At Large in London – Greenwich and Parkland   6 comments

Day two and a visit to one of the suburban villages. The trip out to Greenwich was always a popular one when I lived in London and we repeated this classic with a few enhancements on another glorious, cloudless sunny day.

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A trip on the always fun Docklands Light Railway, complete with driver-less trains to get us to the river near Canary Wharf. A view across the Thames, to ships old and new, from Island Gardens

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Under the river via the foot tunnel

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And back across to where we’d come from, the domed red brick building centre-right in the photo is the tunnel entrance on the far side

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To work up an appetite for lunch we took a walk into Greenwich Park. London has some stunning parks and this is one of the best. It has huge expanses of open grassy meadows and wooded glades with fabulous views over the eastern part of the city. Whilst there were plenty of people it never feels crowded even on a sunny bank holiday weekend

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We found a suitable spot and sat for a while to enjoy some warm sunshine and a bit of shade

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The rear of the impressive Royal Naval College

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We walked back along the river to the centre of town. A group of kayakers out on the Thames, the Millennium Dome in the background

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The Cutty Sark, now fully restored and looking as good as new after the fire

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Another market based lunch. Greenwich Market had a fine array of street food stalls and we took our fill of wraps and cakes. The nice people of the Naval College allow you to picnic on their expansive lawns.

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After all that food I felt that a beer by the river was in order so we walked back through the grounds for a very fine pint of wheat beer in the sun

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It’s an impressive building with fine views

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The best way to reach or return from Greenwich is by boat. As you can imagine its popular and we had to queue for a short while to get on a boat but well worth it.

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Past the every developing collection of towers at Canary Wharf

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Gentrified old river-side houses.

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Under Tower Bridge

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The Sky Garden and Southwark Bridge

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The Tate Modern and The Shard

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The also ever-expanding skyline of the City

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I like this shot (even if the horizon went off kilter – I blame the boat). St Pauls, The City, Waterloo Bridge and a red bus all in shot

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The London Eye and County Hall

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Seeing as we hopped off the boat at Westminster we thought we’d take a look at the Abbey

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It’s a fine building but in my minds-eye its the same colour, a golden brown, as the Houses of Parliament seen in the background. Clearly it’s not so I’ve no idea why I’ve always thought that

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The sun was in just the right place to light up its features

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We stopped off for another sit down in St James Park before walking past Buckingham Palace. The flag seemed to indicate Lizzie was at home watching TV but she didn’t return my cheery wave. Perhaps she was worried about which hat to wear at the wedding

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We continued our parkland stroll through Green Park and into Hyde Park. We had thought of walking through to the end of Hyde Park but it was hot and we felt we’d be much better served by a curry

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So an interesting mix of tube and overground trains took us to London’s curry capital at Brick Lane. Needless to say curry-holics like me and TJS were in heaven and we found a very fine curry house. TBF enlivened the chat by remarking how amazing it was that they kept the windows behind us so clean in a city. Not the most observant of people, she’d failed to notice they were patio style windows and were wide open to the street!

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Suitably refreshed we headed for home. The walk through the streets past Spitalfields Market in the setting sun was a joy

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Christ Church of Spitalfields looked very fetching in the evening light

 

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And I liked this view to the office blocks near Liverpool Street Station

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Great day out mixing rural charm with the grittier delights of east London

 

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6 responses to “At Large in London – Greenwich and Parkland

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  1. I have fond memories of a very lengthy pubcrawl through Greenwich with our kid on a very sunny day. I think that was the same day that we then went on to a club for some DJ sets. All without any food at all. Couldn’t manage it now obviously, but couldn’t really cope then either. I went to Brick Lane a few times with him too, much more my speed.

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    beatingthebounds
    • I had one beer by the river and a couple with my curry and I was hanging by the end of the day! With a London weighted income you spend a very happy day in Greenwich eating and drinking

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  2. You where certainly blessed with fine weather!

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    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  3. Another great post. Made me really nostalgic to see what’s changed and what’s stayed the same since my last visit. You really know the best places to visit as that was one park and tunnel not on my radar at all.

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    • We’ve made that round trip by boat, DLR and tunnel top Greenwich many times, its a really interesting journey and Greenwich feels like a proper community a world away from the towers of central London and Canary Wharf even though the latter is less than a mile away. First time we’ve been on a summer day though and its great, if a little busy. There was a cruise ship docked nearby so there were tour groups everywhere but the park and Naval College had plenty of green space. A great day

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