London is formed of loads of different boroughs, each providing you with a very different experience of the city.
One of my favourite boroughs is Greenwich. It’s a beautiful part of London and a great place to spend the weekend.
With great and cheap accommodation via the Travelodge London Greenwich High Road, this borough is easy to explore by foot.
The Travelodge is located next to Greenwich DLR which is also on the Greenwich train line, and they offer fantastic family rooms with great features for a comfortable nights stay.
^^ There is no parking at the Travelodge London Greenwich High Road, however you can park near by as you can see if you do have a car.
Our family room (accessed by lift as it was on the second floor) had a king sized double bed, two single beds and an ensuite with a bathtub and shower overhead.
While the room was basic, it had everything we could have needed. And on top of that they had obviously thought about family needs when it came to designing the room. With a variety of lights that could put different parts of the room in light or darkness, it meant that when it was time for Little London to go to sleep we were able to darken his side of the room, without having to switch all the other lights off.
With his bed next to the window we were happy to see the family room also had a safety catch for when it was opened. That definitely let me sleep easy.
The tea and coffee facilities were the only extras included in the bedroom, aside from what you would expect (television, phone, good wifi signal…) but that’s all we needed.
After having a great night; all of us snuggled under the cosy duvets, we woke up to breakfast.
Breakfast is complimentary for children with a paying adult up to the age of 16, so we just headed straight on down to where breakfast was served and helped ourselves to the buffet style selection as our breakfasts were pre paid at booking.
If you have a child you’ll know there’s a fine line between waking up and getting food. So this was welcomed, and certainly made our morning nice and easy.
^^ Yoghurt and milk to start with…
So I thought I’d bring you my top 5 things to do in Greenwich in case you wanted to experience this fabulous borough and see it in the flesh yourself, while taking advantage of the cheap deals the Travelodge offer.
1. Greenwich Market
Greenwich market is one of my favourite markets simply due to the mix of ethnic cuisines that are available- including Brazilian, South American and Japanese. One of my favourite things to do if the weather is nice, is to buy a selection of food from the various stands and eat them in the park.
There are also loads of arts, crafts and collectibles available to buy making it a really eclectic market. I was admiring the hats and headpieces this time around, and planning an outfit for Ascot in my head 😉
For those on a health kick or with aversions to certain food groups, there has been a growing rise in this type of produce at the market, so there’s something for everyone if you’re hungry!
We couldn’t help ourselves after trying some homemade nut butter from one of the stands and purchased a jar of cashew, maple and turmeric nut butter to take home.
2. Greenwich Park
Greenwich park is beautiful. Not only does it have one of the best views of London (across the Thames with views to St Paul’s Cathedral), but it is also the home of Greenwich Mean Time.
Stand astride the meridian line and take a picture of one of the most important places in the world.
It is also the oldest deer park in London, so make sure to pay a visit to the red and fallow deer that are homed here.
Finally walk all the way to the top of the park and head across the main road and you’ll find the beautiful little village of Blackheath. It has great pubs, a wonderful array of cafes and cute second-hand shops full of brilliant trinkets.
3. Climb the O2
The O2 is part of Greenwich, but it isn’t in the historic centre of it. But if you fancy a trip to The O2 (formerly known as the Millennium Dome and located next to North Greenwich tube station) you must make sure you clamber across its roof- otherwise known as urban mountaineering.
While you’re in the area, you may as well hop on the Emirates Line too. It accepts oyster cards so no need for an extra ticket if you’re a Londoner. It is basically public transport- but it has a view 😉
4. Old Royal Naval College
Located right by the River Thames, the Old Royal Naval College is a delight to walk around.
My favourite part is The Painted Hall, I remember visiting here a few years ago and even now it still awes me. It’s considered the Sistine Chapel of the UK, and it doesn’t disappoint.
It was originally created to become the dining hall for the naval pensioners who called the College home, but it was considered too grand and was therefore not used as often as it should have been.
Now The Painted Hall is commonly seen on the big screen. It has appeared in Northern Lights, Pirates of the Caribbean, Les Miserables, The Kings Speech and a whole lot more.
To learn more about the history of the Old Royal Naval College pop into the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, which is free and just through the gates if you’re coming past the Cutty Sark and walking to the college.
^^ There are great views across to Canary Wharf.
5. Cutty Sark
This 19th Century tea clipper was the fastest ship of her time, making it quite an experience to get on board. It is also raised three metres off the ground, giving you the opportunity to get underneath her and see the hull close up.
Visiting the Cutty Sark is an interactive experience, so children should find it just as interesting as adults, plus there are some great photo opportunities on deck.
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