Food and Drink
Greenwich is located a reassuring distance from the hustle and bustle of the inner city, but no more than 25 minutes away from central London. This leafy, green neighbourhood with many cobbled streets at its heart – has an abundance of space, attractions and amenities.
Attracting a diverse group of residents with its mix of culture, art, independent cafés, local boutiques and riverside setting, Greenwich is fast becoming the go-to place for those looking for just a little bit more from their London lifestyle.
Greenwich has a very intimate ‘villagey’ feel with many of its landmarks in the centre of town nestled close to one another. Nowhere is more than a short stroll away from The Gramercy Greenwich and there always seems to be something interesting going on.
Local residents of Greenwich are generally families and young professionals, many of whom work in the City. You’ll see students too, as the University of Greenwich is just around the corner. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and there is a real sense of community. The rich mix of diversity and multi-culturalism makes Greenwich a refreshingly different place to live.
History is on your doorstep in Greenwich and the pride in the past can be seen everywhere. Arguably the most striking example is the Cutty Sark, located a stones throw from the development and the world’s last surviving tea clipper, which now stands majestically in dry dock by the river. Originally built in Scotland (its name comes from a Robbie Burns poem), the Cutty Sark has been lovingly restored and carefully conserved.
Adjacent to Greenwich Park, The National Maritime Museum Greenwich is brimming with stories of exploration and endeavour at sea. The historic Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory, which houses the Prime Meridian, are two more examples of the sense of heritage that runs through Greenwich.
Don’t be surprised if you spot a film crew in Greenwich as Hollywood has not been slow to feature locations from the royal borough in a wide range of movies including Les Miserables, Pirates of the Caribbean, The King’s Speech and, perhaps unexpectedly, Thor: The Dark World.
The greenness of Greenwich comes to life in Greenwich Park, just a 5 minute walk from the development, and sitting alongside the National Maritime Museum. The former hunting ground of Henry VIII who was born in Greenwich, the Royal Park is one of the largest single green spaces in south-east London. It attracts dog walkers, rollerbladers, picnickers, families and people just out for a stroll. It has a massive children’s playground, boating lake, London’s longest herbaceous border and an enclosure dedicated to a herd of red and fallow deer.
Walking through the park to Blackheath is the perfect Sunday outing, particularly if it leads to a pub for Sunday lunch. Or, you could simply relax by the waterside with a drink at one of the many historical pubs.
But there is another walk to consider, one that takes you under the Thames. Located near the Cutty Sark, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel links Greenwich to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs – where you can experience a view of Greenwich depicted in the famous Canaletto’s painting ‘A View of Greenwich from the River’.
Greenwich has had its own theatre for over 150 years so treading the boards is well established here. Performing a mix of classic and contemporary productions, the Greenwich Theatre is particularly involved with supporting young and emerging artists. Film lovers should head for the Greenwich Picturehouse, a great venue for blockbuster and indie movies, while Up the Creek is London’s longest established comedy club.
Near to North Greenwich tube is the O2 Arena, one of world’s foremost music and live entertainment venues. There’s plenty to keep you entertained locally but you are also only a short journey away from the West End theatres and nightlife.
The shopping experience in Greenwich is a satisfying combination of local independent stores, small boutiques and a sprinkling of well-established national chains. But the focus is very much on the much-loved Greenwich Market, which is set within a World Heritage site. The centre of the market is filled with endless stalls offering crafts, vintage clothes, hats, cards, jewellery, antiques and all sorts of “collectors” items, while the fringes feature independent shops. The market is also a food-lover’s heaven with street food from virtually every country in the world ready to tempt.