Greenwich Lookout

On Top of the World: My New Favourite Spot in London

Greenwich Lookout

London has gone and done it again.

Whenever I think I’ve drained all I can from my favourite city, it pulls yet another fairytale site out of the bag.

On this occasion, it was beautiful Greenwich which knocked me for six.

Greenwich Observatory

With a gig at the O2 in the evening (Alt-J were incredible – give them a listen if you haven’t already!) Ryan and I had the late afternoon free to wander as we pleased.

It was then that I remembered Greenwich.

A friend of mine lives in nearby Eltham and had taken me for a stroll around Greenwich Park once before. I just had to show Ryan that view.

O2 Stadium

With cheeks flushed and hearts fluttering, we reached Greenwich Observatory and that fantastic panorama.

Having just missed out on the sunset (despite frantically scaling the hill) the crowds were slowly beginning to disperse, giving us a front row seat.

Greenwich View

Slowly, the lights of the city below began to flicker into life, creating an electrical display like no other.

London Skyline at Night

I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera as my cracked, tired iPhone didn’t even begin to pick up the brilliance of Canary Wharf by night.

You could even spot the glimmer of Tower Bridge and St Paul’s further down the river.

Seeing as it was right in front of us, we checked out the Prime Meridian Line, origin of Greenwich Mean Time.

To be honest I’m not too sure what GMT actually is apart from the fact that I set my clocks to it. A quick Wikipedia of it didn’t bring any further enlightenment – something about solar and sailors?! If anyone knows in layman’s terms then let me know!

Nevertheless we couldn’t resist giving the line a quick straddle.

GMT Line

At night a green laser shoots across the city, following the Meridian line. It’s pretty impressive.

GMT Laser

GMT Laser City

With stomachs rumbling we reluctantly left the view behind and stumbled back to Greenwich village.

This little suburb is probably the cutest in London. Lined with darling cafes and wonky Tudor houses, Greenwich is a prime example of London’s blend of old and new.

Sticking to the traditional, we headed for some hearty London Pie ‘n’ Mash at Goddards at Greenwich

Pie and Mash Shop GreenwichWith a classic white tiled interior, bargain prices and portions to keep even me happy – I was sold.

Pie and Mash

Pie and Mash SHop London

Pie, mash and beans washed down with a London Pride for just over a fiver?! I’m in.

I’m not going to be London for a while now so finding a new favourite patch was a great send-off.

But don’t think you can get rid of me that easily. In the immortal words of Schwarzenegger, ‘I’ll be back’…

Things I’ll come back to Greenwich for:

The Market – We glimpsed the vibrant food and trinket market as the stallholders were closing down. I’d love to have a nose when it’s up and running.

A pint down the pub – Greenwich has loads of lovely looking watering holes I want to explore.

Arrive by London River Bus from the City – You can hop onto the commuter and tourist friendly River Bus in central and jump off at Greenwich after soaking in the city from the Thames.

Have you been to Greenwich? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Let me know via my social media pages or in the comments below. 

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