Half an hour’s boat journey from central London and closely associated with Greenwich Mean Time and the Royal Observatory and a perfect outing with plenty of museums and palaces to visit. We visit the World Heritage Site where Henry VIII’s favourite palace once stood and that now has three architectural gems – Inigo Jones’s iconic Queen’s House, Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College, with it’s recently restored ceiling in the Painted Hall, and the exquisite, neo-classical Chapel by James “Athenian” Stuart.
When the first Astronomer Royal – James Flamsteed – got annoyed with the ravens at The Tower, Charles II offered him a new location on top of a hill in Greenwich. This is now the world-famous location of Longitude Zero, the Meridian Line.
In contrast to the pink coats of Chelsea Pensioners, in Greenwich the pensioners wore bright blue jackets. These had to be worn inside-out if they were deemed to have misbehaved!
Lunch consisting of Fish & Chips at Cutty Sark Tavern, located by the Thames, provides that special maritime feeling.
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