London Away From London: 6 Greenwich Gems That Don’t Feel Like The City

If you ever feel tired by the hustle and bustle of London, don’t worry you’re not alone, but we may have a solution for you. Why not leave your responsibilities behind, wave at the buzzy financial district from all the way across the river, and embark on a day out in Greenwich where you’ll be surrounded by scenic river views, historic architecture, and some pretty marvellous museums. These cobbled streets and awe-inspiring settings will make you feel as though you’ve escaped the city, even though you’re only a few stops away on the DLR. Thankfully, there are plenty more retreat-esque spots in London if you know where to look - psst, just search the word ‘peaceful’ on the Bindy Street app and thank us later.

1. Trafalgar Tavern

Trafalgar Tavern Pub and outdoor seating area in Greenwich, London

Standing tall and grand on the banks of the River Thames, Trafalgar Tavern is a Victorian pub rooted in the area’s history so much so that it’s considered a local landmark. With a cobbled outdoor seating area and a view of the river lapping up towards the windows, you’ll feel as though you’re in an old English town rather than the city. The interior offers a different experience, one that can be compared to stepping into a fancy Victorian mansion with beautiful glass chandeliers, a grand staircase, and decor straight from the olden era.

Location: Park Row, London SE10 9NW


2. The Painted Hall

The Painted Hall at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London

If, for whatever reason, you were blindfolded and it was taken off at The Painted Hall in Greenwich, you may utter the words ‘wait… are we in Italy?’. In this historic architectural space, 40,000 square feet of walls and ceilings are covered in striking paintings created in the Italian Baroque style and feature 200 figures including iconic royals and mythical creatures. Originally designed by Sir James Thornhill in the 18th Century, the building underwent a two year conservation project and is now open to the public to experience its awe-inspiring beauty and history.

Location: Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9NN



3. The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum in Greenwich, London

True to its name, The Fan Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the art of fan making and its rich history. Opened in 1991, their award-winning collection is the product of years of preservation and is home to a variety of hand fans from all over the world spanning all the way back to the 12th century. Wander around this pair of Grade II-listed townhouses and feel as though you’ve been transported back in time to the early Georgian period. If you're interested in fan making, be sure to check out their workshop every first Saturday of the month where the experienced Caroline Allington will take you through everything you need to know.

Location: 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER


4. The Old Brewery

The Old Brewery Beer Garden in Greenwich, London

With The Old Royal Naval College as its backdrop, grabbing some craft beers at The Old Brewery could not be more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The venue boasts one of the best beer gardens in the area, decked out with umbrellas for some much needed shade and a close-up view of the stunning architectural centrepiece of Greenwich, the grounds of this World Heritage Site are open for the public to freely explore and admire. 

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


5. Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market Entrance in London

Established back in 1700, Greenwich Market was once where Londoners flocked to buy their fruit, vegetables, and livestock. These days, it’s pivotal to the area’s thriving shopping atmosphere with independent shops and stalls offering everything from arts and crafts, handmade jewellery, and scrumptious street food from all over the world. With its cobbled stone floors, stunning portico entrance, and quaint alleyways decorated with colourful bunting, you’ll be delighted to discover this historic gem in the city.

Location: 5B Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ



6. The Hill

The Hill Mediterranean restaurant in Greenwich, London

Tucked away on Point Hill, The Hill is a Mediterranean restaurant with a vibrant Latin American twist. The space has a homely, relaxed atmosphere with beautiful Ecuadorian artwork adorning the walls and an intimate patio garden perfect for a late summer’s evening of alfresco dining and drinks. As for the menu, choose from a selection of fresh seafood dishes or an Argentine Sirloin steak paired with a glass of Spain’s finest for a dining experience that feels like anything but city living.

Location: 89 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8SE


Planning a trip to Greenwich and need some inspiration for your bucket list? Create a collection of all of your favourite spots with our Discover Greenwich guide, free to download on the Bindy Street app.

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