The Local Guide To Greenwich


Greenwich was the site of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich from 1675 to 1842 when it was relocated to South Kensington ] (now known as Westminster, and the Prime Meridian Line still passes through Greenwich. Maritime Greenwich, associated with tourist attractions including the National Maritime Museum, is east of Greenwich, across the River Thames. There are always special events at Richard 1st</em>, and you can check out the calendar for what they have in store. They also have a range of drinks, so you and your friends can pick something that sounds right for you.

Get In

The first and most obvious is to take the train from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge or Waterloo, South Greenwich Forum ( Greenwich station is well-served by trains that run from as far west as Reading and as far east as Shoeburyness. The main City Branch Line runs from London Bridge to Greenwich station if you're coming from central London. The journey takes 15—20 minutes and costs £3 or £4. There is a free National Rail service named 'London Overground'which stops at / goes through Greenwich providing stops at North Greenwich,,,, and.

By car: Greenwich is only accessible from the north until roadworks end (Dec 2011). From the south take the A2 through London and then join the A102 at the Blackwall Tunnel. After about 2 miles, follow signs for London in good time, because there will be congestion due to road works on Blackheath Hill until Dec 2011. If you are coming from the east or west by car, it may be quicker to use one of the other two options.

Greenwich is very well connected to the rest of London by public transport. The DLR connects Greenwich to Canary Wharf, London City Airport, and points east; the Emirates Air Line cable car starts at North Greenwich Underground Station (the DLR/Overground interchange) and goes direct to the ExCeL Exhibition Centre; and the regular train service connects with central London, Kent and the southeast of England. By train The fastest way to get to Greenwich is by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which is the only rail line which serves central London.

It was opened in 1987 and links the financial district at Bank with North Greenwich, a tube station located just outside Greenwich Old Royal Naval College. The trip takes from 25 to 30 minutes and costs £3. 10. The most obvious and quickest way to get to Greenwich is on the London Underground (Tube). Take the Jubilee Line from the north or the Central Line from the south to the DLR station at North Greenwich.

Get Around

If you are walking along the Cutty Sark DLR station, just past the tunnel into Greenwich is a tall Victorian building called the Naval College and next to it is a smaller green brick building that was part of the original observatory. It is now the National Maritime Museum. The main entrance to this museum is at the very top of the building, but for our purposes, enter by going into what looks like a small, cramped corridor, just next to the World War II light tank.

You’ll see a sign saying ‘THE OBSERVATORY’ beside an arrow pointing up some stairs. Cutty Sark station is on the DLR and National Rail. To get to Cutty Sark from London Bridge, catch any northbound train and change at Canning Town (Docklands Light Railway) or North Greenwich (National Rail) to a southbound train. It is also possible to walk there from the Millennium Dome/ExCeL Exhibition Centre. There is also boat service available from central London several times a day.

The Cutty Sark is quite easy to find as it is very close to the DLR station of the same name – Greenwich’s main line rail and tube station is Greenwich (DLR) on the Jubilee line, and Old Greenwich on the Central, Bakerloo and DLR lines. By road, Greenwich is well served by Blackwall Tunnel approach roads and the A102, which goes through the heart of Greenwich. One of the most enjoyable ways to visit the Greenwich area is on foot and, in particular, to go for a walk along the Thames Path which begins just upriver from Greenwich Pier.

This goes all the way to London Bridge (more than 20 miles to the east), passing under many bridges and by numerous landmarks. Add in the fact that there are a few other things to do at Cutty Sark DLR station, and it’s clear that this is one of the best ways to get around Greenwich (even though it is very close to central London). For example, British Airways i360 observation tower is only a 10 minutes walk from the station.

Get around. All the locations mentioned in this article are within easy walking distance of each other and both the Cutty Sark DLR station and Greenwich Pier. Note that the Royal Observatory is up a short but steep hill. From there a short five minute walk leads you to Canada Square and into the town centre. The first is by boat, which stops at the Thames Barrier Visitor Centre. The second is by DLR train from Greenwich, and the third is by train from London Bridge.


There is a restaurant in Greenwich called: The Pit Stop. It is great for families. It has a menu filled with various foods from bacon to spicy chicharones. They also have breakfast items like pancakes or even French toast. The most popular item is the BBQ Burger. It comes with french fries and a drink for $8. 95. Parents come here because they can eat here as well as just order food for their kids who might be picky eaters.

If you are too hungry and want appetizers, they have those too, such as chips, guacamole, queso seco, and more. Greenwich is an eclectic mix of market stall restaurants, high end restaurants, gastro pubs and traditional English pubs. It is the only place in London where you can watch football or baseball live (Go Giants). Greenwich has restaurants of different types and costs. There are lots of restaurants serving English food from around the UK and some from abroad.

Tourist Information Centre

By train. This is the cheapest method of getting to Greenwich but will take you about 40 minutes. There are three train stations serving Greenwich; Greenwich, for trains running west through Central London to the suburbs and Kent in the south-east; Maze Hill, located just to the north of Greenwich town centre itself; and a terminus station at North Greenwich, used mainly by Crossrail services and Thameslink trains running from Bedford into Blackfriars or Farringdon stations.

Note that many National Rail services between central London and Sittingbourne stop at Greenwich you can check which on platforms 3/4 at Central London stations (London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross etc) as well as checking online here. By train: The most convenient way for those coming from central London is to go to the Woolwich Arsenal station, which has fast links with the underground and will get you to Greenwich in about 10 minutes.

From Knightsbridge, there are two ways of getting to Woolwich Arsenal station. One is by changing at Embankment Underground Station and taking the District Line to Blackfriars; then taking the replacement night bus N73 (timetable). The other option is to take the underground to Knights Crossing, then take the overground connection between Elephant and Castle before changing at either Bricklayers Arms or Elephant & Castle Underground Stations for Woolwich Arsenal. There are regular rail services from London Bridge, and stations in central London including King's Cross St Pancras, Moorgate and Victoria.

Alternatively Greenwich itself has a railway station. Bus services are available from all areas of London, particularly central London. By train: take the DLR from London Bridge, Bank or Tower Gateway or the Jubilee Line from Westminster. Because of the large number of lines in central London you might find it easier to walk to your nearest Underground station and then use this to get to Greenwich. Strictly speaking there is no Tourist Information Centre at Greenwich, the nearest tourist office being at Cutty Sark Gardens (open every day).

By Boat

River cruises are a good way to get a feel for the River Thames. The Tourist Company organises some of them. Notable vessels include HMS Belfast, DJ Cockerell’s unforgettable 1930s barge, and Sabrina, Foyle Pride and Lady Rose, three 5-star house boats with top quality accommodation. Food is not served on board by the vessels that plough these historic waters, but there are numerous riverside options including pubs, restaurants, and cafes along the Gloucester and Millbank riverside areas.

Daily boat service by Westminster-Greenwich ferries. Can be affected by strong tides and stream in force 7 days a week, with intervals varying from 24 to 130 minutes. Thames Clippers run a 24-hour river service on weekends and public holidays between March and October, departing every 20–30 minutes from the pier at Blackfriars, calling at Embankment and London Bridge City Pier (just behind London Eye). There are numerous boat trips that criss-cross the River Thames.

By Docklands Light Railway (Dlr)

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR; often known as DLR) is an automated light metro system operating in the Docklands area of London. The system opened in 1987 and has seen substantial expansion since then. The DLR provides rapid local rail services within the Docklands and links to central London and Greenwich via the District, Circle, Jubilee, Southeastern and the Hammersmith & City lines of the London Underground. The 24 minute DLR journey from Bank to Cutty Sark takes you under some of London's most iconic landmarks including Tower 42, Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena.

At its present rate of expansion Cutty Sark station will be connected to Canary Wharf station by 2012. The DLR is unlike any other train network in world, with single car carrying enough passengers to be classified as a tube train and a whole infrastructure set up for automated running. The system has been a favourite amongst tourists ever since it was established and is used by millions of Londoners everyday to reach their businesses and residential area.

The DLR system is one of the cheapest ways of getting into London from central London. If you're staying in zone 1 you can get a TravelCard or even contactless ticket. This will allow you to access all parts of London via the tube, bus and overground train network for any additional journeys that you would like to make while you are in the city. The Docklands Light Railway is a real treat and should be experienced by all London visitors.

This isn’t just any old rail system; the DLR rivals underground trains as it travels over 500m above ground. Because of this, you’ll see some stunning views of the City of London on your way to Cutty Sark station in Greenwich. Enjoy some of the most beautiful parts of London as you take a stroll by Cutty Sark and the Maritime Museum. This is the oldest parts of the DLR network and offers one of the greatest views of central London.

With the towering glass and steely buildings, you’ll have spectacular views from Greenwich. By Docklands Light Railway (DLR). This automated rail system runs from central London terminals at Tower Gateway (adjacent to the Tower of London) and Bank (with interchange to the London Underground). Catch a train bound for Lewisham and get off at Cutty Sark station in the town centre. One of the most popular London tourist attractions, the river provides a beautiful backdrop to your trip with several unmissable landmarks and sights along the way.

By Rail

By road. There are several main roads which cross the borough and meet at Greenwich. The most important is the A2, which runs north-south along the Thames Estuary into Essex. The A102 provides a link with east and south London via the Blackwall Tunnel, East India Dock Road, and into Greenwich itself via Deptford and New Cross. The main operating base of London's ferry services is on the Thames, at Woolwich. In Blackheath, get off at the first stop after Catford Bridge, either Lee or Lewisham stations.

Note that Lewisham is further away than Lee. In Greenwich, all trains start at platforms 3 and 4. In both Greenwich and Blackheath, the rear portion of the train opens for entry and exit at all stops. By road (M2/A2/A21). Entrance is next to the Shell garage. There are frequent buses (R63, 138, 391 and 395) from Beckenham Junction station (zone 3), Bexleyheath station (zone 4), Catford Bridge (zone 3) and Lewisham station (zone 4) to Greenwich town centre.

Distances from various points. By road. No designated Tube bus connects with the DLR at Greenwich. Instead, buses to the station can be caught from various points on the southern side of the river, including Eltham and Charlton. By road. The A2 runs to Greenwich from the Elephant & Castle, Deptford, New Cross and Lewisham (with some traffic diverted via the A200). There is an information kiosk just behind the Palace, open daily. Restaurants in Greenwich offer menus for all budgets.

By Tube

By train. London Bridge is the nearest mainline station, from which National Rail c2c trains run to Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal. From both stations, buses (or the walk noted above) are required to get to central Greenwich. Thames Clippers operate a boat service every day between between Westminster Pier near the embankment in Central London and the central piernext to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. You cannot use the DLR to reach Greenwich. The nearest and best stations are North Greenwich on the Jubilee line (above ground) or Cutty Sark for the ferry, which is a 15 minute walk along the Thames Path.

Please note that Monday-Friday exiting from Cutty Sark station you will need to follow the pedestrian signs to Borough tube station and change onto the Jubilee line there. By DLR.  There are two stations which are close to Greenwich, Cutty Sark for the Maritime Museum and Island Gardens for the Royal Observatory, but a walk in this direction would be a mistake as it is a very long walk into town, a minimum of 30 minutes each way.

It is far easier to either get the above bus or walk via Blackheath which is a much shorter journey. The best way to get to Greenwich is by taking the DLR. This is a great little train, and there are trains every few minutes from all directions which stops just outside the park, at Cutty Sark for the Maritime Museum and then on to Island Gardens for the O2 Arena or the Greenwich Peninsula for the Dome/Exhibition Centre.


The history of Greenwich is inextricably linked to the Thames River, which flows alongside it for 18 miles (29 km) and was the centre of maritime activities.  Greenwich has many tall properties, which offer views across the River Thames, contravening London planning regulations. Greenwich has restaurants of various types and costs, from chain-store inexpensive to individually owned top quality. Greenwich is home to a couple of nationally top quality restaurants including the Odeon of Hoboken (located inside the Maritime Hotel) and Del Posto which rated.

Greenwich is a town rich in history and has some of the best restaurants in the world. While Greenwich is known for its upper class residents, it has several fine dining restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisines. Greenwich has many restaurants of different types and costs to suit all budgets. There are also buses that go from various places around London to Greenwich. Buses within London are generally fast, cheap and reliable if there aren't too many traffic jams at the time you are travelling.