London in 4 Days – Day 3

Day 3 of this itinerary will be in my favorite place in London: Greenwich!

There is just something about this place I can’t really explain that keeps bringing me back. I still remember the first time I went there: I got off Cutty Sark station, I had directions in my hand and I could not find the College Approach – which was right in front of me! – to go to the Painted Hall. I walked and walked, got to discover the post office (from where I sent a postcard to my mom in Brazil), the supermarket and a few other shops, when I finally decided to ask where the Painted Hall was… and it was really a 3 minute walk from the Cutty Sark station.

Instead of frustration I felt joy, because everybody was so nice to me, helping me with finding the place and, well, I kept coming back. So here you go:

Day 3

08:30 Today will start early, with a trip to your nearest Sainsbury’s (my favorite supermarket in England) to get breakfast – I used to get at least two of their muffins (I know, I know, too many calories!) and they were always amazing – before heading to Greenwich.

That's the station you should head to when going to Greenwich
That’s the station you should head to when going to Greenwich

10:00 Get ready to explore the home of the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory. It is a super educational and fun experience and my daughter enjoyed it also. Once you’re done with the tour of the facility you can take in the beautiful view over the Thames and even see Canary Wharf, and of course, take the classic photo:

It doesn't get any more classic than this!
It doesn’t get any more classic than this!

And a few others:

Welcome!
Welcome!
The building of the Royal Observatory
The building of the Royal Observatory
View from the Royal Observatory
View from the Royal Observatory

13:00 Now it is time to start your descent towards the Painted Hall and the chapel. Words are never enough for me to explain how I love this place and I have absolutely no idea why! It is just so peaceful to walk into this beautiful place and admire the art work. My daughter was really amazed at the paintings and found it a welcome place to recharge after all the walking and all the sun!

Royal Observatory at the very top - after the walk down, all we needed was some shade
Royal Observatory at the very top – after the walk down, all we needed was some shade
The Painted Hall is on the building on the right and the chapel on the left
The Painted Hall is on the building on the right and the chapel on the left
One of the views of the Painted Hall
One of the views of the Painted Hall
My daughter and her lions were tired, too... so the Painted Hall was the best place to recharge
My daughter and her lions were tired, too… so the Painted Hall was the best place to recharge

Across from the Painted Hall you will find the chapel, which is so simple if compared to churches in Italy and also a very peaceful place.

The chapel's altar
The chapel’s altar

15:30 By this time you will be already hungry, so a good option for lunch is Greenwich Market. The atmosphere is great, the prices are fair and it is full of locals! Alternatively, you can just buy food items and go back to Greenwich Park for a picnic… just beware of the squirrels: they will try and steal your food!

Greenwich Market
Greenwich Market

By the time you’re done having lunch you will probably want to go back to Greenwich Park and relax under the trees – and I can’t blame you!

Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park

And that is it for day 3: being a tourist and a local, learning a lot and relaxing a lot as well.

There is one more post for this itinerary, so stay tuned!

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Link for more info:

Visit Britain: this is the official place for everything related to tourism in Britain and it is fantastic! I’ve used it for years and I always go back for more ideas of where to go.

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