We asked our intern , Alina to keep a weekly diary of her observations of London . Here’s what she has to say about discovering South London.
The closer you get to the DLR-station Cutty Sark, the more you can feel the clear separation between North and South London. But more and more North Londoners are starting to appreciate South London’s more favourable real estate prices, parks and relaxed lifestyle. The picturesque Greenwich offers magnificent sights and with the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum it is a must on your “Places-To-See-In-London”-Checklist.
The Royal Observatory is a part of the National Maritime Museum and dedicates itself entirely to marine science and astronomy. Located in Greenwich Park, one of London’s oldest Royal Parks, the observatory not only attracts hordes of tourists but also Londoners who enjoy a picnic with a breathtaking view.
If you ever wanted to travel from one part of the world to another you will have your chance to do so for only £ 10. Or at least the admission allows you to enter the Meridian Courtyard in front of the Flamsteed House.
From there, overlooking the East End of London, you can straddle the world, one foot in the Eastern hemisphere, another in the West. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel at least a bit excited as you stand on the metal strip marking the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.
Further in the yard I have discovered something that really pulled my heartstrings: a statue erected in honour of Yuri Gagarin, a Russian Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Pretty much the national hero of each and every generation ever since, it was nice to see a reminder of his accomplishment in a place so far from home.
The most historic of all Royal Parks, Greenwich Park dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1427. From the statue of General Wolfe the park offers imperious views across the River Thames all the way to St. Pauls Cathedral.
Greenwich is also the oldest of London’s deer parks and has been home to Red and Fallow Deer since it was enclosed. Originally they wandered around the whole area but over time the deer were moved away from the more popular sections of the Park until they were confined to The Wilderness, by the Flower Garden in the south east of the park. There are paths leading to special viewpoints from which you can enjoy watching the herd of 16 fallow deer and 14 red deer.
If you came unprepared for a picnic, do not worry! Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday the market offers snacks from all over the world: Spanish tapas, Thai curries, Sushi, French crepes, Brazilian churros and many more. Hungry yet? I sure was. And at last I tasted the famous macarons! @ you will find many flavours (and colours as well) and I had to hold back to not eat them all at once. But you know…sugar is good for your soul, right?
So, if the weather God is in a benevolent mood, grab a book, your dog or a couple of friends and simply enjoy!
Discover what Camden and North London has to offer as well here on our This is Camden page – http://www.ttischool.com/camden.phtml