What to do if you don’t like Christmas

London from Old Royal Naval College Water Gate

There’s lots to do in Greenwich this Christmas and it’s not all tinselly, so if you’re not a festive fan you’ll still be in for a splendid time. Have you been to the National Maritime Museum to see Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution? Have you? You should, it’s great!

It’s an exhibition dedicated to Samuel Pepys, a man who lived through one of the most eventful and tumultuous periods of British history ever, and then wrote about it in his famous diary.

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, RevolutionSamuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution
Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, RevolutionSamuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution


He witnessed the execution of Charles I, the Plague and the Great Fire of London and was also a womaniser and terrible gossip. I say terrible, but of course he was a very GOOD gossip, and you can find out about what he gossiped about, and the times he lived in, at the exhibition.

What about the Fan Museum? Have you been to the Fan Museum? Why not? It’s one of the only museums of its kind and it’s housed in two gorgeous Georgian houses in the centre of Greenwich. You have until the end of the year to catch Made in China, the latest exhibition, an exploration of the art and craft of Chinese fans. Hurry!

Made in China Fan Museum

And the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory will be in full astronomical flow over the Christmas break, with Christmas Stars, We are Aliens, Meet the Neighbours and Space Safari with Ted the Teddy Bear.

Don’t forget Greenwich Park, Greenwich Market, the Old Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum and all the rest of the cool stuff you can find in Greenwich. Take a look at our Events page or Things To Do for more inspiration.