Christmas in Greenwich

Like every year one of the most relaxing and charming areas of London during the Christmas time is Greenwich with its eclectic mix of local designer-maker shops and stalls. It is one of the most appealing corners of London.

Greenwich Park in the snow

Greenwich Royal Observatory Greenwich and snowballs

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Greenwich Royal Observatory Greenwich at night

Greenwich Royal Observatory Greenwicih 24hr clock in snow

Greenwich St Alfege church Greenwich at Xmas

Greenwich Market will become a twinkling festive haven from 27 November when the children’s handmade Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On takes place. A visit to Greenwich Market is the best way to spend an afternoon finding the perfect present. As well as unique stalls featuring designer maker arts, crafts, fashion and jewellery – perfect stocking fillers and more – the market is also home to independent designer-maker shops like Arty Globe where shoppers can find wonderful gifts adorned with hand-drawn 3D cityscapes. Greenwich Market is open Tuesdays to Sundays and daily from 10 December except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Greenwich Old Royal Naval College Greenwich statue

The Old Royal Naval College’s 2013 Christmas Collection continues the bespoke Christmas gift feel, with its collection that includes designs by local talent in and around Greenwich as well as from further afield. Ranging from under £10 to £50 the collection offers beautiful gifts including porcelain necklaces, “paint your own” Santa Russian nested dolls and a specially commissioned print of Greenwich by acclaimed artist, Beka Smith.

And, for the first time ever, the ORNC is also offering online shopping at www.ornc.org/shop for a range of its Christmas products, some of which are not available through any other outlet in the UK.

Greenwich Cutty Sark in snow

The Old Royal Naval College isn’t the only attraction that offers fabulous gift ideas. The National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory all stock wonderful items for all ages in their gift shops – such as a special Polar Exploration range inspired by the museums stories and artefacts that has launched just in time for Christmas. So make your day extra special by soaking up some history at these world class attractions whilst you shop.

For that elusive vintage find, Clocktower Market is a quirky alternative. This weekend market specialises in retro and antique items including vintage clothing, books, records, jewellery and collectables – the place to find some distinctive hidden gems.

Absorb the timeless Canaletto view on board Thames Clippers en route to a special Christmas fair at Greenwich Peninsula. Handmade Christmas at The O2 (13-15 December) brings hundreds of the country’s best crafters under one roof for shoppers wanting that special present or food for the festive season.

It’s not all about the shopping in Greenwich. Don’t shop until you drop, instead rest your feet in one of the many eateries and coffee shops dotted around the town centre. Escape to The Fan Museum for afternoon tea, Greenwich Tavern for a cosy late lunch or Rivington Grill Greenwich for an early dinner where kids can eat for free!

With the Emirates Air Line, DLR, London Underground, City Cruises, Thames Clippers and National Rail, travelling to Greenwich has never been easier. And if a single afternoon’s shopping isn’t enough to pick up every present, take advantage of the many accommodation options available. Whether you’re looking for four star luxury or a cosy B&B, Greenwich has it all. The Mercure London Greenwich is the latest addition to the fabulous collection of hotels in the area. This secluded four star hotel offers tranquil surroundings and great views of Greenwich and Canary Wharf. Or try the Novotel London Greenwich for its contemporary style and convenient location.

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