Travel By Numbers: Greenwich

To mark the Diamond Jubilee, Greenwich has been given 'Royal Borough' status, with celebrations taking place this weekend. Laura Holt figures it all out.

Laura Holt
Friday 03 February 2012 01:00


The previous number of "Royal Boroughs". The others are Kensington and Chelsea in London; Windsor and Maidenhead; and Kingston upon Thames. The addition of Greenwich brings the total to four.


The year that Henry VIII was born, at the Palace of Placentia. The building was later reconstructed as the Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital in a project overseen by Sir Christopher Wren. Admiral Nelson's body lay in state here after his death at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1873, the Royal Naval College took up residence; today the site houses Greenwich University. Free events here tomorrow include a lantern procession and fireworks (10am-6.15pm).


The degree of longitude on which the Royal Observatory, the home of the universal Prime Meridian, stands. Since 1999, it has been marked by a green laser, which darts northwards into the sky.


The time, in minutes, from Charing Cross station to Eltham, where Eltham Palace was once a royal residence. It also holds a stunning Art Deco mansion, added in the 1930s. Visit for a free falconry display, jousting and regal characters today.


The date, in April, when the Queen will officially reopen the Cutty Sark, almost five years after a fire ravaged the tea clipper halfway through a £25m renovation. cuttysark.


The number of Olympic Games events due to take place in Greenwich this year. Venues include The O2 – or "North Greenwich Arena". Until then, the site continues to entertain with restaurants, films, concerts and its history-of-music exhibition.

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