Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Technically outside of London proper, traveling down river to this university borough to stand on the Prime Meridian line and experience the city at a slower pace is worth the trip. Opt to take a River Bus, operated by Transport for London, on the Thames from the Tower of London to Greenwich and the journey can be a part of the experience.

The boat lets you off at the edge of Greenwich town, and from here, it’s about a 15 minute walk uphill to the 47241 in Greenwich Park. Along the way, you’ll pass Greenwich University and the 78165 ship, a 150-year old extreme clipper, now maintained as a historical attraction by Royal Museums Greenwich.

Time your ascent to the Royal Observatory grounds so that you arrive in the early evening as the sun is beginning to set. Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian line is clearly marked and you are able to stand over it with one foot on either side. As the sky darkens, a green light beam extends from that line beyond into the sky and cuts across the distant London city skyline.

Make the most of your time in Greenwich by stopping for a pint and a pie or plate of fish and chips at 78166 along the banks of the Thames before taking the River Bus or the Tube back to Central London.

Insider Tip

Visit at dusk to see the green beam that marks the Prime Meridian visibly projected across the London skyline.

Lonely Planet
Rising south of Queen's House, idyllic Greenwich Park climbs up the hill, affording stunning views of London from the Royal Observatory. View full review from Lonely Planet
The observatory is actually split into two sites, a short walk apart—one devoted to astronomy, the other to the study of time. View full review from Fodor's
The home of Greenwich Mean Time, the Observatory was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the early 18th century and boasts the country's largest refracting telescope. View full review from Frommer's
Address: Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, UK
Phone: +44 20 8312 6608
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