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  • What’s New for Greenwich in 2019

    What's On for the Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2019
    Home to the Meridian Line and Greenwich Mean Time, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, The Queen’s House, The O2, ICON Outlet at The O2, Emirates Air Line cable car, Old Royal Naval College, Eltham Palace and Gardens, Ranger’s House, Greenwich Market and Greenwich Park.
    Greenwich Comedy Festival

    Annual Events 2019


    NBA Basketball, The O2 – 17 January

    IKEA Greenwich opens – 7 February

    The Brit Awards, The O2 – 20 February

    Cutty Sark 150th Anniversary Celebrations start 1 February

    The Big Half – 10 March
    Tower Bridge to Greenwich half-marathon finishing at Greenwich Park with a festival for all the family

    C2C Country to Country Festival – 8 to 10 March

    Painted Hall re-opening – 23 March

    English Tourism Week – 30 March to 7 April

    ICON Outlet phase 2 opening – March/April

    2019 London Marathon, Starts in Greenwich Park – 28 April

    Royal Greenwich Festivals – spring/summer

    Sail Royal Greenwich – spring/summer

    Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – 20 June – 6 July

    Moon Festival – 19 – 26 July

    Greenwich Music Time, Old Royal Naval College – 1 to 7 July

    The Moon, National Maritime Museum – 19 July – 5 January 2020

    Magazine – a new Greenwich Peninsula venue opens. September.

    Grand Medieval Joust, Eltham Palace and Gardens – Summer

    On Blackheath – 7 – 8 September

    Totally Thames – 1 – 30 September

    Greenwich Comedy Festival – September

    Greenwich Performs – October

    Nitto ATP Finals, The O2 – 10 – 17 November

    Blackheath Fireworks – 2 November

    Christmas at Greenwich Market – November / December

    Panto at Greenwich Theatre, November to January

    London Pantomime Horse Race – 15 December

    Royal Museums Greenwich
    The National Maritime Museum

    Four new galleries opened at the National Maritime Museum in Autumn 2018. Looking into exploration in its widest sense, Pacific Encounters, Polar Worlds, Tudor and Stuart Seafarers and Sea Things exhibit around a thousand objects from the collections and provide access to areas of the Museum previously closed to visitors.

    A new exhibition will celebrate the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world on 21 July 1969. The Moon is a major exhibition to explore our evolving relationship with the Moon across history. The Moon will present a scientific and cultural history of our nearest celestial neighbour, encompassing exploration, mythology, art and science. The exhibition will show that the Moon has always acted as a mirror for humanity’s dreams, obsessions and endeavours.

    Royal Museums Greenwich
    Cutty Sark

    Cutty Sark, one of the world’s most famous ships, the last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time will be marking her 150th anniversary in 2019. To celebrate, Cutty Sark will be hosting a range of special events throughout the year, including concerts, theatre and poetry performances relating to her Victorian maritime heritage and historic connections to China, Australia and the rest of the world. Celebrations start with an Anniversary concert with BBC Singers on 8 March 2019.

    Royal Museums Greenwich
    Royal Observatory
    Royal Observatory

    The Royal Observatory’s hugely popular Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year returns in 2019 to celebrate the very best in astrophotography from around the world. The winning images are selected by an expert judging panel and will be displayed alongside a selection of the shortlist images in a special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum.

    Old Royal Naval College
    The Painted Hall
    Old Royal Naval College

    After many months of careful and painstaking work, the newly conserved Painted Hall will be reopening on March 23 2019 with a new shop, café and Sackler Gallery space in the King William Undercroft. There will be a new entrance into the Painted Hall from the Undercroft plus a new multimedia guide, family trail and interpretation materials.

    The Old Royal Naval College remains a popular film location for everything from Bond to BBC drama.

    Festivals in Greenwich
    Crowds Blurry at Greenwich Comedy Festival

    Greenwich is an eventful destination with a wide range of arts and music festivals taking place throughout the year. The Big Half gets things rolling on  10 March 2019 with a half marathon from Tower Bridge to Greenwich followed by a celebration of London’s diverse culture, food and music in Greenwich Park.

    The London Marathon races through the Royal Borough on 28 April and Royal Greenwich festivals, a series of events aimed at local people, get under way in the late Spring. Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, London’s biggest outdoor free festival runs 20 June to 6 July and Greenwich Music Time takes over the Old Royal Naval College from 1 – 7 July.

    A Moon Festival is planned for July 19 – 26 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Moon landing. More music in store at OnBlackheath on 7 and 8 September, plus events on and around the river with Totally Thames from 1 – 30 September. October sees the second year of a brand new festival mainly based around Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, Greenwich Performs.

    There’s also Greenwich Comedy Festival and Greenwich Book Festival to fit in during the summer and early Autumn.

    MBNA Thames Clippers
    A brand new boat
    MBNA Thames Clippers

    MBNA Thames Clippers launch their newest and biggest boat during the first quarter of 2019. With a capacity of 222 passengers, the new Venus Clipper has been designed with commuters in mind, with 50 more seats on board than its sister Hunt-class vessels Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper, which joined the fleet in summer 2017.

    The new boat also features more tables, making it more adaptable for specialist charters and commuters alike. The new boat represents a £3.8 million investment for MBNA Thames Clippers and should enable the river bus service to carry an additional 300,000 passengers annually.

    The vessel will be used across the operator’s six routes depending on demand, as well as to support specialist charters and cruise transfer requirements for the Central London Moorings.

    Ranger's House
    English HeritageRangers HouseLondon

    Ranger’s House is an elegant Georgian villa in Greenwich Park which houses The Wernher Collection, a remarkable collection of works of art amassed by diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher, a glittering spectacle of nearly 700 works of art.

    After a period when entry was only permitted as part of a guided tour, Ranger’s House re-opens for its first full visitor season in March 2019, four days a week (Sunday to Wednesday), 11am to 5pm. Groups of 11 or more can continue to book in advance for group rates and special packages.

    Greenwich Peninsula and The O2
    Greenwich Peninsula

    Greenwich Peninsula continues to transform as new homes and attractions continue to be built. Among the important new openings in 2018 was the first phase of ICON Outlet at The O2, a designer outlet shopping experience featuring brands including Kurt Geiger, Aspinal of London, Cath Kidston, Hackett, G-STAR Raw, Ted Baker, Guess, Jack Wills, and many more. More brands and a selection of restaurants and cafes will be added during the second phase in 2019.

    Also due to open in 2019 is Mamma Mia – The Party, a glorious night of song, dance and celebration featuring favourite ABBA songs performed by actors and musicians all around the audience and including Mediterranean food & drink!

    A Design District is currently under construction next to the NOW Gallery, and due for completion in 2020. Oxygen Freejumping, an exciting trampolining based attraction opened in The O2 in the autumn of 2018. On the movie front, Cineworld multiscreen cinema now contains the latest 4DX technology as well as the ability to host multiple screenings, premieres and events.

    Magazine, a new 3000 seat venue will open on the Peninsula in summer 2019.  It will be a multi-purpose space, for concerts, conferences, exhibitions. and special events. An outdoor space, The Showground, will add a further 7,000 capacity and panoramic views of the Canary Wharf skyline, as well as opening up the possibility of outdoor festivals and celebrations.

    New shopping and entertainment opportunities
    Icon Outlet

    Magazine London is a new event space on Greenwich Peninsula. It’s a purpose-built, 24,179 sq m destination offering a blank canvas for culture and commerce.
    The venue is the largest of its kind in London with  3,205 sq m of versatile interior space for up to 3,000 people and can extend to accommodate a further 7,000 people across the venue’s outdoor showground. It will certainly change the look and feel of Greenwich Peninsula!

    ICON Outlet at The O2 opens a second phase of the world’s best accessible fashion and lifestyle brands together under the famous tented roof, alongside brand-new restaurants, cafés and bars. The new phase continues the exciting developments that began when ICON Outlet opened in October 2018.

    And there’s a first for Greenwich Peninsula as IKEA opens it’s first store there on 7 February. This is London first new IKEA superstore for 13 years and measures 344,445 square feet.  The store includes solar panels, greywater recycling and rainwater treatment reducing the water usage by up to half.


    An exciting new cultural quarter is planned for the Royal Arsenal Woolwich which will transform a series of landmark historic buildings into a 16,500m² creative district along the Royal Arsenal riverfront.

    The development will include a large-scale performance venue with capacity for more than 4,000 people, a black box theatre seating up to 450, an open-sided quadrangle courtyard for performance seating up to 600, ten rehearsal studios, artists’ studios and offices for resident companies and public facilities including a cafe and restaurant overlooking the River Thames.

    The Royal Borough of Greenwich, Visit Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust and Greenwich + Docklands Festivals have successfully bid for funding for a three year marketing and cultural programme to promote Woolwich as a cultural and creative destination.

    A new programme of festival and events is being delivered to complement the existing heritage offer and places to shop, eat and drink. Woolwich, a Cultural Destination will include performances from world class performance artistes encompassing productions both inside and outdoors.

    Alongside the cultural showpieces, Woolwich has a fast developing food and drink offer complemented by the 2018 opening of Public – Street Feast’s SE18 street food stadium in the old public market. This latest addition to London’s well-known Street Feast locations is already a big hit with local food fans and set to grow even more popular in 2019.

    After its 2018 debut, it is anticipated that Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair will return to the Royal Arsenal in the autumn of 2019. With over 350 specialist artists and exhibitors, it’s the only fair in London to deal solely in contemporary printmaking, and the largest of its kind in the UK. With an incredible range of prints for sale, interactive demonstrations and workshops, and a programme of talks and tours, the event offers visitors of all ages an insight into the practice of printmaking and what to look for when starting to build their own collection.

    Eltham Palace and Gardens
    Medieval Jousting
    Eltham Palace

    See brave knights battling it out in real tournaments, displaying feats of strength and skill that could rival today’s top athletes. Eltham Palace and Gardens hosts a medieval joust with all the pageantry and pomp of the past. Henry VIII grew up in Eltham Palace and was known to enjoy jousting when he grew up, and the great tradition continues today.

    This annual event is a beautiful day out for the whole family with food and drink available along with the amazing thrill and action of an authentic medieval joust.

    Cruise Ships
    Greenwich Cruise timetable

    Greenwich is the London hub for international cruise ships with dozens of vessels visiting every year. Ships moor in Greenwich Reach, a few hundred metres from Cutty Sark and visitors are brought ashore by launch.

    You can see exactly when cruise ships are expected during 2019 in our cruise ship arrival time table.


    The Elizabeth Line

    The Elizabeth line is now due to open in late 2019 or early 2020, postponed from December 2018. The new Crossrail service will slash the journey time between Woolwich and the West End. The route will eventually pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.