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Greenwich

Greenwich is home to the O2 Arena, Greenwich Park, Greenwich market, Cutty Sark, The National Maritime Museum, Queens House, and the Royal Observatory where you can stand on the line that divides between the East and West side of GMT, Greenwich Mean Time!

Unfortunately there is a lot of construction going on at the moment to prepare for the Olympics in 2012, so Cutty Sark is currently closed, and the lower area of the park is also closed, but you can still see everything else.

Getting off the DLR you are close to Greenwich Market, selling food, clothes, art etc. There is a Vegetarian Ethiopian Food stand if you’re looking for lunch. Outside, head towards the National Maritime Museum. This is FREE entry but it’s more of a “bits from ships” museum as opposed to ships themselves. So if you are expecting to see full ships here, you will be disappointed, and you’re better off heading to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for that.

The 17th Century Queen’s House is next to the NMM, also FREE entry, displays fine art, and is some times a venue for weddings and private events.

From the NMM you can enter Greenwich Park and walk up the hill to the Royal Observatory with great views of Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena and Central London. Inside are Flamsteed House and the Meridian Courtyard where you can stand right on the Greenwich Meridian Line, which represents the Prime Meridian of the World – Longitude 0º. Entrance to these two is £7. The Planetarium is now also part of the Royal Observatory, via the South building. You must book ahead for shows, £6.50.

If you’d rather not go inside, the marked line does continue outside the gate & down the wall, so you can still take a photo there for free if that’s all you’re after. Also in the corner of Greenwich Park is a wildlife enclosure with Deer, Bats, Foxes and Birds.

Take the DLR from Canary Wharf to Cutty Sark or Greenwich Station. Or you can take the River Service from Canary Wharf Pier to Greenwich Pier for £3.00 (with an Oyster card).

The NMM, Royal Observatory and Queen’s House are open daily 10:00~17:00 (last admission 16:30)
The Meridian Courtyard and Flamsteed House at the Royal Observatory stay open till 19:15 during summer.

Highgate Cemetery

It’s odd to think of a normal, still active, cemetery as a tourist sight, but it seems a popular spot in London, and it’s an interesting place to take some photos. Notable graves include Karl Marx (the German Philosopher who developed Marxism which largely influenced Communism) and Douglas Adams, who penned The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Both of these are in the East Cemetery, which you can visit and walk around on your own, £3, or they have a tour on Saturdays at 2pm, £7.
Week Days 10:00 ~ 17:00 (16:00 in Winter)
Weekends 11:00 ~ 17:00 (16:00 in Winter)

Entry to the West Cemetery is by guided tour only. They leave at 13:45 on weekdays and hourly on weekends 11:00 ~ 15:00, £7. You need to book for the weekday tour and show up early for the weekend tours.

From Archway Tube Station, you can take a short bus ride up to Highgate village or turn left and walk up Highgate Hill (relatively steep), until you get to Waterlow Park on your left and go downhill across the park to the right, to the Swain’s Lane exit (below the tennis courts) and continue left down that street. The walk takes 15~20 minutes.

Note you are not allowed to bring tripods into the cemetery and are asked to dress appropriately.

Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, or Kew Gardens, are huge! At 121 hectares, they hold the world’s largest collection of living plants, featuring over 30,000 species from all over the world. There’s also a Chinese Pagoda, Japanese Rock Garden, small aquarium, and multiple climate-controlled conservatories. There’s even a Peacock or two walking around. To see everything you really need most of the day.

Open every day except Dec 24/25. Entry costs £13.90, discounts for groups of 10+. Walk from Kew Gardens Tube station.
09:30 ~ 17:00