On Sunday I decided to take a daytrip upto the new Royal Borough Greenwich. It has been some time since I last went there as a teenager so was looking forward to the trip.
I took the Thames Clipper from Westminister, which probably wasn’t the best idea as it was freakin freezing going up the river. The journey however was lovely, you really cannot appreciate how much lovely architecture there is in London until you see it from the river. It truly is breathtaking.
I arrived in Greenwich town centre around midday, on arriving found that the old pier is currently being re-developed. It looks a little bit too modern for my taste but let”s see what the finished product looks like. The Cutty sark is still under restoration work although you could clearly see the ship in all of her glory with the three masts looking spectacular. I must admit I wasn’t really taken with the concept of the ship being lifted onto a glass bubble. Yes I know it is modern but I much prefer seeing things in their original state. Maybe I’m just old fashioned.
Walking around Greenwich town centre I could not believe it was the same place, the good old pie & mash shop is no more, a little italian restaurant I used to like has disappeared from church street. I could not believe how many mainstream companies have taken over this small old fashioned village, I passed Starbucks, Costa coffee, Mc donalds, all in a little town which I always remember being authentic and original.
The old antique market has been demolished to make way for another university campus, thankfully the old theatre is still there and the old cinema has been re-opened as a picture house. I cannot believe how much has changed.
I took a stroll through the traditional covered Greenwich Market. I was really impressed with how many stalls were on offer. A few too many food stalls for my liking but there was plenty of arts stalls. I enjoyed ‘Quirk London’ stall which was a photographer who has photographed letters of the alphabet in everyday places around London and she spells out words with the photographs. It is so clever and i really applaud the girl for taking a risk and trying something different. Good for her.
The real highlight for me was coming across ‘Muttleys Kitchen’ a doggy deli. Run by one guy who freshly bakes the dog treats in the morning before bringing them to the market. The treats are all made out of natural ingredients and contain no additives, ash or other crap that you usually find in dog treats. The treats themselves look like little pasties for dogs and came in a variety of flavours such as liver, tuna, cheese, garlic, beef and chicken. Impressed by this I bought a bag of the fresh chicken treats for my Labrador who I must say absoloutely loves them. I would strongly recommend all dog owners check this stall out. I always feed my pets on natural foods so finding natural treats is a big bonus. my cats even enjoyed the chicken pastie treat.
On leaving the market with my greenwich goodies I ended the trip by taking a stroll through the royal park, it is just as beautiful as I remember it, lot’s of old trees, lovely atmosphere with young couples taking a Sunday walk. It really was a lovely day. I only wish I had someone special to share the day with, but we can’t have everything.