Greenwich is, of course, best known for being the spiritual home of time, lending its name to Greenwich Mean Time. The area is very scenic with a lot of greenery and historical buildings and, walking through Greenwich Park, it's sometimes hard to believe that the sleepy area is just six miles south-east of busy central London. In a way it's the complete antithesis of the financial powerhouse of Canary Wharf, which looms over the opposite bank of the Thames. Most of the hotels in the area are rather chic and fashionable, in keeping with their surroundings, although there are some more affordable options such as the Ibis London Greenwich, which is located very close to the station. Greenwich station provides access to National Rail services and is on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) as is the Cutty Sark station, which is also nearby. For a more scenic way to get about, ferries also leave from Greenwich, making their way up and down the River Thames.
Sleepy Greenwich might not seem like a London centre of tourism but there's more to do than one might initially think. Maritime Greenwich itself is a world heritage site, which becomes evident just from wondering around as historic and architectural buildings surround the area. Greenwich Park is an ideal place to wile away a sunny Saturday afternoon and is home to the Peter Harrison Planetarium. The historic town market is always bustling with shoppers and visitors can always pick up a unique souvenir or two. Out on the peninsula the O2 Arena is perhaps east London's centre of entertainment, hosting various high-profile events, music concerts and award ceremonies.
Most of Greenwich's restaurants are located around the town centre, which is a few minutes' walk from the station, though luckily there are still plenty of venues inbetween. Their diversity is such that Mexican restaurants can be found next door to Shisha restaurants, which sit opposite seafood restaurants. Eateries range from independent venues to well known fast food restaurants and more up-market names such as Cafe Rouge. There is also a significant cluster of restaurants on the south edge of the park. Cafes are similarly distributed with a few of the large chains dotted about.
The night-time haunts are perhaps slightly more sophisticated than some of the city's centres of evening entertainment and include traditional pubs, many of which play up to the area's maritime theme with names such as Spanish Galleon and The Admiral Hardy. The local nightclubs are also rather sophisticated and prefer to refer to themselves as lounge bars. The North Pole is a particularly chic piano bar with a dance floor and is a short walk from Greenwich station. Those who prefer to avoid the crowds at night can always enjoy a moonlit stroll along the Thames, which is always lit up by the many colourful lights from Canary Wharf opposite.
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|3||Express by Holiday Inn Greenwich||2.4km|
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|4||Hilton London Canary Wharf||2.5km|
|4||Clarendon Serviced Apartments Discovery Dock East||2.7km|
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