Greenwich Market

In A Nutshell

There’s been a market in Greenwich since 1694 - it remains the only historic market set within a World Heritage site. Today, Greenwich Market continues to attract all kinds of stallholders and bargain hunters, trading in everything from vintage fashion to local handmade crafts. In recent years, it’s become known as a must-visit destination for fans of street food, with visitors from across the world enjoying a variety of global tastes.

Greenwich Market is the perfect gateway for enjoying a relaxing day out in one of London’s most charming corners. Packed with boutique and independent shops, world-class museums and the picturesque lawns of Greenwich Park, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.

ABOUT THE MARKET

The market is home to an eclectic mix of innovative food stalls, powered by the hard work of passionate people offering visitors specialist delicacies from a range of different cultures. Matteo and Marzia are the driving force behind No57A, which serves up delicious American pulled pork wraps with a hint of Italian influence. "Our dream was to open our own business that could reflect our origins," they said, "but also be creative and offer something new and different". Mac Yeah, their new project at Greenwich, is inspired by their lifelong love of pasta and fond childhood memories of food in their Italian-American family. The exciting menu, well worth sampling on your visit, features deep-fried mac and cheese with a variety of sauces as toppings. "It’s something different - no-one else does it in street food in the UK," says Marzia. "We could well be the first!"

Greenwich is a favourite of many of the capital’s most enthusiastic street cuisine connoisseurs. An American blogger in London, Laurie Wang loves to get out and see the best of the capital - and Greenwich Market is up there as one of her favourite destinations. "The market is such a fantastic alternative to the otherwise very chain-focussed restaurants on the high street." says Laurie. "The tastes and flavours are just mesmerising and if you weren’t hungry when you entered, you will be when you smell and see the food!". Laurie recommends hunting down her favourite dish - the Portuguese chorizo stew from Taste of Portugal - and heading down to the nearby Cutty Sark steps to eat, relax and enjoy a marvellous view of the river.

THINGS TO DO IN GREENWICH

Greenwich attracts millions of visitors every year, but its location - coupled with its open parklands and historic charm - imbue the area a calmer, more welcoming atmosphere than the helter skelter hurry of central London.

Of course, any trip to Greenwich isn’t complete without a visit to the elegant surround of the Old Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the iconic Royal Observatory, each an enduring testament to the global importance of this proud naval neighbourhood. The Planetarium at the Royal Observatory is a unique out-of-this-world experience. Tour the universe with a variety of daily shows to enjoy, and learn more about the mysteries of deep space - without leaving the comfort of your seat.

If you’ve exhausted the delights of the market, but you’re still feeling peckish, Goddards is a Greenwich pie and mash institution, having served traditional dishes to hungry Londoners since 1890. For something sweeter, the Paul Rhodes Bakery is perfectly placed on the corner of King William Walk, opposite the entrance to the old College. Many great pubs and restaurants stretch along the Greenwich High Road towards Deptford, which is home to a popular, emerging art scene.

There are simply so many things to do in Greenwich and beyond, it’s hard to fit it all into one day. If you’re looking to stay longer, check out hotels in London that will enable you to explore the city at your leisure.