This Greenwich area guide features plenty of things to do in and around the Royal Borough of Greenwich, including Lewisham, Blackheath and Deptford. We’ve tried to include some ‘secret’ spots that only locals would know of, along with the more well-known attractions.
So whether you’re looking for something to do, somewhere to eat or some family fun, our guide to Greenwich will help. And if you’re looking to move to the area, take a look at Davison Close, our upcoming Greenwich development.
PLEASE NOTE: Many of these attractions are temporarily closed, offering only a takeaway service, or subject to restrictions due to Covid-19, so please check before you go and stay safe.
Greenwich area guide
Things to do in and around Greenwich
Firstly, let’s look at some of the most famous attractions on offer. Above all, Greenwich is a historical area, with a rich cultural heritage.
- Board the Cutty Sark and explore. Learn the history of the fastest ship of her day.
- The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is always a hit with visitors. You can even take a virtual tour online.
- Visit the Queen’s House royal palace for art, architecture and English history.
- Greenwich Park has something for everyone, including the Wilderness deer park and secret garden wildlife centre.
- At the Royal Observatory you can stand on the meridian line, or explore space at The Planetarium.
- Take in an awesome view of London from The Point.
- The O2 Arena is a world famous venue for live music, sport, comedy and entertainment. You can even climb to the top of it for a 360º view of London.
- Greenwich Market is open Thursday – Sunday 11am til 4.30pm, offering antiques, art and crafts, plus delicious market food. They even host a ‘virtual market’ on Instagram.
Eating and drinking in and around Greenwich
Secondly, let’s explore some of the best places to eat and drink in the area.
- The Hill restaurant is just an 8 minute walk from Davison Close. The menu is Mediterranean with a Latin American twist and serves delicious pizza!
- For traditional pie and mash, try Goddards at Greenwich.
- Pop into Blackheath village for great coffee and baked goods at La Petite Boulangerie Jade.
- Head over to Deptford High Street for new bars and restaurants including pub-curry, vegan, Vietnamese and breakfast options.
- Brockley Market is an award-winning, bustling Saturday market for local fresh produce, artisan breads and pastries, plants and flowers.
- Marcella in Deptford provides simple, delicious Italian-inspired dishes, using the best seasonal British ingredients.
Secret spots in and around Greenwich
Thirdly, we’re sharing some local ideas that you might not have heard about.
- Learn the history of fans and how they’re made at The Fan Museum, followed by a traditional afternoon tea at The Orangery.
- The Model Market in nearby Lewisham is a 1950s market with a rooftop bar offering tasty street food, DJs and cocktails. Open Fridays & Saturdays, 5pm till late.
- Likewise, Deptford Market Yard houses a collection of independent shops, restaurants and a vibrant new market space. From quirky cocktails served in teapots to craft beer, tapas or artisan florists, you can find everything you need and more here!
- Check out arty Deptford Cinema for independent films from a wide range of artists and filmmakers.
- Oliver’s Jazz Bar is a hidden gem for live music and jam sessions.
- Try to escape from a real, decommissioned plane by solving puzzles on The Riddle Within’s Flight 338 (age 12+).
- The Albany is a performing arts centre and lead partner for the Family Arts Campaign, aiming to ‘raise family engagement with arts and culture’. It does amazing theatre productions for kids.
- New Cross Gate Cutting in Brockley is a secluded reserve area of woodland and open glades, on the slopes of a deep railway cutting, with 170 species of flowering plants.
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance hosts special programmes for those with disabilities, older people, children and families and Blackheath Halls showcases music, comedy and dance performances.
- Lewisham Arthouse is a Grade 2 listed building with courses, workshops and events offered by studio holders. These include classes in ceramics, printmaking, music and life drawing classes.
- Greenwich Picturehouse is a welcoming neighbourhood cinema showing a variety of mainstream, indie, family, foreign language and documentary films. It has a great little bar too!
Family fun in and around Greenwich
Finally, let’s look at what’s good to do with children and young people in and around Greenwich.
- Take a walk or bike ride along the Thames Path, which runs all the way from Greenwich to Erith along the river.
- Blackheath hosts one of London’s largest free fireworks shows each November.
- Icon outlet at the O2 might be the perfect way to spend a rainy day. It has great shopping at discounted prices, along with restaurants and bars.
- The Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a tranquil, natural space for a walk and a chance to spot some local wildlife.
- The National Maritime Museum in the centre of Greenwich has interesting exhibitions and special activities especially for children.
- Catch the Thames Clipper into town for a stress-free journey, taking in all the sights along the river.
- Walk through the foot tunnel from the Cutty Sark to the Isle of Dogs and visit Mudchute Park and Farm, where you can meet all kinds of rare breed animals and even llamas!
- Take some exercise or enjoy a picnic in Hilly Field’s Park, Brockley.
- Greenwich Theatre offers productions from the local, national and international stage, including an award-winning pantomime and a programme of theatre for children and young people.
Moving to the Greenwich area
We hope you’ve found this Greenwich area guide helpful. In summary, Greenwich is a vibrant place, with an exciting range of amenities, attractions, restaurants and bars to choose from. In addition to this, new businesses are opening all the time, with quirky, social and creative ventures thriving.
The Greenwich area is therefore a fantastic community to be a part of. There’s truly something for everyone and the easy access to parks and other green spaces mean it’s a wonderful place for children to grow up.
P.S. here’s 10 more things to do in Deptford.