Greenwich: Where Time Begins
Island Gardens Station
Welcome! My name is Brian Cookson and I spent all my working life in London. After retiring, I trained as a London Blue Badge Guide and was especially drawn to the London Thames riverside. So much history and so many architectural gems can be found there. I decided to write a book about London waterside walks and Greenwich is one of the walks described there.
This walk is all about seafaring and the measurement of time. Greenwich Mean Time (or GMT) is the standard from which all the world's times are worked out. The town is also steeped in maritime history. We’ll see the Cutty Sark, pay a visit the Queen's House and the Painted Hall, as well as the Chapel of the former Royal Naval Hospital. You will also pass the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Planetarium. In fact, it is best to set aside at least a whole day to do justice to Greenwich, starting with this walk to whet your appetite.
So let’s get going! You should be standing outside Island Gardens DLR station, with the main road in front of you. Cross the main road via the pedestrian crossing. Then walk straight down the narrow alleyway on the other side.
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