Greenwich Village

Today we will spend a day taken at a leisurely pace to enjoy the beautiful views and wander around a museum.

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

From Hotel to Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR Station:

  • Total travel time is about 1 hour 2 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway
  • Take the District Upminster to Cannon Street Underground Station
  • Total travel time is about 27 mins (14 stops)
  • 11th Stop: Temple, 12th Stop: Blackfriars, 13th Stop: Mansion House
  • Alight at Cannon Street Underground Station and walk 4 mins to Bank Station DLR
  • Take the DLR Lewisham to Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR Station
  • Total travel time is about 18 mins (10 stops)
  • 7th Stop: Crossharbour, 8th Stop: Mudchute DLR Station, 9th Stop: Island Gardens

We will visit the following:

  1. Cutty Sark
  2. Greenwich Market
  3. Greenwich Park (2 hours)
  4. Royal Observatory (2 hours 30 mins)
  5. National Maritime Museum, Free (2 hours )
  6. The Queen’s House
  7. The Painted Hall
  8. The Trafalgar

Stop 1 – Cutty Sark
Continue on with the river behind us, heading up Greenwich Church Street. From here turn left onto Turnpin Lane, boasting many fine houses dating back to the early 1800’s, into Greenwich Market

Stop 2 – Greenwich Market
Exit the market onto Nelson Road and turn left along King William Walk. Enter Greenwich Park and walk up the hill.

Stop 3 – Greenwich Park
Continue up the hill toward The Royal Observatory

Stop 4 – The Royal Observatory

  • Stand at the centre of world time and space, on the prime meridian of the globe. The Meridian line crosses the Observatory courtyard (entrance fee) and it also crosses Greenwich Park. We can see the line up close for free by going through the small gate to the right of the clock and the examples of British Weights and Measures on the wall next to the Observatory.
  • Trivia: To help people synchronize their clocks to Greenwich Mean Time, the Astronomer Royal in 1833, John Pond, had the time ball installed on top of the observatory. The ball drops daily at 1:00pm all year-round – so get our mobile phones and our watches ready!

Stop 5 – National Maritime Museum

Leave the Observatory and head back down the hill. Follow the marked paths and signs toward the National Maritime Museum

  • One of the highlights is the actual jacket that Nelson wore during the Battle of Trafalgar (allow for 2 hours).

Walk along the marked path towards The Queen’s House

Stop 6 – The Queen’s House

From here walk towards the river and turn right onto Romney Road. Then make a left onto Park Row and walk all the way down to The Painted Hall
Stop 7 – The Painted Hall

We can take part in their guided tours of the space or download their self-guided tour http://www.ornc.org/assets/images/shared/ORNC_PH_leaflet_(ENG).pdf

Stop 8 – The Trafalgar
We could also have a look around the Old Royal Naval College (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/old-royal-naval-college.php). Don’t miss the famous Painted Hall and Chapel (allow for 60 mins).

If you haven’t already had a spot of lunch, then we recommend walking into the historic town centre. Greenwich (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/greenwich.php) is a World Heritage Site that dates back hundreds of years, and there are plenty of old pubs in Greenwich.

When you’ve got some energy back, take a stroll up the hill in Greenwich Park (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/greenwich-park.php), for some fantastic views of the London skyline. Then check out the Royal Observatory (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/royal-observatory.php). The museum covers everything from time-keeping to astronomy, and there is a large planetarium on site with several shows a day (allow for 3 hours in total).

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

National Maritime Museum (Free)

Opening Hours:  10:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Sun); Last entry 30 mins before closing

Visiting hours are subject to change

Address:  Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF

Tel:  Work 0208 312 6565

Ticket cost:  Adults free entry

Time required:  A typical visit to National Maritime Museum lasts 1½-2 hours (approx)

Web:  rmg.co.uk (http://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum)

Buses:  129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 386

London bus fares (http://www.londondrum/transport/bus-fares-ticket-prices.php)

Trains:  Cutty Sark (http://www.londondrum.com/transport/trains.php?station=cutty-sark) DLR

The closest train station to National Maritime Museum is Cutty Sark (http://www.londondrum.com/transport/train-station.php?near=nationalmaritimemuseum)

London underground fares (http://www.londondrum/transport/train-fares-ticket-prices.php)

Some of the photographs taken in London.

Royal London Tour

Royal London Tour, River Thames Walk
Breakfast options: Food purchased the night beforeMacdonaldsSushi from WasabiDoorstepHome-made sandwiches, muffins, dougnuts  
Note: Starting this tour around 10:00 will result in being near St. James’s Palace during the Changing of the Guard. Start: Green Park Underground Station Finish: Parliament Square for Westminster Underground Station Duration: 2 – 3 hours depending on watching the Ceremony
After breakfast, we shall commence our Royal London Tour. From Hotel to Green Park Underground Station: Total travel time is about 21 mins. From Hotel  walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway Take the  Piccadilly Arnos Grove to Green Park Underground StationTotal travel time is about 14 mins (7 stops) 4th Stop:  South Kensington, 5th Stop:  Knightsbridge, 6th Stop:  Hyde Park Corner Underground Station Take the exit for BUCKINGHAM PALACE.   Walk towards the black marble DIANA FOUNTAIN. This is our Start Point  
We will be making the following places for photo ops:   Plan Route: Stop 1 – Green ParkStop 2 – Buckingham PalaceStop 3 – Clarence HouseStop 4  – St. James’s PalaceStop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s HouseStop 6 – Trafalgar SquareStop 7 – Admiralty ArchStop 8 – St. James’s ParkStop 9 – Horse Guards ParadeStop 10 – 10 Downing StreetStop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big BenStop 12 – Westminster Abbey (Paid) – Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Open Monday -Saturday (Sundays are for worship only) the public is free to wander around at their leisure.  
Stop 1 – Green Park: Take the path that directs us towards BUCKINGHAM PALACE and follow it to the end of the park.
Stop 2 – Buckingham Palace: We now want to walk AWAY from Buckingham Palace. Look at the VICTORIA MEMORIAL and notice that her back is to the Palace and she is facing down a long red road known as THE MALL. Walk down the MALL and stop when we see large black gates on the left side of the road.  
Stop 3 – Clarence House: Continue down the Mall and take the first LEFT onto MARLBOROUGH ROAD. Walk to the end of the road and make a LEFT onto the main road, PALL MALL.
Stop 4 – St. James’s Palace: Now go back on ourself, staying on PALL MALL, cross over MARLBOROUGH ROAD and continue going straight. Stop at 80 PALL MALL.
Stop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s House: Now continue down PALL MALL until we walk to TRAFALGAR SQUARE.
Stop 6 – Trafalgar Square Leave Trafalgar Square by crossing PALL MALL toward The Admiralty pub. Take the small road to the right of The Admiralty, SPRING GARDENS. This road will bring us back to the red road of THE MALL.
Stop 7 – Admiralty Arch: Walk to the first set of traffic lights between us and the Palace. Here, carefully cross the road and, where it is safe to stop in the middle, we can see the entire length of the road toward Buckingham Palace. Cross to the other side of THE MALL. Continue walking straight ahead from the traffic lights down a small path with the concrete bunker (covered in ivy) on our right. At the bottom of this path is HORSE GUARDS PARADE.
Stop 8 – St. James’s Park  
Stop 9 – Horse Guards Parade Now walk toward the huge white building and walk through the CENTRE ARCH. As we go through the courtyard here we may see some of the Household Cavalry who are stationed here. Between 11:00am and 10:00pm there are usually two, mounted on horses, at the front of the courtyard here. Walk straight ahead onto the main road of WHITEHALL. Turn RIGHT and walk down until we get to the large black gates on our right side.
Stop 10 – No. 10 Downing Street Continue down WHITEHALL until we get to the huge traffic junction with BIG BEN on the opposite corner. Turn RIGHT onto PARLIAMENT STREET, where we will see Parliament Square opposite and red phone boxes on our side of the road.  
Stop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big Ben Here we also have a brilliant view of Big Ben.The small bells ring what we call ‘The Westminster Chimes’ every 15 minutes, and Ben rings at the top of the hour only Continue down PARLIAMENT STREET with Parliament Square on our left. When we get to the traffic lights, cross over and walk down PARLIAMENT SQUARE – with the square still on our left, and the statues of George Canning and Abraham Lincoln on our right. When we get to the corner, cross AGAIN into the courtyard of Westminster Abbey.
Stop 12 – Westminster Abbey Now cross BACK over the road into PARLIAMENT SQUARE
Stop 13 – Parliament Square  
Stop 14 – The Jewel Tower  
Lunch at: Flat Iron https://flatironsteak.co.uk/ The Laughing Halibut http://thelaughinghalibut.com/contact/
River Thames Walk Boasting some of the most picturesque views in London, this River Thames Walk will take us along the River Thames, taking in historic sights and beautiful skyscapes. This walk can be done both at night and in the day time. Estimated Time to Spend:  3 hours
START: Westminster Underground Station Take the EXIT for the River Thames and Westminster Pier. As soon as we exit the station we will see Statue of Boudica
Plan Route: Stop 1 – Statue of BoudicaStop 2 – London County HallStop 3 – The London EyeStop 4 – Cleopatra’s NeedleStop 5 – Somerset HouseStop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel StatueStop 7 – Temple GardensStop 8 – OXO TowerStop 9 – Millennium BridgeStop 10– Tate Modern MuseumStop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe TheatreStop 12 – The Clink PrisonStop 13 – Winchester PalaceStop 14 – GOLDEN HINDStop 15 – Southwark CathedralStop 16a – London Bridge Stop 16b – Borough Market  
STOP 1 – Statue of Boudica With the river to your RIGHT, walk away from the statue. Stop opposite the long building with the green tower in the centre.
Stop 2 – London County Hall CONTINUE in the same direction for around a minute before standing directly opposite the LONDON EYE.
Stop 3 – The London Eye Continue in the same direction. Go under the bridge until we reach CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE on the edge of the river (our RIGHT).
Stop 4 – Cleopatra’s Needle Continue in the same direction, under another bridge. On our LEFT will be SOMERSET HOUSE.
Stop 5 – Somerset House Continue until we reach the traffic lights. The statue on our left is of ISEMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL.
Stop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel Statue Stay along the river and continue walking until we see MIDDLE TEMPLE LANE on our LEFT.
Stop 7 – Temple Gardens We may wish to explore Temple Gardens. When we are done, return to the river and take note of the tall tower on the opposite side.
Stop 8 – OXO Tower Continue on until we reach Blackfriars Bridge. Continue along the river path UNDERNEATH the bridge. Stay on this path until we hit the MILLENNIUM BRIDGE. Walk across the Bridge, pausing in the middle for some good photo opportunities.
Stop 9 – Millennium Bridge At the Southern side of the Bridge is the TATE MODERN MUSEUM.
Stop 10 – Tate Modern Museum   Open today 10.00am–6.00pm   Get off the Bridge in front of the Tate Modern. As we step off the Bridge onto the Southbank, the Thames will be in FRONT of us and the Tate will be BEHIND us. Head to our RIGHT to visit SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE.
Stop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Keep the Thames on our LEFT and continue walking. We will cross under SOUTHWARK BRIDGE. Continue on until we walk past THE ANCHOR pub. The River path will then veer to the RIGHT. Follow it and we will be led underneath another Bridge toward THE CLINK.
Stop 12 – The Clink Prison Keeping the Clink on our RIGHT, continue down the cobbled path-way until we can see the ruins on our RIGHT.
Stop 13 – Winchester Palace Just AHEAD of us is a Ship. Walk to it, our next stop.
Stop 14 – GOLDEN HIND With the Golden Hind on our LEFT, walk down the road and then we will be facing SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL.
Stop 15 – Southwark Cathedral With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the LEFT and head down the path. On our LEFT side we will come to a set of stairs. CLIMB THE STAIRS. This puts us on top of LONDON BRIDGE
Stop 16a – London Bridge? The Tube and Rail Station are to our RIGHT and if we walk to the middle of the Bridge we can get stunning views of the City, as well as Tower Bridge.
Stop 16b – Borough Market With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the RIGHT and head down the street. This will bring us into BOROUGH MARKET. The wholesale market opens every morning from 2 a.m. but the retail market is Wednesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Photographs of sightseeing below: