity-defying Shard building that stands at 1,016 feet (310 meters) tall, alongside sites steeped in history like the Tower of London.
Cruise past Canary Wharf, the skyscraper village where London bankers do their daily trading, before reaching the grand Naval College and Cutty Sark boat at Greenwich.
To end you day Greenwich in a perfect way set sail and see all the famous sights with a splendid, sunset Thames River cruise.
*Return journeys to and from Greenwich are available.