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by Rebecca Taylor (subscribe)
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Published June 7th 2012
Prime Meridian in Greenwich
A sunny day would have made all the difference

I have had the opportunity to visit Greenwich a number of times, whilst using a few different modes of transportation. Like so many tourist destinations, the weather plays a large role in dictating your impression of Greenwich.

The first time that I went, it was a clear summer day, and we had taken a Thames River Boat Cruise that ended in Greenwich. We got off, had lunch at a beautiful garden pub, and took the tube home. Although somewhat crowded (what isn't in London in the summer?) this was a good day out. However, we had not done the usual Greenwich tourist hits – Royal Observatory, Prime Meridian, etc. Therefore, it was only a matter of time until I went back and saw for myself what the fuss was all about.

A few weekends ago, the time had come to revisit Greenwich. This time we decided to cycle from North London to Greenwich – on an overcast and drizzly London day. Now, when choosing to visit a place known for its views, I recommend checking the forecast and giving it a miss on such days.

The Old Royal Naval College was deserted, the view from the top of Greenwich Park (beside the Royal Observatory) was cloudy and dismal, and you now have to pay a tenner to see the Prime Meridian – doesn't that technically belong to everyone? I was quite shocked and admittedly getting more turned off. We decided to skip lunch in Greenwich and take the pedestrian tunnel over to Tower Hamlets.

Is it sad to admit that the tunnel may have been the highlight? It acts as its own underground road with people coming and going from both sides. Be sure to stop and take some oh-so-artsy snaps underground.

After arriving home – I had to wonder – in the tourist city that is London, how much are we doing because we truly want to, and how many activities are we doing because we feel we should be doing them?

Greenwich to me was one of these activities. Did I want to see it? Yes. Of my own free will or because I was told it was something you simply "had to do in London"? I admit it was the latter. And will I go back? I'm sure I will, as when friends visit they'll give me the same sites they have to see in London, with Greenwich thrown somewhere at the end.

Therefore, if you succumb to the peer pressures of travel as well, take heed and go on a sunny day – at least you'll have a good view.
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Why? A must see in London?
When: Daily
Where: Greenwich
Cost: Park, College and Museum - Free; Prime Meridian - £10
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