Food and Drink
A world heritage site on your doorstep. A leading-edge backdrop
Greenwich is the beating heart of Great Britain’s maritime past and is today recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stunning architecture and glorious green spaces define the visual appeal of Greenwich and play backdrop to sites of marked historical importance including The Royal Naval College, The National Maritime Museum, The Cutty Sark, The Royal Observatory and Greenwich park with its unparalleled views of the ever-evolving London skyline.
The unique maritime history of Greenwich may be the most immediately recognisable aspect of the area but over the years the surrounding landscape has evolved beyond the wildest dreams of Sir Christopher Wren. Today, the iconic glass and steel modernism of Canary Wharf compliments the beautiful 17th and 18th Century architecture that lies across the water.
This juxtaposition of historic and contemporary London is further enhanced by the more recent expansion and development of Greenwich Peninsula, home to a variety of entertainment venues including two cinemas, a driving range, a number of bars and restaurants and the world renowned O2 music venue.
There can be few better places to end a day in the Capital than on the slopes of Greenwich Park, watching the sunset over the River Thames and old Greenwich below. It’s 183 acres play host to beautiful avenues of mature trees, flower and orchard gardens, and the popular Pavilion Café.
At the foot of the park, the oldest part of Greenwich is ever-popular with locals and tourists alike. Here you will find an attractive covered market as well as some of London’s finest and most authentic pubs and bars, serving excellent food and drinks.
As this part of London has developed, Greenwich Peninsula has also established itself as a hub for both recreation and retail. As home to the O2 music venue and an array of bars and eateries, an IMAX cinema, and retail parks with a variety of high street stores, the Peninsula provides the perfect modern complement to historic Greenwich.
Fantastic Food, Delectable Drink
One of the great pleasures of London life is that fabulous restaurants and bars are in abundance – Greenwich is no exception.
Old Greenwich is peppered with eateries where you will find the most popular household names are on offer. These sit alongside quirky restaurants such as Champagne + Fromage, a laid back yet sophisticated bistro style eatery and Sticks‘n’Sushi, a brilliant Scandinavian inspired sushi concept.
For the truly authentic Greenwich dining experience the many gastro pubs including The Cutty Sark offer excellent seasonal menus. To really immerse yourself in maritime chic, The Old Brewery, is situated in the grand surroundings of the Royal Naval College and will surely leave an impression.
North Greenwich and the area surrounding the O2 Arena is also notable for its choice of venues offering foods and flavours from around the world. Here you will find high street favourites including Wagamamma, Gaucho and Yalla Yalla as well as The Peninsula Restaurant, deserving recipient of two AA Rosettes.
The three Rs – Rest, Relaxation and Retail therapy
To complement its beautiful parklands and architecture, and the wealth of cultural highlights, Greenwich is also a great place for a spot of retail therapy.
An irresistible variety of independent sellers and boutiques can be found in and around Greenwich’s celebrated covered market, with highlights including the fantastic ‘Meet Bernard’ stocking an eclectic mix of hard-to-find men’s and womenswear brands. Or, for something completely different, why not stop by ‘Corkville’, innovative specialists in exquisitely made cork bags and shoes.
For budding interior designers, Joli Vintage Living, Ferro Velho and Lush Designs cater for a variety of homeware and furniture tastes from traditional to contemporary.
With high street names such as New Look, H&M, Next and River Island available in the town centre or at nearby Greenwich retail park, when it comes to shopping Greenwich has something for everyone.