Getting to Know Greenwich

View of Greenwich and Canary Wharf (image: Dimitry B)

Recently we have been taking a look at daily life and opportunities in different parts of London,and today we turn our attention towards Greenwich. With history, famous attractions and a thriving community culture on its side, its become a favourite destination for living the London life.

The borough is probably best know for  it’s influence on our time reference and season distinction. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was established in 1884 at the International Meridian Conference when it was decided that the prime meridian should be placed at Greenwich England. The term GMT was originally coined by BBC World Service and the Royal Navy, with links to said establishments to this day.

The Royal Observatory is home to both ‘The Greenwich Clock’ (GMT) and the Prime Meridian making it the official starting point for each new year. The Royal Observatory also houses London’s only planetarium (a theatre built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows).

But the obvious historical attractions of Greenwich are not the only thing that the area offers. Greenwich Park is one of the Royal Parks, and festivals like Greenwich Jazz are also a draw of the area. Greenwich Jazz runs 11 to 20 November 2011, presenting international artists and emerging jazz talent and giving intimate festival performances in atmospheric venues.

On the less beaten track lies the reddoor gallery. This quirky and cute venue shows and sells art, jewellery and ceramics. With a welcoming atmosphere and an array of cupcakes on offer, it’s a great place to meet friends.

The ‘creative, contemporary’ coffee-house off Deptford road is a ‘must-dine’.  This converted train carriage offers sumptuous sarnies with the likes of salmon and rocket or marmite respectively.  There are also various cakes and baked goods.

Councillors in Greenwich have now  voted to change the name of the borough to the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The change – which will come into effect from 3 January 2012 – reflects the announcement last January that Her Majesty the Queen intends to confer Royal Borough status on Greenwich as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich sounds pretty nice and fancy, and that’s just one reason to live there. The transport links to the City and Canary Wharf, the local atmosphere and heaps of things to do and see are just a few of others.

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