Blue Nile Cafe, Woolwich, Greenwich, London, SE18
The new jewel in Woolwich’s diverse food scene is Eritrean/Italian restaurant, Blue Nile Cafe. A former sausage-making shop, the aged interior has been restored to create something a little more Shoreditch than Woolwich. The menu has a mix of Italian and Eritrean classics, harking back to Eritrea’s colonial history, from Italian coffees, pasta and ice-creams to Eritrean ‘kemem’ tea, warm ‘ful’, meat stews and ‘himbasha’.
Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London, SE10
Greenwich’s covered market is full of treats and treasures, from antiques and art to food and drink. It’s right in the centre of Greenwich, and open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00-17.30.
Ride the front of the DLR
There aren’t many enjoyable journeys you’ll have on public transport in London but the DLR does have its perks. Running on ground level, the Docklands Light Railway is an automated metro rail service that offers spectacular views of east London, taking in the River Thames, Canary Wharf and The O2. As there’s no driver, try and nab the front row for the best seats. There are two stations in Greenwich (Greenwich, Cutty Sark) and one at Woolwich Arsenal giving access to east London and the City.
Up at The O2, Greenwich Peninsular, Greenwich, London, SE10
Yet another thing to do if you visit the ever-expanding Greenwich Peninsular. Book into Base Camp and get kitted up for your attempt on the summit of The O2. Take the walkway over the top of the domed roof and pause on the top for a 360 degree viewing platform, offering spectacular views of the skyscrapers in Docklands and the Olympic Park across the Thames.
Emirates Air Line, Greenwich Peninsular, Greenwich, London, SE10
If you’re at The O2 or ExCeL Centre, then take a trip on Emirates Air Line, a cable car crossing the River Thames in east London. The journey takes about five minutes and costs £3.20 for an adult and £1.60 for a child if you buy with a pay as you go Oyster Card. Nearest stations to the terminals are North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line or Royal Victoria on the DLR.
Oxlea Wood Cafe, Shooters Hill, Greenwich, London, SE18
Nestled in Oxlea Wood at the top of Shooters Hill, Oxlea Wood Cafe is a great place to go for breakfast at the weekend. Once you’ve refueled, you can walk it off by exploring the woods, a site of special scientific interest, that forms part of London’s Green Chain walk.
Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London, SE10
Following an extensive refurb following a fire in 2007, the Cutty Sark, once the fastest tea clipper on the water reopened in 2012 and looks incredible.
Greenwich Foot Tunnel South Entrance, Greenwich, London, SE10
Sir Alexander Binnie’s Greenwich Foot Tunnel crosses beneath the River Thames between the Isle of Dogs and Greenwich. The glass-domed southern entrance to the tunnel is located next to the refurbished Cutty Sark clipper in the centre of Greenwich, close to the Cutty Sark DLR station and next to Greenwich Pier where the Thames Clippers river buses stop.
St George’s Chapel, Woolwich, Greenwich, London, SE18
This church was heavily bombed in WW2 but is still used today by the Royal Artillery Regiment for open air services. Thanks to £400K raised, it is soon to be restored, but is impressive even without the roof. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said it had “magnificent mosaics” and who are we to argue. It’s a short walk from Woolwich Arsenal Rail Station.
Woolwich Market, Woolwich, Greenwich, London, SE18
Woolwich Market is not the prettiest but has a certain charm and is always full of people and stuff.