What a week!
It literally peed it down for half of it and I fell out of bed (twice) but to end it in style, my mum came to London. Being in Singapore it was much harder obvs for her to hop on a train and come visit so a couple of hours later she was chilling with a glass of bubbles in her hand with her first and of course most fabulous child (sorry siblings, they are so going to kill me! I’m joking, ok no I’m not really. I really should just stop.).
I thought about doing a weekend in pictures but really you can just check my Instagram page for that, instead I have saved some of the best bits to share with you and to highlight one of the hidden gems of London, my hometown, Greenwich.
The Cutty Sark area is famous for its British Clipper ship, it was one of the last tea clippers to be built with its latter years spent trading wool from Australia. Sadly, in 2007 the ship was damaged by a fire which was restored and reopened to the public in 2012. It stands proudly alongside the River Thames and is surrounded frequently with festivals, events, food and market stalls.
This weekend was no exception, street dancing, ice creams and prosecco trucks…nirvana. We were blessed with beautiful hot, sunny weather so of course out come the Raybans and flip-flops. A little bit of Vitamin D and I am super happy, no wonder I lived an elated life in Singapore. The sunshine really does improve your mood right?
What I love about Greenwich is that you can look right down the River Thames and see the London skyline proudly standing tall, you really can never get tired of that view and right opposite is Canary Wharf. For me Greenwich is where I chill, go for my runs through the park and I know city life is a stones throw away, if I need it.
Greenwich is widely known for its maritime history and of course giving its name to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). It also has royal connections as the birthplace for both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I…pretty cool right. The beautiful and historic palace was rebuilt by none other than Christopher Wren as a Royal Naval Hospital which then later became the Old Royal Naval College in 1873.
It’s free to walk around and has this relaxing tranquil vibe. It oozes history, I love seeing the comparison of both old and new, if you look at the Queens House above, you can see Canary Wharf (one of the main business financial districts), peeking out behind it.
Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College sits the historic Old Brewery pub. It boasts an impressive dining room and outdoor terrace area (my new blogging spot!). I must return and dine here because the dishes dancing past me were generous and delightfully stacked for the ultimate desired effect.
I am a shopper so of course Greenwich Market (established 1737) is one of my favourite go to areas. In addition to the eclectic stalls, there is a huge and exciting selection of street food which changes daily. You can get anything from Ethiopian cuisine to Italian, Thai, Indian, Lebanese and Chinese with an array of organic and vegan options too.
I just had to share one of my favourites La Mian, offering freshly hand made noodles and dim sum with lavish portions at affordable prices.
We found a couple of deckchairs to eat lunch and watch the world go by…talk about relaxation. I actually can’t even remember the last time I sat in a deckchair. Also how difficult are those buggers to get out of?!
I wrote about Greenwich seven months ago and it continues to grow on me. I discover new things every day which makes it both a wonderful place to live and visit in South East London.
Have you ever visited Greenwich? I would love to hear your tales.
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