A Walk Around Greenwich – London

A walk around Greenwich with Joolz and L&Q.

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First there’s the peninsula where you can see modern art by Anthony Gormley, Alex Chinnek and more, stretching all along The Line as far as the Olympic park.

Take a trip up the River Thames to the place where Admiral Lord Nelson’s body was taken after the Battle of Trafalgar. His body arrived here on Christmas Eve of 1805 pickled in brandy! It is said that the sailors would help themselves to a sip whilst he was in transit and this is where we get the expression “tapping the admiral”. Les Miserables was filmed at the Royal Naval Hospital and Joolz even bumps into one of its stars, Patrick Godfrey, in pub by the Cutty Sark.

The first observatory in England was built by Sir Christopher Wren in Greenwich park where Edmund Haley charted the course of Haley’s Comet and you can stand astride the meridian where east meets west. It was also in this park that Sir Walter Raleigh places his cloak over a puddle for Queen Elizabeth I.

Climb the O2 centre for spectacular views of London or see a global sporting event or music concert inside the dome which also featured in the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough”. Further down the river you can see the Thames Barrier and also an ecology park.

Take an Emirates cable car for wonderful views of the river or visit the Now Gallery for new and innovative art installations. You can even hit a few balls on the driving range or walk by the tree where Queen Elizabeth the first played as a child and King Henry VIII got married to Anne of Cleves.

After a trip to the National Maritime Museum why not relax in one of Greenwich’s many pubs. Joolz chose The Plume of Feathers which has been here since 1691!

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