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Short version: To start the week, the perfect London Walk...
Long version: Yes, perfect! Here's why: 1) Greenwich is its own universe. Just a snap of a finger – 8 minutes – from central London. 2) We step into a trompe-l'oeil picture, a Canaletto scene of order and majesty. 3) The walk decodes Greenwich. 4) Feasts on its secrets – tiny particulars you'd otherwise miss. A horse's tail, a hidden hand, a tell-tale furrow in the terrain, a crushed king, the world's most expensive apology, Saint Preposterous, clocks that saved thousands of lives, a save-you-a-tenner secret place to bestride both hemispheres, a flutter of fans, the 'X' factor which graces works of genius. 5) It's the overture to London's most sensational "day out." Riverside pub lunch. The beer Nelson's old salts drank. His Trafalgar uniform, with the bullet hole. Flea market. Observatory. Cutty Sark. Cream tea. The unique trifecta: down Greenwich way people walk under the Thames, sail across it, fly* over it. 6) Begins with the best boat ride in London and we get you a big discount. N.B. the walk ends in Greenwich, just a couple of minutes away from Greenwich's superb and blazingly quick transport links back into central London. *That's right, there it is – in the distance – the gondola in the sky. The Cable Car! Guided by Ann or Isobel.
The Greenwich Walk takes place every* Monday morning at 10.15 am. The meeting point is by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stall just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. N.B. the walk ends in Greenwich Church Street, opposite St. Alfege church. From there it's a five-minute walk to public transport. Getting back to central London is quick and eezy peezy. You're spoiled for choice: DLR (Cutty Sark Station), boat from Greenwich pier, train from Greenwich Railway Station, or the 188 bus. Quickest right into the heart of central London is the DLR – it's 19 minutes from Cutty Sark Station to Bank Tube. But the train is also fast. There are two trains an hour from Greenwich Railway Station direct to Charing Cross Railway Station. The journey takes only 20 minutes or so. *Except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
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"you can't do better than London Walks" London Day by Day
"Four of us decided to take the Greenwich Walk while on a weekend break. We were greeted by our guide at Tower Hill station who took the group of about 15 down the river to Greenwich. The guide, a female whose name escapes me, was brilliant. Not only was she a fountain of knowledge on Greenwich, she plied her trade with such enthusiasm and personality. The walk ends in Greenwich leaving you to make your own way back, however this is no hardship as most people will want to prolong their stay in this lovely part of the city once the walk concludes. Highly recommended." Richard L. Preston, UK
"The guide (Isobel) was very good. These walks are a real opportunity to go to places you think you know but you don't really! Lots of stories and gossip about the people who lived in Greenwich made the whole place even more alive! Who knew that Nelson was buried in Cardinal Wolsey's unused tomb? Definitely recommend!" Michael B. Falkirk, United Kingdom