Beneath the National Maritime Museum lie the remains of a great lost Tudor palace – Placentia, Henry VIII’s birthplace and his favourite place on earth. But how did Placentia end up as a Roundhead biscuit factory?
Greenwich, the ‘green port’, is London at its most graceful. Quirks of geography – the sublime, sheltering curve of Greenwich Hill, the flat riverside terrace, the power and depth of the river at this point – made it a perfect place for a maritime settlement. And its distance from the medieval city made Greenwich a haven for aristocrats and merchants seeking to escape from London’s squalor and delinquency: for centuries this isolated village was home to palaces, mansions and monasteries. But as Britain extended her global reach through trade, conquest and exploration, and as the city grew outwards, so Greenwich took on a new role as London’s window on the world, the oracle of global time and a notorious hotspot for spies, saboteurs and pleasure-seekers. Join us for a walk around this exotic entrepot – half port, half palace – and get a rare breath of London’s historic sea air.
Tap ‘View Map’ to see the route and stops. Tapping the numbered syringes on the map will take you to each stop. Once you’re ready to go to the next stop, tap ‘Back’ at the top of the screen to return to the map. If you want to jump straight to a particular stop, use the links below ‘View Map’.
Distance: 2.3 miles / 3.8 km
Start / end: Cutty Sark DLR station
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One fine body…