If you are planning a trip to London, you are sure to be visiting all the typical tourist sites, such as the Tower of London, Big Ben and the London Eye. These popular attractions are constantly busy and hectic, so if you feel like having a relaxing day, Greenwich (situated in South London) is the perfect location to escape those busy crowds.
Greenwich has a rich and vibrant culture; visitors can explore art galleries, antique shops and one-off stylish bars. These privately owned trendy bars are not hugely publicized, so you may not have found them when you were browsing through tourist websites, relaxing and playing Party Poker, or looking up attraction discount vouchers. Their quiet nature is what makes these bars the hidden gems of Greenwich. But what are the top three hidden gems of Greenwich?
Oliver’s Jazz and Piano Bar
This stylish bar – situated on Nevada Street – is an underground wine bar, where visitors can enjoy a drink in an atmospheric setting. On entering, you are taken down two flights of stairs where you reach the beautifully decorated cellar which has bricked arch walls, leather sofas and mahogany wood furnishings, all lit with dim lights and candles. Visitors can sit with their drink and listen to the live jazz band which plays every week.
If you are looking for that perfect gift, Greenwich Market has an array of diverse booths, from art, photography and hand crafted jewelry, to delicious oriental food and wine. The Christmas Market is not to be missed; the square is beautifully lit with fairy lights and the venue smells of rich mulled wine and pastries.
This huge park was in fact formed from the hunting grounds of the Royal Palace of Placentia. It is home to the Maritime Museum and the Greenwich Meridian line. These are normally very busy, but if you venture towards the back of the park, towards Blackheath, you will come across rolling hills which are inhabited by deer. The park’s stunning view over London has won the Green Flag Award, which recognizes and rewards the nation’s best parks and green spaces.
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