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Escape The Everyday with Your Friends

A group of young people climb Up at The O2 on Greenwich Peninsula.

For a memorable get together with your friends and to make up for all that lost time, a day out in Greenwich, the home of time, will have something spectacular to fill every second. So, grab your squad and kick-start your day properly, at one of our many coffee shops and roasters, with a host of friendly baristas ready to serve up a fresh grind with delicious cakes and bakes. Once you’re energised, let the adventures begin.

Morning

First stop it’s time to go cruising without the crowds, head for Greenwich Pier to pick up your Hop On and Off passes, then blow the cobwebs away on the open upper deck of a City Cruises boat, take in both riverbanks of the world’s famous River Thames, glide past the city’s most famous landmarks, including Westminster, Tate Modern and the Southbank, The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Make sure your phone has full charge and snap those selfies as you pass underneath the river’s iconic bridges. Disembark back at Greenwich Pier and continue your day of discovery.

Afternoon

Venture to parts unknown as you uncover more of Greenwich on one of the many Guided Tours. As the capital’s greenest Borough, the best way to explore it is on foot with your very own personal tour guide. There’s plenty of open spaces to wander, including royal parks, historic woodland and 8.5 miles of open riverside, make sure you walk The Line, London’s first public art walk, it’s full of inspiring sculptures from Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and Alex Chinneck, it also has insta spots along the way. You’ll also be guided around Greenwich’s famous highlights including palatial palaces and the UNESCO world heritage site, then onto the hidden gems, picturesque streets and historic alleyways, as some tours end at Greenwich Market, home to art galleries, antiques and amazing street food, it’s the perfect hang out for a late lunch. Sample dishes from all corners of the world, just take your pick.

Following food, it’s time to work the carbs off and take your next steps to the Old Royal Naval College. Here, you can escape to an epic crowd-free cultural experience in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. Discover the hidden gem of the Painted Hall boasting one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe. Stroll the wide-open spacious grounds and gardens and you’ll feel like the star of the show, the site is regularly used as a location and stunning backdrop for television productions and feature films such as Netflix's hot new Regency-era romance, Bridgerton; The Dark Night Rises; The Crown; Thor: Dark World; Kingsman and Skyfall - so, step onto this famous set for a truly memorable afternoon.

Evening

To top your Greenwich day off it’s time to reach new heights, Up at The O2. Choose from a sunset or twilight climb, with enhanced health and safety measures in place, you’ll be treated to a more intimate and memorable experience than ever before. Clip in and be guided with your besties up the 52-metre-high climb, walking over the roof of the world’s most popular entertainment venue, on a walkway that is suspended just above the iconic tent canvas! You’ll be blown away by the amazing views of London and the twinkling lights, along the river Thames when you reach the top, it’s a truly unrivalled way to see the city. Just make sure you’ve got your panoramic mode at the ready to capture the 360° vistas.

As soon as you’re back on the ground, find an idyllic spot to relax in one of Greenwich’s riverside pubs or bars, the Sail Loft or Trafalgar Tavern are perfect for supping and spending the last hours of your evening.

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  1. City Cruises

    Greenwich

    City Cruises depart every 30 minutes, every day of the week, all year round from four fantastic piers near Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich. Boats are designed to give you the best vantage point of river life. Enjoy the views from the open air upper deck or comfortable saloon…

  2. Greenwich Royal Tours

    Greenwich

    Greenwich Royal Tours specialise in guided walking tours of maritime Greenwich. In addition to our Greenwich Tours we now offer tours in Central London.

  3. Greenwich Tour Guides Association

    Greenwich

    Greenwich Tour Guides Association is the oldest established guiding group in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and have specialised in everything Greenwich for over 30 years. They provide daily tour and bespoke group tours.

  4. The Line

    Greenwich Peninsula

    The Line is London's first dedicated public art walk. Its outdoor exhibition programme illuminates an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free.

  5. Greenwich Market Food Court

    Greenwich

    Street food stalls at Greenwich Market serve up a fabulous menu of food from all over the world, that changes every day.

    There’s chocolate and churros, Indian and Ethiopian, truffles and teriyaki, plus pancakes and panzerotto among others.

    At weekends the eateries expand into Durnford…

  6. Old Royal Naval College

    Greenwich

    The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece: a British landmark encompassing some of the finest buildings in the world. Home to the newly conserved Painted Hall and the neoclassical Chapel of St Peter and St Paul.

  7. The Painted Hall

    Greenwich

    Known as the 'UK's Sistine Chapel', The Painted Hall is a true masterpiece, boasting one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe. The extraordinary ceiling and wall decorations were conceived and executed by British artist Sir James Thornhill.

  8. Up at The O2

    Greenwich Peninsula

    Up at The O2 takes you on an exhilarating 90-minute climb over the roof of the world’s most popular entertainment venue. See a different side of the city, by day, at twilight or sunset.

  9. The Sail Loft

    Greenwich

    Riverside Fuller’s pub & kitchen with the best view in town!

  10. The Trafalgar Tavern

    Greenwich

    Victorian Riverside Pub

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
City Cruises (51.48371,-0.0095)Greenwich Royal Tours (51.48301,-0.00897)0.08
Greenwich Royal Tours (51.48301,-0.00897)Greenwich Tour Guides Association (51.48296,-0.00901)0.01
Greenwich Tour Guides Association (51.48296,-0.00901)The Line (51.50023,0.00356)1.9
The Line (51.50023,0.00356)Greenwich Market Food Court (51.48158,-0.00906)2.03
Greenwich Market Food Court (51.48158,-0.00906)Old Royal Naval College (51.48327,-0.00556)0.28
Old Royal Naval College (51.48327,-0.00556)The Painted Hall (51.48301,-0.00584)0.03
The Painted Hall (51.48301,-0.00584)Up at The O2 (51.50134,0.00373)1.93
Up at The O2 (51.50134,0.00373)The Sail Loft (51.483,-0.01418)2.15
The Sail Loft (51.483,-0.01418)The Trafalgar Tavern (51.48457,-0.00423)0.64
Total Distance *9.04 miles
Estimated Journey Time17 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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