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The questions YOU’VE been asking US USERS’ GVIDE May 2011 Page 2


ESSENTIAL INFO FOR YOUR DAY


WHAT ALPENED NEXT: This is the futuristic £50million cable car that could be in place over the Thames by next summer. And yes, it’ll take Oyster cards


I heard Greenwich has a new cable car? How do I get there? Not so fast, my adventurous friend. Yes, we’re getting a cable car cross the Thames from Royal Victoria Docks to the Greenwich Peninsula. It’s going to cost about £50million (twice the original estimate – well we’ve all had builders in, haven’t we?) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said some public money WILL go into it to try and ensure it’s open before the Olympics.


The Olympics? Isn’t that in North London? Greenwich will play a big part in the 2012 Games – equestrian events will be in Greenwich Park and basketball and trampolining at the O2 arena and shooting in Woolwich.


So they’re ages away. What do we do in the err meantime? Ha, ha, very funny. Plenty. You’ve picked up a Greenwich Visitor which will give you loads of ideas. Next s top ha s to be the Tour i s t Information Centre at Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens (just next to the Cutty Sark site). It’s just been named London’s best TIC. Ask for advice, sort out accommodation if necessary, buy travel tickets for boats, tube, DLR, rail, bus and coach journeys, book yourself a guided tour, buy tickets for shows, theatres and (if you really must!) other London attractions. Drop in – they’re very helpful. Next door to the TIC is the new £5.8million Discover Greenwich centre. Which is great for kids.


We came to see the Cutty Sark...so where is it? It’s under huge tarpaulins just near the river. And it’s being renovated before the big relaunch.


Relaunch? What relaunch!? Fire broke out on board the famous tea clipper on May 21 2007, ironically during its first major refurbishment in 50 years. Luckily, because the masts and rigging had been stripped, around 90 per cent of the original Cutty Sark remains. It put the project back 14 months and added £10m to the cost. It will re- open in the first quarter of 2012.


Greenwich is a World Heritage Site? What’s that? It means it is so amazing it’s listed by UNESCO for its significance. There are fewer than 1,000 of them.


What are they building at the National Maritime Museum? The Sammy Ofer Wing – an extension with exhibition spaces, interactive galleries, cafes, shop...


It looks like a building site when you walk towards the river. That’s because it is. Cutty Sark Gardens is being dug up and given a makeover. It will be leafy, pedestrian AND cyclist friendly and have a interactive water tidal element. A bit like the Thames!


GV FAQ


Is the foot tunnel open yet? It is. Mostly. There have been several delays during refurbishment and the lifts, fingers crossed, have just been replaced. Got a clever phone? Check updates at http://www.greenwich.gov. uk/Greenwich/Travel/foot-tunnels. htm


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Sammy who? Ofer. KBE. He’s a Billionaire shipping magnate and major philanthropist. He gave the NMM £20m and helped fund the Cutty Sark refurb.


Yes – except for Greenwich’s fantastic Fan


Are museums free?


Museum, which has no public


funding. It has arguably the world’s greatest collection of fans. The Royal Observatory now charges an annual £10 to see the Meridian Line (£7.50 with a Greenwich Card). It’s to pay for wear and tear, apparently.


I’ve heard Blackheath is nice. Bit of a trek isn’t it? Not really…head up through the park (the views are great on the way) through the gates and on to the Heath. It’s a unique open space for London, popular with kite-flyers. You’ll see Blackheath glistening in


the distance. It’s not far. It has fabulous shops and bars and a village feel that’s rare in the metropolis.


Greenwich a Royal Borough? What’s that all about? Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee next year and to mark it she’ll be making Greenwich a Royal Borough because our links go back ages. Get us!


We came to see the Market, but I heard it’s going? No, no, the market will remain, with its arts and crafts, antiques and memorabilia, food and produce. There’s been a market here since the 1300s . A char i ty, Greenwich Hospital, which owns the site, has won permission to redevelop the market and build a new hotel there, but the market will move to a temporary home before returning.


It’s not the only market, is it? No, there is the great Clocktower Market along Greenwich High Road. It’s more retro, with collectables and clothing. And you can haggle! And if you’re after bargains Woolwich Market is only a few DLR stops away right outside Woolwich Arsenal station.


What happened to the massive flea market? Yes, there was a massive market in Stockwell Street full of furniture and clothes but that closed down a few years ago. It’s being turned into a new Architecture wing of the University of Greenwich.


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POLICE Greenwich Police Station, 31 Royal Hill. SE10 8RR. 020 8855 1212. Minicom: 020 8284 7730. Blackheath: 43 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 5JZ. 0300 123 1212. Deptford: 116 Amersham Vale London SE14 6LG. For all emergencies call 999. HEALTH Nearest A&E: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Stadium Road, Woolwich, London SE18 4QH. 020 8836 6000. Emergencies: 999. Dental emergency: 020 8299 5509. Dispensing chemists: Duncans Chemists, 193-195 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA. 020 8858 1953. Boots, 196-198 Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, SE10 9ER. 020 8858 0501. Meridian Pharmacy, 16 Greenwich Church Street, London, SE10 9BJ. 020 8858 1404 TOURISM Greenwich Tourist Information Centre (next to The Cutty Sark) Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW. 0870 608 2000. Open every day from 10-5. Closed Dec 25 & 26. PARK Greenwich Park: Park Office, Blackheath Gate, Charlton Way, Greenwich, SE10 8QY. 020 8858 2608. Park police (non-emergency) 0300 123 1212. Report a crime online at www.online.met. police.uk Open 6am for pedestrians (7am for traffic) all year. Closing times vary on season. No through traffic 10-4 or weekends, bank hols. MUSEUMS & VENUES National Maritime Museum: Free. Romney Road, SE10 9NF. 020 8858 4422. Royal Observatory: £10 plus concessions. Greenwich Park. Blackheath Av, SE10 8XJ (Planetarium not free) 020 8858 4422. Queen’s House. Gallery. Free. Open 10-5. Fan Museum: 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER. 0208 305 1441 Open: Tues to Sat: 11-5; Sun: 12-5. Old Royal Naval College: Free. Open daily 10-5. Includes Discover Greenwich, Painted Hall and Old Royal Naval Chapel Chapel. The Pepys Building, King William Walk, London SE10 9LW. 020 8269 4747. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance: King Charles Court, SE10 9JF. 020 8305 4444. Laban, Creekside, SE8 3DZ. 020 8691 8600. Thames Barrier Visitor Centre: Entry 10.30-4 April-Sept; 11am-3 Oct-March. Closed partly Christmas and New Year. 1 Unity Way, Woolwich, London SE18 5NJ. 020 8305 4188. TRAVEL DLR: 020 7363 9700. dlr.co.uk Transport for London: 020 7222 1234. tfl.gov.uk Riverboats: To and from Greenwich Pier (near the Cutty Sark) from Westminster, Embankment or Tower piers. Foot tunnel: Links Greenwich (Cutty Sark Gardens) to the Isle of Dogs (Island Gardens). Open Monday to Friday 6am-9pm; Saturday from 6am throughout the weekend until Monday 9pm. Check with Greenwich Council. COUNCILS Greenwich Council: Helpline: 020 8854 8888 Lewisham Council: 020 8314 6000 Floodline: 24-hour flood info: 0845 988 1188 KNOW something we should add? Please email editor@TheGreenwichVisitor.com


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