Greenwich is having a serious moment.
After a £5 billion redevelopment fund, the area has undergone a huge regeneration and is now not only home to a cable car, a nearby airport and an arena that has hosted the likes of Beyoncé and Pharrell, but also boasts more cool new openings that you can shake a stick at.
From old favourites (yes, we still love The Cutty Sark) to the capital’s hottest new restaurants, bars, galleries and immersive theatre experiences, here are 15 reasons why this peninsula is quickly becoming London’s ultimate village, and why it should unquestionably be your next day trip.
Chef Stevie Parle of Rotorino fame and interior designer Tom Dixon (the man single-handedly responsible for the persistent copper home trend) are the dream duo behind Craft London – a new concept eatery that is quickly becoming London’s coolest restaurant. Dishes celebrate quality produce and food craft (hence the name) – from coffee roasting and fish smoking through to meat curing and home-grown veg from their very own city-based kitchen garden outside the restaurant. As for the interiors, well we think they speak for themselves…
Still a venerable sight, the famed Cutty Sark – the world's last surviving tea clipper – was the fastest and greatest of her age. Now perched on a glass pedestal on the water's edge in Greenwich, the ship’s rich history and wildly varying cargoes is on display for visitors to discover. Plus, you can also stand directly underneath all 963 tonnes of her.
Eltham Palace and Gardens
The gardens of this well-kept South London secret spring into life come summer, with 19 acres of leafy plants and blooms, while the Art Deco building is a delight in itself.
Emirates Air Line
Don’t have a head for heights? Then the Emirates Air Line may not be for you. If however, you’re a bit of a thrill seeker (okay we exaggerate, it’s not that fast…) you’ll love this cable-car ride over the Thames that offers birds-eye views of Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks.