The Greenwich Foot Tunnel
I’ve always said that any visitor to London should take a Boat trip from Westminster to Greenwich
as it gives a fantastic view of the city from the river and ends up at one of my favourite areas of London. That said, there is an alternative way to get to Greenwich, and that is by way of the automated Docklands Light Railway which travels through Canary Wharf
to Island Gardens, where you can use the foot tunnel to walk underneath the Thames to reach Greenwich on the other side.
Located in dry dock next to Greenwich Pier is the last surviving British tea clipper. This famous ship was built at Dumbarton on the Clyde in 1869 purely for the purpose of importing tea from China, a trade which became extremely lucrative after the British found a taste for it.
Her first voyage started out from London on 15th February 1870 with a cargo of wine, spirits and beer. Sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, she arrived at Shanghai on 2nd June, and after loading up with 1,305,812 lbs of tea, she left port on 25th June, arriving back at London on 13th October. As impressive as that may be, I bet the Chinese couldn’t believe their luck when they were able to swap a load of dried leaves for all that booze.
A Hospital Fit For Heroes
Taking a Boat trip down to Greenwich
has to be one of the best days out in London, but unless you know exactly what you want to do when you get there, it’s worth dropping into the excellent Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre
first before dashing off like a headless chicken.
If you’re anything like me, a day in Greenwich will be nowhere near enough, but for the purposes of expediency, I’m going to start my virtual tour of the town at the Old Royal Naval College, which the visitor centre is part of.
Greenwich has an exceptional maritime history, and next to the visitor centre is the Old Brewery, which used to supply sailors of the Royal Hospital for Seamen with their daily allowance of 4 pints of beer, but which now serves people like you and me, and although I suggested coming to the visitor centre first, I’m also suggesting that you leave the Old Brewery bar to last – otherwise you might not end up going anywhere.