Cases of covid delayed our Greenwich trip so we chose April anticipating mild weather, perhaps sunshine, and we’d be pre tourist season. Well, the weather started unseasonably cold and wet but developed into a delightful spring day.
The iconic Cutty Sark never disappoints, and we were reminded of its history and knew it would be a landmark for the London Marathon two days later. Our guide, Gina Mullett, then introduced the stunning Wren architecture surrounding us including the Royal Naval Hospital, Queen’s House and Observatory.
The Painted Hall, described as the UK’s Sistine Chapel, has useful ‘beds’ to fully appreciate the beauty of the ceiling. We then ventured outside to learn of the Queen’s House with its uninterrupted view to the river and beyond.
Filming was taking place, but we managed to visit the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul which is regarded as one of the finest neo-classical interiors in existence. The Maritime Museum has endless fascinating exhibits, but we featured on Turner’s magnificent depiction of The Battle of Trafalgar, the Royal Barge and the beautiful stained-glass ceiling salvaged from the Baltic Exchange following an IRA bombing.