London’s baroque village contains royal and maritime heritage as well as one the greatest architectural set-pieces in Europe
Five miles east of central London lies a historic former village that exemplifies many of the themes that characterise London and Britain’s historic and architectural development. Home to England’s first ever classical building Greenwich had a momentous impact on architecture that resonated well beyond the capital. As the site of the world’s largest maritime museum and home to the world-famous Cutty Sark clipper ship, Greenwich makes clear how Britain’s seafaring heritage has been central to its industrial wealth and economic success. As home to the Royal Observatory and the Meridian Line which separates the eastern and western hemispheres, Greenwich can even lay claim to being the instrument by which the world’s time is set. But it is the site of its former royal palace, now home to an extraordinary riverside complex that houses one of the most spectacular baroque interiors in Europe that secures Greenwich’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and underpins its claim to being one of the cradles of baroque architecture and design.
Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich Palace)
St. Alphege Church
WALK START LOCATION: Island Gardens DLR station / Map
WALK ENDS: Greenwich Park