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A Christmassy Day Out

Children carrying festive lanterns through Greenwich at the annual Lantern Parade.

Amazing experiences and boutique shopping make Greenwich the perfect place for a fun, Christmassy day out! From shopping to skating, we’ve got a handy guide jam-packed full ideas to give you all the festive feels. Let’s go!

Morning

Greenwich has an outstanding selection of coffee shops and bakeries to grab yourselves a tasty treat once you arrive. Pop into Grind for exceptional coffee in their iconic pink cups, artFix for homemade cakes and tarts, Paul Rhodes Bakery for the most divine pastries or Crosstown Doughnuts to sample their new festive flavours including Magnum Whisky Cream Liqueur and Chocolate & Honeycomb. Up for something more substantial? Try The Old Brewery in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College for their hearty brunch menu, or Bill’s for a traditional full English or their incredible, buttermilk pancake stacks!

Mid-Morning

Take a walk up through Greenwich Park to the top of the hill, where as well as incredible views of the London skyline, you’ll standing right next to the Royal Observatory – home of the Prime Meridian of the world. Here, you can place one foot in east and the other in the western hemisphere, and all before lunch!

Lunch

After building up an appetite make your way into central Greenwich where there’s an abundance of outstanding food on offer. Maybe have fish & chips and a pint in one of the fantastic riverside pubs or a pre-Christmas meal in the restaurants dotted around the town centre. Within Greenwich Market’s Food Court you can choose from an array of international cuisine that changes every day. There’s chocolate and churros, Indian and Ethiopian, truffles and teriyaki, plus pancakes and pizza among others!

Afternoon

Get your skates on and head over to the Queen’s House to take a spin on London’s most magical ice rink! Set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll enjoy unbeatable views of Greenwich Park, the Old Royal Naval College and the river Thames as you weave (or wobble) your way across the ice. Make sure you grab a mulled wine to warm up as you head on to the next stop.

Mid-afternoon

Take a wonder around the historic lanes of Greenwich Market, with its glittering roof, all decorated and lit up by the Christmas Lights. Pick up unique and handcrafted gifts from the boutique shops and stalls as the smells of mulled wine and mice pies waft through the air.

Evening

When you’re ready to head off, make sure to stop by Cutty Sark Gardens for a magical end to your day. Gaze up at the famous Cutty Sark Christmas tree as it sparkles in front of the river. What a sight! Take the Docklands Light Railway back to central London from Cutty Sark station. It only takes 20 minute, and it goes right under the Thames, before taking you overground, all the way through the spectacular architecture of Canary Wharf lit up in the dark, back to the city.

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Product Information

  1. Greenwich Grind

    Greenwich

    Greenwich Grind offers a restaurant, cocktail bar and a garden space perfect for drinking and dining, plus a grab-and-go counter open daily for coffee.

  2. artFix Greenwich

    Greenwich

    A café, gallery, co-working space, a learning centre and a pop-up venue in Greenwich Market. 

  3. The Old Brewery

    Greenwich

    A unique and historic pub

  4. Greenwich Park

    Greenwich

    Overlooking the River Thames and home to some of London’s most iconic views, Greenwich Park is an amazing mix of 17th century landscape, stunning gardens and a rich history that dates back to Roman times.

  5. Royal Observatory

    Greenwich

    Visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s only Planetarium.

  6. 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…

  7. The Queen's House Ice Rink

    Greenwich

    Discover the Queen's House Ice Rink, the most beautiful outdoor ice skating location in London.

  8. Greenwich Market

    Greenwich

    London’s favourite market was established by Royal Charter in 1700 and originally sold fruit, vegetables and livestock. Nowadays it’s the centre of Greenwich shopping life, with shops and stalls all undercover, packed with art, antiques, fashion, jewellery, handmade gifts and more.

  9. Cutty Sark

    Greenwich

    Visit Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of its time. Now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich, London.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Greenwich Grind (51.48086,-0.00874)artFix Greenwich (51.48164,-0.00938)0.09
artFix Greenwich (51.48164,-0.00938)The Old Brewery (51.4829,-0.00821)0.15
The Old Brewery (51.4829,-0.00821)Greenwich Park (51.477,0.00137)0.84
Greenwich Park (51.477,0.00137)Royal Observatory (51.47784,-0.00135)0.19
Royal Observatory (51.47784,-0.00135)Greenwich Market Food Court (51.48158,-0.00906)0.61
Greenwich Market Food Court (51.48158,-0.00906)The Queen's House Ice Rink (51.48177,-0.00427)0.3
The Queen's House Ice Rink (51.48177,-0.00427)Greenwich Market (51.48158,-0.00904)0.3
Greenwich Market (51.48158,-0.00904)Cutty Sark (51.48258,-0.00945)0.1
Total Distance *2.57 miles
Estimated Journey Time5 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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