Top 5 Things To Do In Greenwich| Travelodge

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.

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With great and cheap accommodation via the Travelodge London Greenwich High Road, this borough is easy to explore by foot.

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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.

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^^ 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.

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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.

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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.

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^^ 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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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^^ 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.

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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.

Tempted to book a Travelodge for your next getaway? Remember – kids go free and rooms start from only £29!

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet.  I have received a voucher in return for writing this post, however I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

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    • That little vest I bought him as part of a Halloween costume, but as I was busy that morning at an event Mr London Mum dressed him and we met up a bit later on in the day. Apparently it’s a jumper to a man… which it really isn’t hahaha.

      Greenwich is beautiful and I’d love to take Little London on to the Cutty Sark when he’s a bit older. We didn’t have the time this time around to get on board. x

  1. The market looks great – I love visiting local markets on my holidays to really get a feel for the place. But the old naval college is definitely my favourite from your list. It would be very high up on my to-do list should I ever make it to Greenwich 🙂 x

    • You wouldn’t be able to miss the college. It’s so expansive and beautiful- great place to picnic too.

  2. Sound sand looks like a fabulous weekend. I always choose Travelodge, great value for money and always enjoyed our stay.

    • Such good value, the price of our room was around £56 I think.. that’s ridiculously cheap especially for London!

    • Your kids would be the perfect age for all of it now as well. I love Greenwich! Take them and take loads of pics so I can see 😉 hahah x

  3. Greenwich Market sounds like just my sort of place! I could spend hours browsing a market 🙂

    • I love it, I wish we still lived near by because there’s so much to help keep the kids occupied. Including the boats going up and down the river, and it’s not far from Mudchute farm. x

  4. Oh it looks like you all had a lovely weekend. I’ve been to London many times, but aside from the o2 arena i’ve actually never explored any other parts of Greenwich so this was really useful to read. xxx

    • The O2 is great to grab a bit of food, or to see something going on in the venue, but the centre of Greenwich is much much nicer! x

    • Oh my God, force him to take you around hahah. You’ll have an awesome time visiting him over the summer months. They had a great hill in the park for sledding down when it snowed, but they put a big fence at the bottom for health and safety grrrr. x

    • The fact that it’s nice and small means you’ll always pick up where you left off 😉

  5. I have traveled extensively but have hardly seen my own capitol city of London. I really need to rectify this as I’m sure there are so many great areas to see, Greenwich included. Beautiful photography in this post too.

  6. I adore London. We always use travel lodge. They’re always so central and even though they’re basic, they have everything you need. I love the painted hall! It looks beautiful. I also didn’t know you could climb across the o2 either. That would be so much fun. x

    • You can’t argue with the price at all can you? It has everything you’d want for the price you pay!

    • It’s a great place, and I love the idea of doing the climb too. I’ve not managed to do it yet but I’m gonna make sure I do!

  7. This travelodge looks like it’s set in a beautiful location!! We are staying in a London one for BritMums Live

    • It could easily be done over the course of a weekend with loads more time for more sights too!

  8. Another brilliant photogenic & descriptive promo post LondonMum! Travel Lodge will now be avalanched. All very Travel ‘Lodge-ical’ haha! Will have to compare this to what we’ve booked into for our London long w/end time-out shortly … L’s shattered … & I’m all gigged out ha. Hope all’s well. Onwards LondonMum. “O.”

    • Ooooo where are you staying? Weird thing is having the tv on when staying at the Travelodge and hearing the travelogical tune.. hahah!

  9. I love Greenwich I went to the observatory for my birthday once! I also really want to climb the O2, it’s been on my to-do list foreverx

    • It’s beautiful isn’t it? Great park space and a lovely historic feel to it too 🙂

    • I love Greenwich, it’s a greta place and because it’s so small it’s easy to get around with a toddler and no pram!

  10. The Old Royal Naval College looks beautiful! Who knew it contained such a beautiful interior!? I think a visit is on the cards 🙂 x

    • It’s stunning,plus it all free to go around. You can contribute money to the maintenance but it’s not obligatory. x

    • I couldn’t believe the location and price of this one! It’s been years since we’ve used one actually and I was so impressed. x

  11. Oh wow Greenwich looks and sounds like s great part of London to explore with so many beautiful things to see and experience. I do love travelodge, their rooms are always comfy
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    • It’s a great place to stay and so close to the centre of Greenwich. It’s nice to explore somewhere and not worry about distance!

  12. Great post! We are big fans of Travel Lodge…clean, child friendly, perfect for families. Also love Greenwich Market and the Cutty Shark, two of my favourite ways to spend time in London:)

    • You can spend hours just wasting time in greenwich can’t you? But at the same time it’s never watered time because it’s so enjoyable x

  13. Some fabulous places to visit! I’d love to try the market. Your photos are wonderful too!

  14. I have traveled extensively but have hardly seen my own capitol city of London. I really need to rectify this as I’m sure there are so many great areas to see, Greenwich included. Beautiful photography in this post too.

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