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Greenwich, London – 40 Things To Do Guide + Photos 2024

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Greenwich in London is truly one of the capital’s riverside gems, a UNESCO World Heritage site that oozes history and charm – for Londoners and tourists alike, there are so many things to do in Greenwich.

Heritage and maritime history merge with glorious parks and gardens in Greenwich, plus there are so many Greenwich pubs, including riverfront beer gardens (talk about brews with views).

Situated on the banks of the Thames, Greenwich is a cute and charming London borough that is often (but not always) quieter than the main tourist sites in the capital.

Easily accessible by rail or Thames Clipper, here is our guide to the best things to do in Greenwich, London in 2024:

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Recommended Greenwich Hotels and Accommodation

With so many attractions, shopping and fantastic food and drink options, Greenwich is a great place to stay whilst in London.

Highly rated Greenwich hotels and accommodation includes:

Admiral Hardy
Highly rated hotel located inside a classic British pub in the heart of Greenwich. Check rates and availability >

Novotel London Greenwich
4-star modern chain hotel. Facilities include a fitness centre, steam room, bar and restaurant. Check rates and availability >

Top things to do in Greenwich, London

1. Greenwich Market

We start our ‘best things to do in Greenwich, London’ guide with Greenwich Market.

Fabulous food stalls, awesome arts and crafts stalls plus a whole heap of traditional fare (pie and mash anyone?).

Greenwich market has it all and is one of the most historic markets in the country. It first opened over 200 years ago in 1737 and moved to its current location in the 1800s.

At Greenwich Market, the arts and crafts markets take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the weekends, with the antiques and collectables market taking place on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays – (good) food is always available. Head here early if you want to beat the crowds.

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Greenwich Market is a fantastic place to grab street food in London with flavours from all around the world.

There are also several permanent shops and bars in the outskirts including a branch of Crosstown Doughnuts plus the Admiral Hardy and Coach and Horses pubs have beer gardens literally in Greenwich Market; the perfect place to people watch with a pint!

We’d rate Greenwich Market as one the best Saturday markets in London >

Address: Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ

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2. Greenwich Royal Observatory

High on the hill in Greenwich Park, the Greenwich Royal Observatory is where time started (sort of!) – and you can stand on the historic prime meridian of the world (where GMT actually begins).

Opened in 1676, Greenwich Royal Observatory played a significant role in the history of astronomy and navigation and it is now home to a museum detailing all that took place here.

If you happen to be visiting Greenwich around lunchtime, check out the Greenwich Time Ball which drops daily at 1pm. The Time Ball historically helped mariners set and synchronise their watches and is now a very cool Greenwich thing to do.

Even if you don’t pay to go in the Greenwich Royal Observatory, it is still rather neat to see the exterior and enjoy the hillside views of Greenwich Park and the River Thames – it is also one of the best panoramic views in London.

Booking your Greenwich Royal Observatory tickets in advance is highly recommended – click to book here >

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3. The Cutty Sark

Time for tea! Well, kind of – the Cutty Sark stands proud in the heart of Greenwich, acting as a rather fitting focal point.

Built in 1869, Greenwich’s The Cutty Sark is the world’s only surviving tea-clipper, and it’s history can be explored as you wander around the exterior of the vessel as well as a cleverly designed museum which sits in the ship’s bow.

The architecture and layout of the museum is rather ingenious, much of it reimagined after an outbreak of fire in 2007.

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In addition, the Cutty Sark is home to the world’s largest collection of carved maritime figureheads (which can sometimes be rather creepy, especially at night).

There are also a range of eclectic events which take place at the Cutty Sark especially during school holidays.

You can also book a Greenwich Museums day pass which includes (discounted) Greenwich Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark admission on the same day. Click here to book >

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4. Greenwich National Maritime Museum

A short walk from the Cutty Sark brings you to the National Maritime Museum, the largest maritime museum in the world and the UK’s foremost maritime collection.

The National Maritime Museum is one of the best free things to do in Greenwich (unlike the Cutty Sark which has an admission fee) and contains several galleries, some permanent and temporary exhibitions and a nice cafe.

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The best bit for us is exploring the huge ships and galleons at the centre of the museum. The National Maritime Museum is also renowned for its school and children’s activities at half term.

Free to visit and open daily, the Greenwich National Maritime Museum in London can be visited between 10am to 5pm.

Address: National Maritime Museum Gardens, Romney Road, London SE10 9NF

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5. Greenwich Park

Could these be the best panoramic views in London? Judging by the sheer number of people who visit and enjoy Greenwich Park every day, we sure think so!

With unspoilt views of historic Greenwich juxtaposed against the sleek and shiny skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, this is the ultimate vantage point to see all of London and the intricacies of the Thames.

One of London’s Royal Parks (all of which are free to visit) and with so much green space, this is one of the most top notch things to do in Greenwich.

Even though there are so many good food and drink options in Greenwich like all the historic pubs, Greenwich Park is a prime picnic spot. Make an afternoon of it and pick-up picnic items either in Greenwich Market or the M&S Foodhall by Cutty Sark.

Address: Greenwich Park, London, SE10 8QY

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Greenwich Bars and Pubs

There are so many good Greenwich pubs and bars that you are spoilt for choice and ‘Inn Heaven’.

All are snug, historic and rather charming – the walls ooze heritage and the taps run with cold beer so what’s not to like?

There are many fine London pubs on the river but Greenwich likely has the highest per capita of waterside bars in the capital.

Our favourite Greenwich pubs include:

6. The Trafalgar Tavern

An iconic inn built in 1837 and located right on the water’s edge, this is one of the most popular pubs in Greenwich as it overlooks the Thames and sits right on the Thames path.

It is a superb spot for summer-time drinking (speaking from experience – we’ve drank at the Trafalgar Tavern SO MANY times, we wish we had shares in it).

If you can’t blag one of the indoor tables that directly sit on the water or it is winter when you visit Greenwich, no need to worry as there is lots of room outside to enjoy your beer.

Address: Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, London SE10 9NW

7. The Gipsy Moth

This is possibly the most popular pub in Greenwich (especially with visiting tourists) as it is right next to the Cutty Sark. So you could always climb the cutty sark rig and then reward yourself with a craft beer directly afterwards (now that is a fun day out in Greenwich!)

Greenwich’s Gipsy Moth pub has a lush beer garden – although we always try to grab one of the tables directly facing the Cutty Sark itself (not as easy as it sounds; you often have to queue outside in the summer months).

Although the service can be a bit hit and miss, the location is amazing and they do a nice line in traditional pub grub like fish and chips.

Address: The Gipsy Moth, 60 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BL

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8. The Cutty Sark Tavern

A little walk away from Greenwich town centre, located smack bang on the River Thames, the Cutty Sark Tavern is an old inn with an outside beer garden (albeit quite concrete) and depending on who you believe, started life in either 1695 or 1795 (either way, very old!).

With unobstructed views of the River Thames, this riverside pub in Greenwich is one of your best bets for a classic British boozer and a nice alfresco ale or cool craft beer.

Address: The Cutty Sark, 4-6 Ballast Quay, London SE10 9PD

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9. The Old Brewery Bar

In the shadow of the River Thames and the Old Naval Royal Naval College in Greenwich, take a peep into the The Pepys Building to discover a former old brewery (once the Greenwich Meantime Brewery).

Now known simply as the The Old Brewery Bar, you can enjoy a meal in the old brewery room (complete with the original Greenwich Meantime brewery vats) or sit in the walled beer garden outside.

There are even a few tables overlooking the Cutty Sark so talk about craft beer brews with views.

Address: The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9LW

10. Richard The First / Richard I Pub

Boasting one of the biggest beer gardens in Greenwich, the Richard the First pub is located on Royal Hill, hidden away in a quiet residential area of Greenwich.

We love this Greenwich pub mainly because of the gorgeous outdoor beer garden complete with picnic tables, a huge terrace and even a doggy drinking water stand (or as they call it “..a furry friend refuelling station”).

There is also a great range of beers on tap at the Richard the First pub including beers from local South London breweries like Gypsy Hill or Brick Brewery from Peckham.

Address: 52/54 Royal Hill, London SE10 8RT

11. O2 / Greenwich Peninsula

Formerly the Millenium Dome and now home to the O2 entertainment complex (loads of bars, restaurants, shows and exhibitions), Greenwich Peninsula has recently reinvented itself as an upcoming destination that promises big things in the future.

02 Arena

Although the O2 is usually visited when attending a concert, there is also a rather good shopping centre here (Icon Outlet at The O2 – more on this later) plus plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy inside.

It is also home to London’s biggest cinema, Cineworld Cinema at The O2, Greenwich with 19 screens (including 3D screens).

Address: The O2 / Greenwich Peninsula, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

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O2 / Greenwich Peninsula
02 Arena

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12. Climb Up on the O2

Fancy a bird’s eye view of Greenwich, the River Thames and London’s Canary Wharf Docklands area?

Get the best panoramic views at this 02 Greenwich attraction with real ‘altitude’.

Aimed at all levels, Up at the 02 Climbs reaches a height of over 50 metres and has a choice of day time, sunset and twilight climbs.

The climb is split into 6 sections, 3 up and and 3 down. No previous climbing experience is necessary and all climbing equipment is provided.

Book Up at The O2 Climb in Greenwich London here > (prices start from £35 as of summer 2024).

Address: Up at The O2 Climb, The  O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

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13. Greenwich Design District / Greenwich Design District Canteen

The newest addition to Greenwich Peninsula is The Design District, a new creative hub comprising 16 architecturally awesome buildings that will be used as work spaces and temporary pop-ups.

Whilst much of Greenwich’s Design District is work in progress, we were enthralled by the futuristic Design District Canteen, billed as a new global food hall for London.

Greenwich Design District / Greenwich Design District Canteen
Design District Canteen

The Design District Canteen has 6 stalls and 1 bar. Whilst it may not have the number of food stalls of say somewhere like Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall, the upstairs mezzanine eating area is housed in a huge clear bubble which feels more like the Eden Project rather than east London, so it is quite a unique place to nom your noodles.

The Greenwich Design District Canteen is open daily from 8am to 11pm weekdays and from 8.30am at the weekends.

Address: Design District Canteen, Soames Walk, London SE10 0AX

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14. IFS Cloud Royal Docks (formerly Emirates Air Line)

Formerly known as the Emirates Air Line (not an airplane as such) and recently renamed as the  IFS Cloud Royal Docks (money talks!), this is actually more of a London cable car in the capital.

A bit of a transport anomaly in London, the Emirates Air Line / IFS Cloud Royal Docks opened in 2010, ready for the 2012 London Olympics to transport punters from the Royal Docks to the Greenwich Peninsula over the River Thames (or vice versa).

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The IFS Cloud Royal Docks is also the closest thing we have to a funicular or cable car in London – it is a fun mode of London transport albeit in a rather odd location.

After the initial flurry of inquisitive visitors, the Emirates Air Line (now IFS Cloud Royal Docks) never really ‘‘took off” (sorry not sorry) and its future isn’t in stone, given it often operates at a loss.

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Address: IFS Cloud Royal Docks, 27 Western Gateway, London E16 1FA

15. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

As Greenwich is located in east London and quite far from the central sights like Trafalgar Square or the Houses of Parliament, a rather nice way to visit Greenwich is to get one of the Uber Boats by Thames Clippers from South Bank / The London Eye and cruise along the river.

The Uber Boats by Thames Clippers obviously aren’t as regal as the Cutty Sark in terms of Greenwich transport but they are a sleek and super speedy way to get to Greenwich along the River Thames. The Uber Boats also sell tea (and coffee, beers and wine). Cheers!

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16. The Old Royal Naval College

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and originally built in 1692 as a Royal Hospital, the Old Royal Naval College is one of the best free things to do in Greenwich. It is such a stately and majestic building and worth a visit, especially the grounds.

In the summer months, outdoor concerts and festivals are often held at the Old Royal Naval College with views overlooking the River Thames.

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The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is also located at the College meaning you’ll often overhear students practising their singing or on instruments like the harp when the windows are open – magical.

You might get a sense of deja vu and recognise the Old Royal Naval College from the movies as it is one of the most popular filming locations in London. Flicks filmed here include the Tomb Raider reboot, the Thor sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes and The King’s Speech – quite the line-up!

Address: The Old Royal Naval College, University of Greenwich, King William Walk, London SE10 9NN

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17. Painted Hall at Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Featuring stunning and sublime painted interiors, the Painted Hall at Old Royal Naval College showcases around 40,000 square feet of illustrations and fine art.

Created in the early 18th century by  Sir James Thornhill, Painted Hall, the regal rooms ooze heritage and the walls depict over 200 scenes including kings, queens and other dashing dignitaries.

The Painted Hall in Greenwich is £15 to visit as of early 2024 (increasing to £16.50 as of April 1 2024).

The highlight is the Painted Hall, completed in 1726 and often described as Britain’s version of the Sistine Chapel – it was recently reopened after a £9 million restoration project in 2019.

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18. Icon Outlet at The O2

A designer outlet mall in the heart of the 02 in Greenwich Peninsula, this is one of the best discount retail shopping centres in London.

With over 60 shops under one roof most of which have huge discounts (up to 70% off), this is one way to save a lot of cash when shopping in London.

Icon Outlet at The O2 Greenwich

Opened in 2018, Icon Outlet at O2 has many big name brand discount stores including adidas, Nike, Levis, Calvin Klein and Hotel Chocolat (we go to the latter a lot as they often have hugely discounted chocolate bars – nom).

The Icon Outlet at the 02 is open daily from 10am  to 8pm – times correct of February 2024.

Address: Icon Outlet at The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

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19. Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Going underground, going underground…but not in the usual way. There is no tube carriage here but simply a rather unique way to traverse the Thames, literally walking below the water.

Opened in 1902, the foot tunnel links Greenwich (by the Cutty Sark) to Millwall on the South bank of the Thames via a 370 metre long tunnel.

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Entrance to Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Originally constructed as a free alternative to an unreliable ferry service for shipyard workers, this foot tunnel is quite the experience and remains cool, even on the hottest days of the year.

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is free to use and is open 24 hours a day for those who use the stairs (the lifts / elevators at the foot tunnel are restricted use at night).

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20. London Line Sculpture Trail

If you are after something a little different whilst in Greenwich, how about taking in some alfresco art? You can explore The Line Sculpture trail London’s only outdoor exhibition space and sculpture trail along the river Thames from Greenwich Peninsula.

The Line Sculpture Trail - London’s Sculpture walk along the river

The Line Sculpture trail was created in 2015 as an outdoor exhibition space to encourage Londoners and tourists to discover lesser well known parts of London and admire the interesting artwork in open spaces.

Its name stems from the fact that it roughly follows the Greenwich Meridian line from Greenwich all the way to Stratford, between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Check out our London Line Sculpture Trail blog post which includes pictures of all the current exhibition pieces and sculptures.

21. Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf Brewery

Located smack bang between the Greenwich Peninsula and Cutty Sark, Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf Brewery is easily one of the best London’s riverside pubs and taprooms – a serious craft beer brew with a view!

Similar in design (minimalist) to their Bermondsey Beer Mile taprooms in an industrialist setting, BBNO’s south east London taproom not only has an incredible range on tap but also has an amazing riverside setting, boasting views of the River Thames.

Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf Brewery Greenwich

As well as a top taproom set-up, Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf taproom has ample outdoor space so is perfect for pets of families plus has a street food vendor outside (pizza was the main dish last time we visited) making it a prime spot for an all day session.

Address: Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf Brewery, Morden Wharf Road, London SE10 0NU

Like breweries? Try the Blackhorse Beer Mile, Leytonstone Beer Mile or Bermondsey Beer Mile – but probably not all on the same day!

Brew By Numbers Morden Wharf Brewery Greenwich

22. The Thames Barrier

An engineering marvel opened in 1982 to protect London from flooding, the Thames Barrier located just across from the Royal Docks consists of several interlocking barriers that open and close depending on the water flow and tide of the river Thames.

It is a great place to visit on your bike or walk as part of the epic Thames path. It also has a free to visit viewing deck (and cafe) on the far side of the Thames (alas not so easy to visit by the Tube or public transport).

Whilst it isn’t necessarily the best thing to do near Greenwich,  the Thames Barrier is worth a visit if in the area, if only as it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. It has also featured in several films and TV shows including Doctor Who, Spooks and Top Gear.

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Address: The Thames Barrier, Eastmoor Street, London SE7 8LX

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23. Cutty Sark Gardens and Cutty Sark Market

Located on Thames path and with stunning views of the River Thames and nearby Canary Wharf and Docklands, the Cutty Sark Gardens are open 24 hours a day and are a good spot to relax or have a quick bite to eat, if you don’t fancy walking to Greenwich Park.

As well as prime views of the river, you can enjoy a close-up view of the Cutty Sark clipper – nice!

In the warmer months (usually late March onwards), The Cutty Sark Market takes place most Thursdays to Sundays from 10am to 5.30pm in Cutty Sark Gardens.

Enjoy some sublime London street food from pizza and burgers to rotisserie chicken and international food from the likes of India, Africa and Greece (vegan food is also available).

Address: Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10

24. Mamma Mia The Party, The 02

Gimme, gimme, gimme a ticket to see Mamma Mia the Party, a disco and dining experience.

Based on ABBA songs and the hit West End stage show, be transported to the Greek island of Skopelo in this immersive London live stage experience.

Enjoy a four course meal (The Dinner Takes It All?!), classic ABBA hits and overall, have a Super (Trouper) time -we’re sure dessert will also include Honey (Honey).

Mamma Mia The Party, The 02 North Greenwich

Take a chance on Mamma Mia The Party at the 02 Greenwich, Wednesday – Friday (6.30pm – 10.30pm) and Saturday – Sunday (12pm – 4pm and 6.30pm – 10.30pm). Advance booking is recommended.

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Address: Mamma Mia The Party, Nikos Taverna, The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

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25. The Sail Loft

A fine Fuller’s pub on the river Thames and just a couple of minutes’ walk from Cutty Sark Gardens, this is a nice way to enjoy a beer or hearty pub grub by the water.

This is superb spot for a Sunday roast in Greenwich and also freshly beer battered fish and chips – their is also maritime theming inside plus a huge beer terrace overlooking the Thames Path.

The Sail Loft pub bar Greenwich

Best of all, Fullers Brewery is famous for its London Pride beer, their flagship drink which is available on tap here – a nice way to spend an afternoon in Greenwich (or as a reward after all that walking).

Address: The Sail Loft, Greenwich, 11 Victoria Parade, London SE10 9FR

The Sail Loft pub bar Greenwich

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26. Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a small natural area (four acres) of natural freshwater habitats that is home to a variety of wildlife and pondlife.

The Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park comprises a couple of ponds surrounded by marshland and trees, with a wildflower meadow.

Birdwatching is also popular here with two bird watching hides – there are various activities (especially during school holidays) and they are on the look out for volunteers to help maintain the ecology park.

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is around a 15 minute walk from North Greenwich station or a 10 minute walk from IFS Cloud Cable Car (formerly the Emirates Air Line).

Address: Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, John Harrison Way, Olympian Way, London SE10 0QZ

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27. Damien Hirst’s Greenwich Sculptures

World renowned artist Damien Hirst was a former resident of Greenwich Peninsula so it is perhaps fitting that several of his most famous artworks are on display outdoors near to the 02 Greenwich.

Artworks from Damien’s The Wreck of the Unbelievable series are dotted around Greenwich Peninsula – Hydra and Kali, The Divers and Mermaid.


New for 2023 in North Greenwich Damien’s Hirst’s newest installation was unveiled at Greenwich Peninsula, next to the IFS Cable Car.

Entitled ‘The Demon with Bowl’ this colossal 60 foot / 18 metre sculpture is one of the largest sculptures to ever be unveiled in London, having been created for a previous art biennale in Venice.

It is incredible to get up close to The Demon (and even more impressive to see it from inside the cable car).

The Damien Hirst artworks in Greenwich North along Greenwich Peninsula are all free to visit.

The Demon with Bowl

28. The Queen’s House

The Queen’s House is one ‘royally’ good free thing to do in Greenwich (sorry not sorry).

Located in Greenwich in the shadow of the National Maritime Museum (also free), the Queen’s House was designed by Inigo Jones (who also helped design Somerset House and St. Paul’s Cathedral).

The Queen’s House Greenwich

Inside the historic home, highlights include the Queen’s House Tulip Stairs (the first self-supporting spiral stair in Britain plus one of the most Instagrammable places in London plus The Great Hall Ceiling.

The Queen’s House was originally commissioned by Queen Anne of Denmark in 1616 with further alterations made by Queen Henriettaa Maria in 1635.

It later became a seamen’s hospital and is now part of the National Maritime Museum as well as a Grade I listed building.

Address: National Maritime Museum Gardens, Romney Road, London SE10 9NF

The Queen’s House Greenwich staircase

29. Up The Creek Comedy Club

Greenwich’s Up The Creek Comedy Club has been around for over 20 years, and one of the biggest and best known venues in London.

Hosting new and established acts, previous shows and comedians to perform at Up The Creek include Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr, Jo Brand and Dara O’Briain.

Greenwich Up The Creek Comedy Club

Just a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR station, Up The Creek has comedy shows several nights a week including their (in)famous Saturday night comedy club.

Tickets for shows start at £8.80 for the lesser known acts or try-out nights whilst the Saturday night show is around £22 which includes around for comedians.

Greek food is on the menu at Up The Creek so you can combine gyros with your glee – as a former brewery, they also (sometimes) have their own Up The Creek Brewery craft beer onsite.

Address: Up the Creek Comedy Club, 302 Creek Road, London SE10 9SW

Greenwich Up The Creek Comedy Club

30. Goddards at Greenwich Pie and Mash Shop

Established in 1890 by Alfred Goddard in Deptford, Goddards Pie and Mash shops have had several locations over the years before recently settling in a small shop on the edge of Greenwich Market. Pie and mash is one of the most popular traditional English foods, especially in east London.

Goddards at Greenwich Pie and Mash Shop

The current Goddards at Greenwich pie and mash shop has a white tiled interior, with wooden tables, chalkboard menus and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling – quite the place.

There are several types of pie to try including the traditional minced beef pie, steak, chicken plus a vegan pie.

If you are feeling famished, they even do a triple pie and mash combo for just over £10 (or a simple beef pie and mash is £5.40).

Address: Goddards at Greenwich, Greenwich Market, 22 King William Walk, London SE10 9HU

Goddards at Greenwich Pie and Mash Shop

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31. Champagne+Fromage – Greenwich

A shop dedicated to cheese and champagne you say? Pop the corks, crack open the camembert and take all our money now!

As well as sitting down to enjoy your fizz and finest cheese, takeaway cheese is also available and the choices are often very gouda, if not brie-illant.

As well as Greenwich, Champagne+Fromage have other cheesy London locations in Borough Market and Brixton.

Address: Champagne+Fromage, 34 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BL

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32. Dark Sugars Greenwich Flagship Cacao House

If you’ve seen a London hot chocolate on Instagram, there is a good chance it has come from Dark Sugars, a high-end, handcrafted ice-cream and chocolate stall that now has a branch in Greenwich.

Dark Sugars Greenwich Flagship Cacao House

Better this, this is the flagship four story Cacao House, Dark Sugar’s biggest and boldest chocolate shop yet.

As soon as you walk in, the smell of rich chocolate hits you – and this is what makes their ice-creams and hot chocolates so spectacular as both are covered in sumptuous chocolate shavings.

The range of Dark Sugars chocolates and truffles is incredible from liquor infused sweet treats to popping candy (Jamaican White Rum is a particular favourite) – vegan chocolates are also available.

Address: Dark Sugars, Greenwich Market, 9 Nelson Road, London SE10 9JB

Dark Sugars Greenwich Flagship Cacao House

33. Greenwich Picturehouse

This five screen Greenwich cinema is housed in a modern complex and shows a mix of mainstream, independent, arthouse and foreign films. Greenwich Picturehouse also has an onsite Gallery Cafe and a large bar upstairs.

Address: Greenwich Picturehouse, 180 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8NN

Get your London cinema tickets in advance here >

Greenwich Picturehouse

34. The Fan Museum

We aren’t sure if there is a special term for a fan of fans, but we think they’ll definitely be visitors to the Fan Museum in Greenwich.

Spanning over 1000 years of fan history (for real, this isn’t ‘hot air’), The Fan Museum has two collections consisting of over 7,000 objects.

The Fan Museum is currently open Tuesday to Saturday with tickets costing £5 per person – info correct as of February 2024.

Address: The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER

The Fan Museum Greenwich

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35. Greenwich Meantime Brewery Tour

A relative ‘newby’ on the London brewery scene, the Meantime Brewery’s first site in Greenwich opened in 2010, after originally being brewed in nearby Charlton.

Meantime Brewing is now one of the most established breweries in London and you’ll see their beer being poured in most major London bars.

They have a couple of bases in Greenwich including their main brewery and taproom in North Greenwich where you can do a guided brewery tour and beer tasting.

You can enjoy a Meantime Brewery tour at their Tasting Room in North Greenwich at Blackwall Lane, which lasts 1.5 hours and enables you to sample most of Meantime’s core craft beer range. The Meantime Brewery tour also includes 4 x ⅓ pint tastings.

Meantime Brewing Beer tours and tastings start from £25 per person.

Address: Lawrence Trading Estate, Blackwall Lane, London SE10 0AR

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36. Greenwich Peninsula Market

Another new thing to do in Greenwich for 2023 is the Greenwich Peninsula Market, now open every weekend at Peninsula Square (a great addition to the London Saturday market and Sunday Market scene).

In the shadow of the Greenwich O2 boasting a fine array of handmade crafts, independent producers and artisan designs, Greenwich Peninsula Market also has the best of British ingredients and farmers market stalls include cured meats, fresh loaves of bread and cheeses galore.

Greenwich Peninsula Market is run by the Real Food Festival and is open every Saturday and Sunday at Greenwich Peninsula Square from 11am to 6pm.

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37. Greenwich London Walking Tours / Food Tours

Our final thing to do in Greenwich is to take a walking tour. We hope this run down of all the best Greenwich activities has been comprehensive but if you are limited on time and want to pack in as much as possible, there are several Greenwich walking tour and food tour options

37. Greenwich London at Christmas

One of the most magical times to visit London’s Greenwich neighbourhood is at Christmas, when Greenwich Market becomes all festive and a Christmas ice-skating rink opens up in front of the Queen’s House.

Greenwich London at Christmas ice skating

As well as the usual artisan wares and crafts, festive decorations are festooned across the market and the main Christmas lights in Greenwich are switched on, marked by a Greenwich lantern parade through the streets!

In addition, the Queen’s House Ice Skating Rink opens up in Greenwich from late November until early January every Christmas.

Set against the backdrop of Royal Greenwich Museum’s Queen’s House, this is a ‘royally’ good affair (sorry) and one of London’s most scenic ice skating rinks.

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38. Waterstones Greenwich Upstairs Cafe

Waterstones bookshops are a fairly common site around London (including a rather epic Waterstones in Piccadilly).

Not only is this a great place to buy travel books and the latest novels, but not many people know it is also a cute cafe upstairs that looks out over Greenwich.

Popular with local residents and swotting students, this is one of the more laid back cafes in Greenwich and a nice way to have a coffee and do some reading.

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40. K Miso Beauty Greenwich

K-Pop along to Greenwich Market to find this cute Korean beauty store, a small shop overlooking the main market with a wide range of K-beauty products like face masks and make-up.

K Miso Beauty Greenwich Korean beauty store London

Located on Turnpin Lane and a little bit of South Korea in Southeast London, K Miso is easy to spot with its green exterior – products can also be bought online.

Until Olive Young opens a London branch, this is a great way to stock up on K Beauty products in London.

K Miso Beauty Greenwich Korean beauty store London

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