On Friday, I was kindly invited along by the amazing people at VisitLondon.com and VisitGreenwich to join them and a group of super-talented instagrammers to explore Maritime Greenwich.
It was a packed schedule promising exciting plans and it all started with a cruise along the river Thames where we sailed from Tower Bridge Millennium Pier to Cutty Sark and Maritime Greenwich.
Arriving at Cutty Sark, we were led to the Old Royal Naval College before climbing up the stone spiral staircase to the Chapel Dome. A special experience, and one that is normally out-of-bounds to the public. It was a challenging climb, but well worth it.
Descending back down, we were then led to the Skittle Alley, an underground Victorian bowling alley complete with wooden bowling cannonballs! I’ve visited The Old Royal Naval College many times but this is the first time I have even heard of this almost secret bowling alley underneath the great Painted Hall. Unlike the dome, this is open to the public for free on selected days and time. I highly recommend visiting so do keep an eye on opening times here.
Of course, if you’re in Maritime Greenwich, you can’t miss Cutty Sark, the world’s last surviving Tea Clipper. One of the fastest ships ever built, we got another special after-hours tour and all-access entry to the famous clipper. Despite visiting Cutty Sark on so many occasions, this is the first time I have ever boarded the clipper, and it did not disappoint.
A quick pit-stop followed at the nearby Old Brewery within the Old Royal Naval College for refreshments and it is here that I ate the best Scotch Egg eve! If you’re ever visiting Greenwich, this is definitely one place to eat. With it’s beautiful outside terrace, it’s also perfect for eating alfresco.
A Thames Clipper trip took us to the 02 Arena for our final leg of the trip where were again treated to special viewings of the Emirate Cable which connect Victoria Dock and the 02. We were treated to a special behind-the-scenes look at the Cabin store where the cable ars are kept after-hours, before being treated to cocktails in the plush surroundings of the InterContinental London – The O2 hotel. The views overlooking the 02 Arena and towards Canary Wharf was incredible and ranks, in my mind, one of the best cocktail bars in London.
I’ve visited Greenwich so many times, and never has it ceased to amaze me. Being a part of this special instameet, and discovering parts of Greenwich that I’ve never seen before, makes me love it even more.
Special thanks to visitlondon, visitgreenwich, and the Royal Museum of Greenwich for organising this amazing instameet.If you haven’t already, go and check out their instagram feed here and here. Finally, the awesome instagrammers I met along the way who made this trip really memorable and fun.
You can see all my images from the instameet in my gallery here.