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The O2 Greenwich and Blackheath Hotels
The O2 is the UK's busiest music venue where you can enjoy the biggest acts on the planet. It's also the home of Elvis at The O2, an exhibition that chronicles the life and music of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Not only that, The O2 is where world-class sporting events such as ATP tennis takes part. Choose one of The O2 Greenwich and Blackheath hotels from lastminute.com and discover a fabulous part of London.
Ship, time and stars
Situated by the Thames in Greenwich is Cutty Sark, one of the last of the tea clippers, built in 1869. Next to this famous ship are the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College. Enjoy the marvellous space of Greenwich Park, which dates back to Roman times and is one of the most significant of all Royal Parks. Here you'll have the opportunity to straddle East and West, and occupy the very centre of our system of time zones, at the Prime Meridian Line. And from this lofty vantage point you'll have great views across the Thames as far as St Paul's Cathedral. That's not the only great vista you can witness here. The Royal Observatory gives you the opportunity to look to the stars. You'll also be able to learn about the study of celestial objects through the ages.
Three great sports play a significant role in this part of London. Blackheath FC is the world's third-oldest rugby club. It's said that Royal Blackheath Golf Club was the first of its kind outside of Scotland. It's certainly the oldest in England. And Greenwich Park is the location for the very start of the London Marathon which, after six miles, sees runners pass Cutty Sark.
Eating and drinking
Green Pea in Greenwich is a coffee house-cum-restaurant-cum art gallery. This attractive pub has garnered rave reviews for its honest-to-goodness home-made Irish-English cuisine and the warm welcome extended by the owner, Tom. Fine Nepalese and Indian dining is the order of the day at Mountain View. This Gurkha restaurant will make you feel at home and you'll be salivating in no time due to the wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen. For specially selected meat and vegetables cooked with traditional Turkish flair, Sefa, is making waves of its own in Greenwich.
Every Sunday, canny shoppers flock to Blackheath railway station, not to board a train but to buy fresh produce at Blackheath Farmers' Market which pitches up in the station's car park. Here you'll enjoy the opportunity to buy fresh fish, fruit, free range eggs, cheese, poultry and game that is grown or reared within a 100-mile radius of London. Open Tuesday to Sunday, Greenwich Market is a community hub where you'll find fresh produce, chic crafts and vintage threads, not to mention, antiques, art and much more. And Greenwich Shopping Park is a compact centre that houses a selection of well-known high street stores.
For ideas on activities in the capital check out our blog or our page for things to do in London.