We had a little wander along both banks, taking in the street artists – watch out for the Charlie Chaplin juggler, clever and funny, before heading back to Greenwich, accompanied by a hilarious commentary from a crewman of the City Cruise boat – who does it out of the goodness of his heart as I’m-not-a-proper-tour-guide-but-if-you-found-me-informative-and-funny-please-show-your-appreication-in-the-champagne-bucket-at-the-end!
Back at Greenwich we had time to explore, as I’d overloaded the car park machine somewhat, just in case. I’d forgotten how completely beautiful Greenwich Park is – either that, or I’d failed to notice when I lived on its doorstep. Being able to wander through the foot tunnel during the school lunch break was a given, and it was just another somewhere to hang around at the weekend.
If you want a day out at hardly any expense, Greenwich is the place to go. Cost me a tenner to park all day, possibly there are cheaper car parks (we’ll try the almost empty university one opposite the park next time) BUT – The National Maritime Museum = Free; The Queen’s House = Free; The Royal Observatory = Free! The beautiful park itself = free! No need for booking, wake up, see it’s a nice day and off you go. You don’t even need a picnic – there’s an M&S Simply Food at one end of the main road and one in the BP garage at the other end! And if you can’t resist shopping, the indoor market is an experience in itself. Only one piece of advice for you: Trainers! And maybe do the Observatory first, before you’re tired :-)