Maritime Greenwich is undoubtedly one of my favourite areas in London. I don’t know if I’m slightly biased because it’s walking distance for me but it has this brilliant way of making you feel like you’re miles away from London whilst also being reminded just how close you are. There’s also lots of things to do and still get change from £10.
Where to eat
Goddard’s Pie and Mash shop has been a Greenwich staple since 1890! “Eel Pie Houses” as they were traditionally known date back to the 1700s and Goddard’s still feels traditional. A single Pie and Mash will set you back a mere £4.30. Just expect the queues out of the door on a Saturday lunch time. Think the best possible ‘dinner lady’ vibes and relish in the old fashioned bench style seating. The perfect place to warm up on a chilly winter day and if you’re feeling adventurous be sure to give the jellied eels a try.
Up the creek comedy club is my favourite to visit. It’s hosted an array of comedians including James Acaster, Joe Lycett, Tim Vine and more recently Nish Kumar. Every Wednesday it is home to “Shoot From The Hip” a comedy improv night and if you’ve never seen a comedy improv night before you MUST. This particular one is free to visit too. If that wasn’t enough comedy for you it also hosts every Thursday “The Blackout” one of the most exciting nights of comedy you’ll ever see. 15 amateur comedians have 2 minutes to impress, succeed and they’ll carry on for a further 3 minutes. Fail? Well the crowd can get pretty rowdy for a comedian they don’t like. The first time I went a poor guy was booed off in the first 30 seconds. Brutal. Entry to The Blackout is £6 or free for students.
Weekends in Greenwich are fantastic if not for the vast array of markets available. You obviously have the famous Greenwich Market with all of it’s artwork, food and artisan coffee but just up the road you have both the vintage market and clock tower market. Be sure to stop by the vinyl stall and have a browse if music is your love. My best friend once managed to find a yellow stone roses vinyl and to this day I’m still insanely jealous! There’s everything from clothes, to antiques and jewellery. Well worth a peruse and all free to look around.
I defy you to go to Greenwich and not stop by the park. Not only is it home to The Royal Observatory, next to The Royal Naval College and close to the Queen’s house, it’s also a great place for dog walkers, families and everyone! There’s stunning views and even a deer park. The Pavillion Cafe is a great spot for afternoon tea or any kind of pit stop. Which you’ll need if you took the ‘steep’ route to the top though it’s well worth the climb. The park itself is free to visit but entry to the observatory and naval college is charged separately.
So there you have it, just some of my favourite things about Greenwich.
More information about what’s coming up at Up The Creek can be found at their website www.up-the-creek.com/