Half an hour’s boat journey from central London and closely associated with Greenwich Mean Time and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich is a perfect outing with plenty of museums and palaces to visit. The famous tea clipper Cutty Sark is located next to the charming Georgian town centre. There are many royal associations; Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were both born there and Russian Tsar Peter the Great learnt ship building nearby.
Our typical visit includes a tour of the Royal Observatory to learn more about the history of correct time keeping and a visit to the splendid Painted Hall in the Royal Naval College where Admiral Lord Nelson lay in state after the victory that cost him his life at the Battle of Trafalgar. For more information on Admiral Nelson The Maritime Museum is the ideal place. Lunch consisting of Fish & Chips at Cutty Sark Tavern, located by the Thames, provides that special maritime feeling.
The famous gallery at the V&A is probably the best place in the world for fabulous jewellery. We will see beautiful pieces such as the ‘Armada Jewel’ possibly a gift from Elizabeth I, Cartier’s ‘Tutti-Frutti’ bandeau bought by Lady Mountbatten and learn about some illustrious owners like the Marchioness of Londonderry seen/depicted in a painting outside the gallery literally bedecked in gem stones, some of which are on display.
Maybe followed by an expresso in the V&A Members’ Room designed by Carmody Groarke and with a view of Amanda Levete Architects Exhibition Road entrance, entirely covered in porcelain tiles.