I Love Greenwich

I’m a born and bred Greenwich girl. Literally.

I just love it. And the older I get the more and more I appreciate this beautiful pocket of London.

As a child I remember going to Greenwich Park with friends for picnics, playing ‘it’, hide and seek, sitting on our skateboards and zooming down the hills. Greenwich evokes many happy childhood memories for me. Then as I got a bit older I started discovering the vibrant village and buzzing market. I loved strolling through by all the stalls, making sure I always stopped at my favourite jewellery shop on the corner. And in more recent years I have really enjoyed the food market, my favourite being the teriyaki stand!

Yesterday we arranged to meet Joe’s sister and boyfriend at Greenwich. It had been too long since we had last been to Greenwich together so it felt just brilliant to walk through the park and look at the amazing view of the City. We met up at the Cutty Sark. Joe, Violet and Ezra played chase while I sat down for a breather  (i’m 5 weeks away from having this baby now!). Ezra enjoyed running after the pigeons, exclaiming “LOOK” as if these birds were the most amazing thing he had ever seen. To a 21 month old I guess they were!

Once my sister-in-law and her partner arrived we headed to the market to get some food.

I had my sights firmly set on the teriyaki stall and could practically taste the fresh squid in anticipation. Joe was looking forward to some fresh salmon. To my utter shock and huge disappointment the stand wasn’t there!!!! There was sushi, Portuguese pastries, gluten-free cakes, vegan and raw food but NO fresh squid!!!!!! In the end I got a chorizo bread and Joe had a lentil lasagne. They were both very good but I still feel sad that my favourite food wasn’t available. I wonder if it has gone for good or this was just a blip. Does anyone know?

For pudding I had some Nutella and strawberry pancakes!

This definitely lifted my spirits!

I also visited the drinks stand and got myself a watermelon juice. Joe had a fresh lemonade and gin!

We then walked to the park. Autumn has arrived which I’m not-so-secretly quite happy about. The 30degree heat in London was starting to get to me and I was struggling to cope. This cooler, fresher weather is certainly much more manageable. With autumn the leaves are turning crunchy and one of my favourite things to do with the children is collect conkers. Greenwich Park was abundant with conker trees and we spent a lovely time squashing the fallen shells and popping out bright, shiny conkers. Violet quickly filled any available space in the bottom of the pushchair with beautiful marbled conkers. Ezra also loved running around the trees with a conker in each hand showing anybody who would listen!

Finally we walked over to the playground. This was updated about 2 years ago. Gone are the usual metal framed swings and climbing frames and now there are huge wooden frames, swings, play houses and covered walkways.

The playground really is excellent, with plenty of picnic tables, grass areas, a little cafe and well serviced toilet facilities.

Our last stop in the playground was the sandpit. This is the same sandpit I played in as a little girl so I am fond of it despite not being a huge fan of sand! There is a water pump the children can use to get water into one area of the sand and there seemed to be a lot of buckets and spades which were for general use. Violet and Ezra both really loved pottering about in the sand.

We then trudged up the hill and headed for our car. I could easily have spent so much more time in the park, it’s so huge and there is loads to explore. But for us it was home time.

I absolutely loved our trip to Greenwich and will make sure we go back soon.
Have you been recently? What were your favourite places to visit? And any ideas where the teriyaki stall has gone?!
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12 Comments

  1. October 13, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    We love going to Greenwich Park too. My children a huge fans of the play park. I haven’t ventured to the food market though so next time we visit I’ll make sure we do. Your pancakes looked delicious. Thank you for sharing. X #HMcapturingmoments

    • August 15, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      The pancake was indeed verrrry yummy!

  2. October 13, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I went to the market a few times when I was Little, then when I went in my late 20s I went again and the market felt much more commercial. I’ve only been back to go to pubs, but given it’s over 10 years since I went properly I should try exploring again. It’s quite nearby to me really.
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    • August 15, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Yes – do come back! x

  3. October 14, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Love love love! I have written many a post about Greenwich- I absolutely love the place and used to live in Deptford years ago and relished my way into Greenwich! Fab post- we love all these bits of Greenwich with our little ones too x

    • August 15, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      🙂 Greenwich is such a wonderful place for everyone. Young, old, families, couples, singles. Something for everyone!

  4. October 14, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Stayed in Greenwhich a few time when going to the O2, I agree I love Greenwhich too x #HMcapturingmoments

    • August 15, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Greenwich is a wonderful place! x

  5. October 14, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    I love Greenwich park! We stood on the meridian line there – massive walk up that huge hill. Great views of London and the O2 from the top. I love the cutty sark too! That strawberry and nutella pancake looks amazing. Thank you so much for linking up to #HMcapturingmoments x

    ps I really LOVE your blog logo!!

    • August 15, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Hi Maria – thankyou!! I do love Greenwich Park so much. Many happy memories 🙂

  6. October 14, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    I am a huge fan of Greenwich too and my daughter adores the Maritime Museum (the boat museum) and asks for it all of the time. We are very fortunate to live fairly close at the moment so are able to visit quite often. Your pancake looks amazing! I haven’t been to the market for years! #HMcapturingmoments

    • August 15, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      You must visit the market again soon. Such lovely food and drink!!

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