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Greenwich has something for everyone
Member Name: hanniea1
Advantages: Free Museums, Great Park
Disadvantages: Some place a bit expensive
Greenwich is my home borough and the town of Greenwich is somewhere that I love to visit on a regular basis. Having grown up in the area I can honestly say that some of my best memories are held in Greenwich from being a little girl, teenager and now adult (ha ha sort of)
So I thought it was only right that I write a review on Greenwich because I love it so much.
So to start with some Greenwich facts, Greenwich is in South East London and is home to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Mean Time & the meridian line and the Royal Observatory. It is also home to the O2 formally the Millennium Dome (but we will keep that quiet), a royal Park and the Cutty Sark (which is currently closed for renovation due to reopen in 2010). Greenwich is a historic town and is famous for its architecture. The museums in Greenwich as with most of the Museums in London are free entry apart from the Cutty Sark.
Greenwich has good transport links with the DLR, river boat service and North Greenwich tube station and lots of bus routes so is easy to get to and is around a 20 minute journey from Central London.
One of my favourite days out is to go to Greenwich park be it in the Summer or Winter. Greenwich Park is very special to me as it's the place I used to spend most of my time as a young girl.
When you enter Greenwich Park from the entrance on Blackheath the first part of the park you will come to is the flower garden the gate to the garden is on the right just as you walk in the main gate. The flower Garden is fragrant and full of lovely flower beds as the name would suggest. It is also home to the lake which always has hungry ducks and geese waiting for children to come and feed them their endless supply of stale bread. Just a bit further into the garden is the entrance to the Deer enclosure this is a popular part of the park with my daughter and we spend quite some time trying to spot the deer.
The Squirrels in Greenwich Park have to be without a doubt the friendliest in London, they will quite happily come up to you while you eat your sandwiches and sit and wait for a while you reward them with a nut then run off only to come back for more even my slightly over excitable 3 year old shouting and squealing they are still happy to approach!
Greenwich Park also has one of the best views in London. From the top of the hill, under the Wolfe statue, you get a fantastic view of the river and docklands and North London. The hills in the park are great for sleighing down on snowy days or rolling down on sunny days.
The other part of the park we spend a lot of time in is the kids play park just outside of the play park is a boating lake where you can paddle around in your very own boat not sure how much this cost but you can hire a boat for an hour or half an hour in the summer months. The play park has a big sand pit and lots of play equipment you can also get refreshments from the little hut situated in the middle of the play park.
Just across the road from the park is Greenwich Market, Greenwich Market is a quirky under cover market selling all sorts of bits and bobs mainly arts and crafts and antiques and my favourite thing of all the food! All types of food are available at the market from all different cultures and I can spend most of the time I am there eating my favourite is the Jerk Chicken stall and the Crepe stall but all of the stalls have yummy goods for you to buy and eat!
When I fancy a drink after all that food my favourite place has to be the Trafalgar Tavern which is situated on the river. It's a lovely cosy Pub with a lovely view out onto the river and on a hot day you can sit outside and watch the boats go by. They have a barbeque in the summer and also serve food inside but it's a bit on the pricey side.
Greenwich has lots of independent shops selling everything from clothes to books and also some of the recognised high street chains like Waterstones and Marks and Spencers food to go.
I really cannot recommend Greenwich enough, Maybe I am a bit biased but I am sure that anyone who goes to Greenwich for a day out will not be let down and have a great time.
If you do go I will be the one rolling down the hills in the park or stuffing my face in the Market.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Highly Recommend a visit