Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the Prime Meridian of the world but that doesn't mean the line of longitude is the only notable thing about the area. Greenwich features some of the great restaurants, pubs that celebrate the history of the area and museums that make seemingly mundane topics fascinating. It's time the area became known for more than an invisible line, so check out our guide to the many things Greenwich has to offer.
Eating and drinking in Greenwich
Greenwich bars and pubs
Naval gazers will find plenty to satisfy them in one of Greenwich's many maritime-themed pubs (sink one in the Trafalgar or Cutty Sark taverns). Landlubbers can head to the Greenwich Union, which specialises in German beers. Think we've missed a great drinking spot in Greenwich? Let us know in the comment box below.
Restaurants in Greenwich
Greenwich can feel like a rural village that somehow wound up in the big smoke, but many of its restaurants have married the charm of inglenook eateries with the high quality of London fine dining. We pick our favourites in our guide to the best places to eat in SE10. Think we've missed a great restaurant in Greenwich? Let us know in the comment box below.
What's on in Greenwich this week
Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted
Kids can make this exciting maritime journey in an immersive tour from Punchdrunk and the National Maritime Museum.
Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin
Take a closer look at observation with this contemporary feature-length film accompanied by artefacts and related historical objects.
The Art and Science of Exploration 1768-1780
To celebrate the refurbished rooms at the Queen’s House, newly acquired paintings by George Stubbs of a dingo and kangaroo will be displayed along with other...
Waterloo: Life & Times
Probably the most delicate way to honour the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, this exhibition features fans and fan leaves which were designed to...
Overlooking the rest of the Royal Museums Greenwich from the top of the hill, the northern section of this two-halved attraction looks at Greenwich’s connections with time. Few visitors get much past a photo-op straddling the Prime Meridian in the courtyard of Flamsteed House, the observatory built in 1675 on the orders of Charles II. But the building contains the apartments of Sir John Flamsteed and other Astronomers Royal, as well as instruments used in timekeeping since the 14th century. John Harrison’s four timekeepers, used to crack the problem of longitude, are here, while the onion dome houses the country’s largest (28-inch) refracting telescope – it was completed in 1893. The south site houses the Astronomy Centre, home to the Weller Astronomy Galleries (free entry), where you'll find a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite, and the Peter Harrison Planetarium, which screens daily and weekend star shows. The 120-seater planetarium’s architecture cleverly reflects its astrological position: the semi-submerged cone tilts at 51.5 degrees, the latitude of Greenwich, pointing to the north star, and its reflective disc is aligned with the celestial equator. Discover more great things to do in Greenwich