Greenwich Market, London, England

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A trip down memory lane 

Greenwich, ahhh my home town, “you can take the girl out of Greenwich, but you can’t take Greenwich out of the girl”. 

Ok, I’m not going to reveal how many years ago I was born in Greenwich; however, it’s a town I’ve returned to visit so many times, and one that I have such a strong affinity to.

Take the weight off your feet, Greenwich Market, London, England

Take the weight off your feet

My grandparents lived and worked there, my Dad’s childhood & young adulthood was around these South-east London streets, and my parents even got married here. 

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How to get there

The quickest option from London is with South-Eastern Trains from London Charing Cross or London Bridge stations. Alternatively, Greenwich is served by buses and the Docklands Light Railway. Catch all the routes into Greenwich here and find your most convenient itinerary.

Something for everyone

Although there is so much to see and do in Greenwich, it’s the markets that I love returning to. Established back in 1737 (no I’m not that old), who can resist those quirky knick-knacks, original artworks, abstract creations and handmade clothing & accessories, not me.

The hidden chest, Greenwich Market, London, England, UK

The hidden chest


Unusual collectables

There’s something going on every day of the week, whether your penchant is for antiques or for homemade street food it’s all here. One of Gary’s interests is motor racing, so we’ve left with some great black & white photos in the past.

Greenwich Market Est. 1737, Greenwich, London, England, UK

Greenwich Market Est. 1737

What is handy about Greenwich’s main market is that it is covered, so, come rain or shine you can go mooching around for those unique gifts at your leisure.

Have a rummage,  Greenwich Market, London, England, UK

Have a rummage!

A brooch for every occasion, Greenwich Market, London, England, UK

A brooch for every occasion

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Did you know?

That Maritime Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was inscribed in 1997.

Another family link

Bizarrely, it’s not only my family that have ties with Greenwich, but Gary’s sister also ran a market stall here around 10 years ago. So, we had another excuse to go and visit, it really has evolved of the years.

Take a look around, Greenwich Market, London, England, UK

Take a look around

Beyond the arch, Greenwich Market, London, England, UK

Beyond the arch

I must admit I enjoy visiting Greenwich market at the weekends when the Arts & Crafts market is in full swing, and the streets are bustling.

Although you don’t have to restrict it to the weekends, the Arts & Crafts market is on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the weekends and the Antiques and Collectables is on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

Flamenco dancers & pigs? That’s an unusual combination,, Greenwich Market, London, England, UK

Flamenco dancers & pigs? That’s an unusual combination

Want to discover more than about London?

We have a little book on our shelves that we sometimes delve into when we're about to hit an area of London.

Packed full of historical facts, and broken down into the different regions of London, it's a great resource to help you see what's hidden in plain sight.

Available in Kindle & Hardback editions, it's an excellent addition to anyone's collection who loves London.

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Take it all in

It’s not all about the market stalls though. There are some great shops and boutiques around the edge of the marketplace and along the lanes, that bring even more life into the square.

One of the shops I had to be dragged away from was ‘Arty Globe’, I’m a sucker for anything map related, check out “All things Mappy”.

Arty Globe Shop, Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London, England, UK

The Arty Globe Shop

Mr Humbug - Tradtional Sweetshot, Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London, England, UK

Mr Humbug - Tradtional Sweetshop

Take a wander around and discover everything Greenwich has to offer, you won’t be disappointed, there is so much history in this town.

Turpin Lane, Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London, England, UK

Turpin Lane

The Coach & Horses,Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London, England, UK

The Coach & Horses Pub

Our Tip

Make sure you also visit the Royal Naval College, filming is often taking place, and you can do a bit of celebrity spotting. We saw Charles Dance.

Why not take a cruise?

Staying in central London? Why not take a river cruise from Westminster to Greenwich? You've the choice of one-way or return cruise along with an audio commentary as you pass the Tower of London, City hall & much more.

It’s that time of day!

Ohh and then you have the decision of what to do for lunch? 

Street Food Art, Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London, England, UK

Street Food Art, Greenwich Market

There are so many options here, is it going to be street food on the go? The food stalls here all look delicious and with so many options from around the globe.

Southern food twist, Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London, England, UK

Southern food twist, Greenwich Market

Or is it going to be a visit to Goddards and sample the London delicacy of pie, mash and liquor? Surely it has to be pie & mash, all washed down with a cup of “Rosie Lee”. 

Traditionally the pie is minced beef, accompanied with a couple of scoops of mashed potato and a good ladle of liquor, which is a parsley sauce. Some people substitute this for gravy, but it has to be liquor with lashings of vinegar – mmmm I’m now feeling hungry. Go on give it a go!!!

Goddards of Greenwich Est. 1890, Greenwich, London, England, UK

Goddards of Greenwich Est. 1890

We’ll be back again soon I’m sure of it, goodbye for now Greenwich. 

Have You?

Visited Greenwich and discovered all its history and did you try the Pie & Mash?

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Inspired to visit Greenwich Market?

Rummage around and find that little something special and why not stay for the night and soak up the maritime history?

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A visit to Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London, England, UK

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