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We arrived at Blackheath Gate Greenwich Park at 10am to meet Steven, our City & Village Tours Blue Badge guide, who would take us on this exciting tour. Sightseeing days always start with the must-have cup of tea or coffee, so we headed for the Pavilion Café. The staff were soon rushed off their feet as a long queue of 47 formed at the till!
After our leisurely tea break we were off to see the astonishing views over Olympic London, as seen by billions during the Olympic Games. From Wren’s old Royal Observatory we looked out over Greenwich and the River Thames to the Olympic Stadium, the O2 Arena, the new cable cars, the Shard, the City with the Dome of St Paul’s, and into the West End.
We walked down through the park past the site of the Olympic showjumping to the Queen’s House for a tour inside. We then made our way to the National Maritime Museum to see some of beautiful barges and maritime memorabilia.
It was now time for lunch, which we enjoyed in the museum restaurant. After lunch we all made our way to the Cutty Sark, rebuilt after the disastrous fire and reopened in April 2012 by HM Queen Elizabeth, following the £50 million restoration.
Next we boarded the coach and set out to the Greenwich Peninsula for a flight on the new Emirate Thames Cable Car from the O2 to the Royal Docks and back again. What a marvellous view – again a wonderful ride.
Just time for a last cup of tea and a quick look inside the O2 before heading home.
A very big thank you to Steven our guide for his very informative running commentary through the day. He made the day very enjoyable and kept us all together. He didn’t lose even one of us.
A very exciting day out. Love to do it all again.