Among the charms of London, discover Greenwich, a World Heritage Site and home of the Greenwich Mean Time and Meridian Line. Located in the London Borough of Greenwich, the popular sites of this district include the National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory. It is best known for its maritime history and the town became the site of a royal Palace, the Palace of Placentia from the 15th century.
The city’s unique maritime heritage is evident, set in the stunning Georgian streets. It also includes the most beautiful parkland in the city as well as an array of vibrant shops and street markets. The park was an original design by Andre Le Notre, and contains the Old Royal Observatory which was the work of Robert Hooke and Wren. Furthermore, Greenwich is a place which presents exotic classical architecture and strong maritime connections. The buildings feature English artistic and scientific skills of the 17th and 18th centuries. The first Palladian building in England was the Queen’s house by Inigo Jones. In addition, this district was declared the prime meridian and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) the stand measurement of time. In order to assist others to synchronize their clocks to GMT, a time ball was installed by Astronomer John Pond in the year 1833. This ball still drops daily to mark the time of 1 pm.
Greenwich also houses the National Maritime Museum which is holds a rich collection from the seafaring history of the nation. The maritime connections were celebrated in the 20th century with the involvement of Cutty Sark and Gipsy Moth IV next to the river front and the National Maritime Museum in the previous buildings of Royal Hospital Schools in the year 1934.
Take a stroll down river Thames and grab a bite from one of the classy restaurants in Greenwich. It is a wonderful place to explore museums, markets or just relax in one of the riverside pubs. Choose accommodation at one of the UK hotels that offer you an ideal location and the best perks. An excellent choice from the England hotels guide would be the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels UK, with its spectacular surroundings and elegant comfort.