Boasting gorgeous greenery, elaborate architecture, historic museums, bustling markets, a giant live music venue and a glorious food and drink scene to boot – Greenwich is quickly becoming one of London’s go-to hotspots. Take a look at our ultimate guide to the best restaurants, pubs, theatres and museums in the pretty peninsula…
WHERE TO EAT:
Champagne + Fromage
Anywhere that serves up bubbles with a side of baked camembert is a winner in our book. Look forward to French-imported fizz, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie boards, salad plates, afternoon tea, and a small selection of indulgent desserts.
34 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BL
Chef Stevie Parle, of Rotorino fame, and interior designer Tom Dixon are the dream team behind the incredibly slick Craft London. Interiors, as you can imagine, are as contemporary as they come, with Tom Dixon’s signature copper accents scattered in every nook and cranny, whilst the menu is a celebration of quality produce and food craft (hence the name) – featuring everything from coffee roasting and fish smoking through to meat curing and home-grown veg, sourced from their very own city-based kitchen garden just outside the restaurant.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0SQ
With owners from Ecuador, there’s a Latin American influence at this quaint neighbourhood hangout, although food follows more of a Mediterranean theme. Dishes on the menu include fresh salads, hand-carved Iberico ham pastas, pizzas and cariucho de pollo. South American dishes feature in the weekly specials and in empanadas, Ecuadorian ceviche and lomo a la pimienta – Argentinian fillet steak with peppercorn sauce.
The Hill Restaurant, 89 Royal Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8SE
This wine-led restaurant not only offers top-notch grub and knowledgeable sommeliers, it’s also famed for its delicious breakfast spread. Hole up for the aforementioned brekkie, lunch or a dinner (with wine pairing, naturally) and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0ES
The sister site to the Shoreditch original, this southern branch of Rivington Grill has a suitably nautical theme, with brass fixtures and a mirrored mezzanine. Like the flagship restaurant, this Greenwich outpost has a meat and fish-focused menu, featuring flavoursome plates of sirloin steak, Cornish mussels, fresh catch of the day and hearty rabbit pie.
178 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 8NN
Just a stone’s throw from the Royal Observatory, the Pavilion Café is the perfect pit stop for a laid-back lunch date. Tuck into rustic sandwiches, soups, slices of pizzas, freshly made cakes, Fairtrade tea and coffee or a cheeky glass of vino whilst soaking up the serene views of Greenwich Park.
Blackheath Avenue, Blackheath, Greenwich, SE10 8XJ
Look forward to sushi platters, skewered meats and fish and colourful salad bowls at this Asian chain eaterie.
1 Nelson Road, Greenwich, SE10 9JB
This glamorous gem specialises in steak, seafood and cocktails, set in sumptuous surroundings. Opulent chandeliers dangle from the ceilings above white linen-clad tables and luxe leather banquets. Fresh Italian pastas are served alongside bounteous plates of sushi, fresh seafood and grilled meats, whilst steaks come sizzling and smoky, hot off the coals of the Josper barbecue grill.
1 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, Greenwich, SE3 9LJ
WHERE TO DRINK:
The Old Brewery
The spiritual home of London’s long-standing craft revolution, The Old Brewery is based inside a former Victorian brewhouse on the site of Christopher Wren's Old Royal Naval College. A hotspot for hop heads, naturally, but there’s also a cosy dining space that serves up a seasonal menu of British classics – think mint Dorset lamb medallions; pork and sage sausages and pan-fried Gresssingham duck breast.
The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9LW
The Cutty Sark Tavern
Famed for its glorious riverside views and irresistibly cosy décor, this Thames-side hangout has been a long-standing watering hole for over two hundred years. Serving up a range of classic pub dishes with a focus on fresh seafood, this Georgian gem is a must for a Saturday afternoon lunch date.
4-6 Ballast Quay, Greenwich, SE10 9PD
A firm favourite for family-friendly lunches, this rustic gastropub nestled on the outskirts of Greenwich Park is the perfect setting for lazy weekend lounging. Devour a menu of hearty British-European classics and veritable vintages from all over the world.
1 King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9JH
WHAT TO DO:
This historic south London market has been selling its eclectic wares since 1737. These days it combines a buzzing food court with an array of quirky craft and design stalls, selling everything from fashion and art to music and antiques. Venture into the food court to sample some of the best street food this side of the Thames. Be sure to try the Brazilian churros; delicious vegan creations from Return to Shashamane; and Planet Pancakes’ incredibly moreish mini pancake stacks.
5b Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ, open seven days a week, Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am - 5:30pm, with more food stalls at the weekend.
Home to a small herd of deer, Greenwich Park is a World Heritage site with a playground area for the kids, a large café and beautiful gardens, making it a great spot for family days out. It’s one of the largest green spaces in London with spectacular views that stretch out across Greenwich and Canary Wharf, and is also home to the Royal Observatory, Maritime Museum and Meridian Line.
Inspiring visitors and critics with its unique, alternative range of installations, Now Gallery is a bubbling hotpot of activity for creative types. Nestled on Greenwich Peninsular, this public exhibition space exhibits a range of work from established and emerging artists and designers, featuring everything from contemporary art and fashion, to photography and design.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ
Catch everything from gripping dramas, live music performances and fun-filled family pantos at Greenwich’s main theatre venue.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ES, UK
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park
This four-acre wetland area scattered with woodland, marsh, meadow and rippling lakes and streams is home to a variety of plant life and wildlife including frogs, toads and newts, dragonflies and a range of birds which can be observed from specially designed hides.
John Harrison Way, Greenwich, SE10 0QZ
One of London’s biggest music and live performance venues, you’ll get to see the crème de la crème of the music and comedy scene perform under the bright lights of the O2 Arena. If you’re the adventurous type, book Up at the O2 – a soaring climb to the top of the O2 via a walkway, suspended 52m above ground.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich SE10 0DX
With everything from galleries and restaurants to floating gardens and village-style fetes, Greenwich Peninsular is a creative hub of activity, perfect for a weekend of cultural pursuits.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0SQ
Explore the Moon, constellations, planets and more at the Royal Observatory. Stand on the on the Meridian line at the home of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), journey through space in one of their thrilling planetarium shows and marvel at breathtaking views of the O2, Canary Wharf and the River Thames. A guaranteed fun day out.
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, SE10 8XJ