Get easy access to an area that’s had royal and seafaring connections since medieval times with a stay at one of Greenwich's finest hotels. Whether you're interested in the history or not, the there's no denying that the stellar collection of palatial buildings are worthy of marvelling, as are the riverside walks and handsome Greenwich Park. Gaze slack-jawed at the Inigo Jones designed Queen’s House, mooch around the vintage and artisanal markets, and wander up to the Royal Observatory for unbeatable views.
Those in search of refreshment will find plenty in the classier chain restaurants and any number of the bars and cafés, while those looking for something grittier, head east to Greenwich’s more piratical neighbour Deptford. Just make sure you have a cosy base to return to at one of the best hotels in Greenwich.
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An extremely popular wedding venue, the Devonport’s stately façade and inspiring location by the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park are a gift for event photographers and tourists. It occupies a cluster of buildings that used to be part of the Royal Naval College, and its decor is in the clean-cut, inoffensive style favoured by conference centres (there are many meeting rooms). Comfortable, spacious and a little corporate, but for a decent price.
Formerly a police station, this striking building, which earned a RIBA design award in 1946, was saved from dereliction by local celebrity Lady Delves Broughton. It now rejoices in its reputation as a four-star hotel and its location in the coveted Ashburnham Conservation area. The historic Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum are just 15-minutes' stroll away, or hop on a boat excursion down the river. Onsite you'll find a gym, the glitzy O1 restaurant/bar and afternoon tea, which is served daily.
Deceptively spacious, this eighteenth-century coaching house with walled courtyard manages to tuck away 24 neatly appointed and comfortable rooms. Downstairs in the pub (The Mitre), you'll find sport on the telly, so there's usually a congenial atmosphere. It's also located right in the heart of Greenwich, making it a good place to meet locals. Beer on tap is from the Greenwich-based brewery Meantime, about a mile away (you can book a tour), and the Sunday roasts are pretty good. Breakfast is included.
One of a small chain of five backpacker hostels in London, this bargain accommodation near Greenwich station has the added attraction of a lively sports bar, Belushi’s, downstairs, where guests can claim 25 percent off the big cooked breakfasts if the free ‘buffet style’ one for patrons doesn’t do the job. Sleeping in a dorm can cost as little as a tenner (there are men’s, women’s and mixed in various sizes); private doubles are also available if you're willing to pay more.
There are 68 serviced apartments with kitchenettes, optional lounge areas with sofa beds, and one or two bedrooms in this little block on Greenwich High Road, and if they’re booked up, there’s another Staycity block down the road at Deptford Bridge. The apartments are bright, clean and comfortable, and a fine choice for family groups who want to make full use of all that child-friendly Greenwich has to offer the little ’uns.
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 great restaurants, which celebrate the history of the area and museums that make seemingly mundane topics fascinating.
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