I am so glad I finally made it to Greenwich.
Okay, it might be my second visit… But the first time I went it was a cloudy, mostly rainy day, my boyfriend was hurt and as you probably imagine I didn’t reach the viewpoint, which is apparently one of the best view of London that is possible to get. I’m skeptical about that…
After that first disappointed visit, I was in a urge to squeeze yet another day trip in my itinerary while I am in London. Which I succeed! Obviously.
So here’s what I did while being in Greenwich.
The minute I got out of the train, I headed to the viewpoint.
I didn’t have the chance to admire the view from the hill the last time, so I was desperate to enjoy it this time. Luckily for me, it wasn’t too crowdy. People just started to come to Greenwich and only a few people, myself included, were up the hill.
I did like the view. The partly-mainly sunny day helped my eyes reaching the center of London as I could see up to the London Eye. And Queen’s House and the University ahead of me were stunning from where I was. To say that it is the best view of London, hum, not sure about that though.
Yet I was so disappointed by the fees to get to the Meridian Line. Of course, I had a chance to be right in the middle of east and west at the same time. Still, the major part of the line and the coordinates must be paid.
The positive part is that I can now officially say that I’ve stand both at the Ecuador Line AND the Meridian Line. Yeah!
After what, I made my way through the park to get to the Queen’s House. Which is now used as a gallery. I’m not really into art, but I liked to see the architecture and there are explanations about the use of the rooms when they were used. Plus it’s free, so I won’t complain.
A tour around the University was in order as it is really gorgeous in itself. Maybe it’s just me who’s not accustomed to such intimidating structure, but I thought it was astonishing.
Then it was time for my favourite part of the day : the Greenwich market! My sweet tooth guided me through the alleys as french pastries, brazilian churros and portuguese pasteis de nata tempted me. Desserts weren’t the main part of the market but I spotted them first (oups…). As for vietnamese soup, italian pastas, greek gyros, and so much more, I couldn’t decide what to eat. And I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of vegan and vegetarian options as well… Even by the bakeries! Plus, every dish cost around 5-7£, which perfectly slipped in my budget. Vinyl, clothes, jewelleries and handcraft objects amongst other things can also be find at the market.
I finished my afternoon with a visit to the National Maritime Museum.
I was shockingly suprised at how much I loved it!
I’m a history lover so this probably shouldn’t have been a surprise to me that I fell in love with the museum. There was so much to see and too much to learn. Exhibitions were mostly about the First World War and the role playing by the English Navy, the trades with eastern countries such as China and India, the slave market between Africa and English colonies, and much more…
I thought Greenwich was perfect for a day trip while being in London as I could easily reach it with the DLR (Docklands Light Railway). Plus, the museum and the Queen’s House being free as well as the viewpoint of course, I needn’t to worry to overbudget which was exactly what I was looking for.
Have any recommendation of day trips that could be done on a budget from London? Let a comment below 🙂