Sophie Rosie

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The London Diaries; Greenwich

The London Diaries; Greenwich

Greenwich has been one of those places I've wanted to visit for a long time. Every time I saw a photo on Instagram, I just wanted to go.  And so a few weekends ago, I was so excited when one of my friends came to visit and it was decided that we were going to go explore this beautiful part of London for a few hours. We got so, so lucky with the weather. Considering it was the end of September, the sun was shining and it was a beautifully warm day, which made the little visit even better.  This photo here is taken inside the Chapel of St Peter & St Paul which is located inside of The Old Royal Naval College. It dates back to the 18th Century and oh my, this photo does not do it justice at all. It is absolutely breathtaking and I just didn't know where to look when we first walked in, everything about it is simply beautiful. It was so lovely to take photos, but also just to sit inside here for a minute was calming and peaceful and relaxing, and such a contrast to the busyness of outside.

Greenwich has been one of those places I've wanted to visit for a long time. Every time I saw a photo on Instagram, I just wanted to go.  And so a few weekends ago, I was so excited when one of my friends came to visit and it was decided that we were going to go explore this beautiful part of London for a few hours. We got so, so lucky with the weather. Considering it was the end of September, the sun was shining and it was a beautifully warm day, which made the little visit even better. 

This photo here is taken inside the Chapel of St Peter & St Paul which is located inside of The Old Royal Naval College. It dates back to the 18th Century and oh my, this photo does not do it justice at all. It is absolutely breathtaking and I just didn't know where to look when we first walked in, everything about it is simply beautiful. It was so lovely to take photos, but also just to sit inside here for a minute was calming and peaceful and relaxing, and such a contrast to the busyness of outside.

Greenwich Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College & Chapel.

(Nearest tube; Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich, DLR)

 
When you first jump off the tube at Cutty Sark, you're pretty much greeted with... well, the Cutty Sark, which is a big ship that fascinated me for a good while. It's also right on Greenwich Pier, which provides a great view across the river to Central London, and then, near enough right next door, is The Old Royal Naval College which is even bigger and more beaut than it looks on any photo I've seen so far. Having a love for beautiful buildings and architecture, I was in love and felt right at home. It never ceases to amaze me just how grand and intricate and rich with history these places are. I always like to try and picture what it would've been like all of those hundreds of years ago. The buildings that are there today, date back to the 17th Century, and were originally used as The Royal Hospital for Seamen. The project was taken on by two of England's best architects, including Sir Christopher Wren, who is known for so many works that are still here in London; the Monument, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, and probably most famously, St Paul's Cathedral. A pretty incredible architect, huh? Nicholas Hawksmoor was the other architect who worked on what is now known as The Old Royal Naval college, and some of his other projects are just as famous too, including; Kensington Palace Orangery, The Long Library in Blenheim Palace, and Queens College, Oxford.

When you first jump off the tube at Cutty Sark, you're pretty much greeted with... well, the Cutty Sark, which is a big ship that fascinated me for a good while. It's also right on Greenwich Pier, which provides a great view across the river to Central London, and then, near enough right next door, is The Old Royal Naval College which is even bigger and more beaut than it looks on any photo I've seen so far.

Having a love for beautiful buildings and architecture, I was in love and felt right at home. It never ceases to amaze me just how grand and intricate and rich with history these places are. I always like to try and picture what it would've been like all of those hundreds of years ago.

The buildings that are there today, date back to the 17th Century, and were originally used as The Royal Hospital for Seamen. The project was taken on by two of England's best architects, including Sir Christopher Wren, who is known for so many works that are still here in London; the Monument, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, and probably most famously, St Paul's Cathedral.

A pretty incredible architect, huh?

Nicholas Hawksmoor was the other architect who worked on what is now known as The Old Royal Naval college, and some of his other projects are just as famous too, including; Kensington Palace Orangery, The Long Library in Blenheim Palace, and Queens College, Oxford.

The Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory.

Greenwich Pier

Greenwich 

 

Pier.

Then, we walked (hiked - it's a big ol' hill!) up to The Royal Observatory. The views from up here are amazing, you can see and identify so much of London's famous skyline. The Observatory is home to the Meridian line (if you stand with one foot either side of it, you'll have one foot in the west and one foot in the east!) as well as Greenwich Mean Time. In the end, we didn't get chance to browse through Greenwich Market, as we were getting pretty short on time. However, we had a lovely walk back down the hill, through the park and along the river front back to a well-deserved coffee.

Then, we walked (hiked - it's a big ol' hill!) up to The Royal Observatory. The views from up here are amazing, you can see and identify so much of London's famous skyline. The Observatory is home to the Meridian line (if you stand with one foot either side of it, you'll have one foot in the west and one foot in the east!) as well as Greenwich Mean Time.

In the end, we didn't get chance to browse through Greenwich Market, as we were getting pretty short on time. However, we had a lovely walk back down the hill, through the park and along the river front back to a well-deserved coffee.

Greenwich is absolutely somewhere that I'd head back to. I loved it.

Have you ever visited?

Soph

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