Places to Visit
Both the Greenwich Peninsula and the Isle of dogs were once important industrial regions of the capital. Following the demise of the docks and the cessation of heavy industry, the area fell into decline, quickly becoming a barren wasteland. Much of the land on the Peninsula was contaminated while the Isle of Dogs was unfortunately synonymous with urban decay and poverty.
Regeneration began in 1981 and has resulted in a striking transformation. The Isle of dogs is now a vibrant commercial district while the Greenwich Peninsula perfectly combines historic sites with new housing developments, nature reserves and entertainment venues.
There is much to see and do in this south eastern corner of London. Whether you have several days or just a few hours to explore the area, you will discover exciting and diverse attractions together with fabulous places to eat and socialise.
Built in 1869, Cutty Sark was one of the last tea clippers and one of the fastest. She took to the seas just as sailing vessels were giving way to steam ships. She was built in the year that the Suez Canal was opened, a development which provided steam ships with a far shorter route to China. Cutty Sark turned to transporting wool from Australia and broke the record for the quickest journey to Britain. She eventually became a training ship before being afforded a permanent dry dock at Greenwich.
Open every day from 10am-5pm, Cutty Sark is well worth touring. She has been damaged twice by fire but on both occasions was beautifully restored to provide a fascinating glimpse of the past.
King William Walk
The O2 Arena
Originally built to house the ill-fated Millennium Experience, the Millennium Dome is one of the largest buildings on the planet. It now houses a fabulous entertainment and leisure complex known as The 02. This incredible development features a huge arena, smaller music venue, bowling alley, multiplex cinema, trampoline park and numerous restaurants. You may also wish to experience Up at the 02, a vertiginous trip to the top of the dome which affords spectacular views over London.
19 September, the Arena is hosting Professor Brian Cox and his Universal: Adventures in Space and Time show. Tickets are still available at the time of writing and can be booked here.