If you prefer riverside views, then Greenwich has an incredible 8.5 miles of open river frontage, stretching from Maritime Greenwich across the entire Borough. That’s miles of safe, uninterrupted walking with family & friends without crossing a single road, as the majority is along the Thames Path!
Head just a few miles down the Thames Path from historic Maritime Greenwich toward Greenwich Peninsula, home to entertainment giant The O2, Emirates Air Line, Up at The O2 and The Tide – a brand new walkway designed by the architects behind New York’s Highline. You’ll find plenty of art dotted along the river here, from Anthony Gormley’s Quantum Cloud to not one but two pieces by Damien Hirst!
There’s also Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, a peaceful oasis which makes for a lovely little detour to spot the resident birds and wildlife.
Keep heading East along the river from Greenwich Peninsula and you’ll find the mighty Thames Barrier, which spans the Thames from Charlton to London’s East End. There’s a visitor centre here, and some picnic benches outside with picturesque views looking back through the Barrier, of London’s city skyline.
A little further on from here is the historic Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, with a striking architectural combination of the original grand military design that’s undergone a stunning regeneration. A cluster of imposing buildings are now home to a vibrant new arts & cultural quarter, where a wander through impressive plazas and broad pedestrianised avenues will often be enhanced by exhilarating street performances, or the bustle of the Farmer’s Market as well as some wonderful pubs and restaurants!
There are many, many more brilliant wide open spaces to explore in Greenwich, so many that we can’t possibly list them all here, but you’ll find loads more inspiration and info about them on our Top Parks & Open Spaces page.