As a new cable car crosses the Thames and the Olympic Flame makes its first London touch-down in the borough, Greenwich is definitely the place to be this summer…
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has always had a lot going for it – after all, it’s where time began, or at least Greenwich Mean Time. But this summer the area has really kicked it up a gear and we would now certainly recommend it as a great place to visit, as well as a fantastic place to live. June saw the opening of the new London Emirates Air Line cable car, while on July 21 the Olympic Flame will pass through the borough.
The new link across the Thames, which opened on 27 June, runs between specially constructed terminals: Emirates Greenwich Peninsula near the O2 on the south side of the river and Emirates Royal Docks at the ExCel conference centre on the north side of the river. Making use of 34 cabins, up to 2,500 people will be able to cross in each direction every hour, with the 1,100 metre journey taking approximately 10 minutes. According to London Mayor, Boris Johnson, ‘This is a stunning addition to London’s transport network, providing a much-needed new connection across the Thames.’
Further excitement is in store for Greenwich residents with the imminent arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay. Coming from its overnight stop at the Tower of London, the Flame will start its tour of Greenwich at the Prime Meridian. It will then pass through the new Olympic equestrian venue, before making its way to the Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark Gardens. The torch bearers will then carry it along Trafalgar Road, Woolwich Road, Combedale Road and Westcombe Hill, before continuing on to Eltham. The torch bearers for this leg include British Muay Thai kickboxing champion Ruqsana Begum and British junior swimmer Natasha Sinha.
Add to that the addition of the ‘Royal’ to the borough’s name in February this year, and it’s evident Greenwich is having a renaissance. As well as major tourist attractions and event venues, the area offers fabulous residential opportunities and is an easy commute into Canary Wharf and the City. To find out more about living in Greenwich, why not take a look at our area report: Relocating to London: Area Report Greenwich