Just a little outside of central London, Greenwich is a haven for Londoners and tourists alike. It is renowned for its lush Royal Park, museums and observatories, and last but certainly not least: Greenwich Market.
Today’s article is mainly going to focus on the market itself, which is an ever-expanding treasure trove, boxed in by small, independent and boutique shops, as well as pubs, restaurants, cafes and trendy bars. But I feel the market shines through and deserves the most credit for representing local tradespeople, craftsmen, and top quality, authentic street food from around the world.
The food stalls form the heart and soul of the market, offering filling and wholesome cuisines, allowing you to sample a new culture with each bite you take. Recently, the market has expanded the number of food stalls it has to offer, catering for a plethora of dietary types and lifestyle choices, such as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten and dairy-free options. Additions to the market consist of: ramen burgers (a noodle bun as an alternative to bread), hummus and falafel pittas and an array of Italian, Jamaican, Thai, Ethiopian, Chinese and Mexican foods- the list is endless. Other stalls also crop up throughout the year to cater to the seasons and different festivals and events that Greenwich regularly hosts. So now as winter is upon us, Greenwich Market will certainly be getting into a festive mood to infect the public with the spirit of Christmas…
Over the road from the market stands the legendary Cutty Sark– raised three metres above the ground, so that the public can walk directly underneath to touch the bottom of the boat, as well as board the ship itself and take to the wheel. Of course this comes at an extra cost but I can assure you that it is enough to just stand back and marvel at the ship, as it towers above you from the sidewalk. Greenwich is the gift that keeps on giving, for the Cutty Sark’s neighbour is the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. This underground tunnel allows the public to walk below the Thames and to re-emerge and observe Greenwich and its attractions from a distance, as well as exploring the other side of the water. I would definitely recommend doing this walk through the cold and eerie tunnel – not only because it is free- but the sound of voices and buskers echoing throughout makes it a very thrilling experience.
Greenwich Park is easily accessible by all different modes of transport. However I would opt for the train to Blackheath and then a 10-15 minute walk across Blackheath Common. The Market is situated a further 10 minute walk through the park- halfway through which you cannot help but stumble across: ‘Point Hill’, whose sharp descent will lead you directly into the mouth of the market. The peak of Point Hill is an ideal spot for taking selfies with London’s chimneys and skyline as the backdrop. Key landmarks such as The Shard, The Skygarden, Canary Wharf and the O2 are all visible from this vantage point.
Although this article may seem lengthy, I have not even covered half of which Greenwich has to offer, so please visit yourself and find out what other secrets Greenwich is hiding.
The Market is open seven days a week AND on Bank Holidays from 10am-5:30pm, although times may vary on Bank Holidays.