19 super spots in Greenwich, recommended by locals

Londoners spill the beans on their favourite things to eat, drink, see and do in the Greenwich neighbourhood
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Nick Ballon Old Royal Naval College
By Time Out Tastemakers |
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There’s more to SE10 than Mean Time and maritime history. Follow in royal footsteps with these local tips from Time Out Tastemakers.

Best cheap eat

Goddards at Greenwich: one of London’s most traditional pie, mash and liquor shops, open since 1890. Not fancy, but proper English fare.’ Kritt Normsaskul

Zaibatsu, a hidden Japanese gem! Amazing, authentic food and great prices.’ Sasha Abraham

Best pub

The Cutty Sark – the food is delicious and the views are fabulous. Try and sit outdoors, weather permitting!’ Melissa Augustine Goldsmith

The Sail Loft: a great riverside pub away from the hustle and bustle.’ Sasha Abraham

The Old Brewery is an excellent place to refuel with a pub classic and a pint, and The Trafalgar Tavern has preserved many of its handsome Victorian features.’ Kritt Normsaskul

The Rose & Crown remains the only outwardly LGBT+ friendly, Pride flag-waving watering hole in the area.’ Michael Ratcliffe

The Pilot is a trendy Georgian pub and hotel known for its location on the street from Blur’s “Parklife” video!’ Neil Kite

Best bar

Davy’s Wine Vault has a really cosy, friendly feel. You could pass hours here over a carafe of port without noticing!’ Emily Parsons

Best thing to do

The Line sculpture walk runs through Greenwich, featuring pieces by Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and Alex Chinneck: a great way to explore, walk and take in some art.’ Neil Kite

‘I love going to the Fan Museum. Not only because of the amazing and quirky fans (you wouldn’t believe it’s so interesting!), but because of the delicious afternoon tea in the Orangery.’ Anaëlle Amarasinghe

‘Love love love the Greenwich Theatre – they feature a lot of bold, brave productions.’ Valisa Iskandar

Best place to shop

‘I’m obsessed with creating the perfect cheeseboard, and what better place to help than The Cheeseboard? They have more than 100 cheeses to choose from.’ Natasha Tooray

Greenwich Market is a local staple, selling everything from food and art through to bespoke furniture and printed fabric.’ Michael Ratcliffe

Best place for fun

Up the Creek is a great venue to see comedians in an intimate setting.’ Sasha Abraham

Oliver’s Jazz Bar serves cheap booze and live jazz music until the early hours of the morning.’ Michael Ratcliffe

Best thing to Instagram

‘The view from the Royal Observatory. You can see the whole London skyline.’ Maya Aweida

‘Another impressive viewpoint known only to locals is Point Hill. It’s a bit of a mission, but you’ll have the view to yourself.’ Kritt Normsaskul

Best thing to see

The Old Royal Naval College has the UK’s largest painted ceiling: a gorgeous, baroque masterpiece! Plus, until the end of this month, you can go up to the observation deck and be within touching distance.’ Steph Dye

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