The Clarendon Hotel is situated at the top of Blackheath Village and close to Blackheath mainline railway station with trains running to Central London or Kent. Many bus routes are nearby, including the all day and night service 108, which runs to the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s North Greenwich peninsula. The Jubilee Line Tube Station at North Greenwich provides direct access to Central London, as does the Thames Clipper river service.
The Clarendon Hotel is popular with guests visiting ExCeL. The Emirates Air Line, Transport for London’s gondola lift cable car, opened in 2012 and transports visitors from Royal Greenwich’s North Greenwich peninsula to the Royal Docks, where ExCeL and City Airport are situated.
The Docklands Light Railway terminates at Lewisham close to bus routes 89 and 108, which stop opposite the hotel. Please note that you cannot pay by cash on London buses – you can use contact-less debit/credit cards or buy a Oyster card prior. There is also a taxi rank at the station.
The Clarendon is close to many world-class attractions. The 02 Arena at North Greenwich is the world’s most successful venue and regularly hosts large events.
The 02’s fabulous Entertainment Avenue is open for anyone to visit day and night. The Avenue surrounds the arena and is packed with restaurants, bars, clubs and the fantastic 11 screen multiplex cinema, Cineworld. The giant main auditorium seats up to 770 movie fans and has the biggest 3D cinema screen in Europe.
Historic cultural attractions are close to The Clarendon Hotel. The gates to London’s oldest Royal Park, Greenwich Park, are on the far side of the heath and are a gateway to the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.
Situated in the 183 acre park is the Royal Observatory Founded by King Charles II in 1675 to study the stars it was built by Sir Christopher Wren. Today. the Royal Observatory now includes London’s only planetarium the modern Peter Harrison Planetarium. The Prime Meridian of the World where time beings can be viewed in the grounds of the Royal Observatory. The line divides the world into two hemispheres, east and west. The world’s time is also calculated from Greenwich Meantime, GMT. The famous Harrison Time Pieces can be vied in the Royal Observatory, which is part of the Royal Museums Greenwich complex.
The statue of General Woolf, hero of the Battle of Quebec in 1775 has great panoramic views of Canary Wharf and docklands. From the statue looking down the steep hill, can be seen the National Maritime Museum with its new Sammy Ofer Wing. The area in front of this part of the Royal Museums Greenwich was host to equestrian events during London 2012.
The panoramic view also takes in the Queen’s House and the Old Royal Naval College beyond. Sir Christopher Wren placed a gap between the two sets of buildings of the former Greenwich Hospital so the Queen could retain her view of the river.
The Old Royal Naval College contains the famous Painted Hall, Chapel and Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre – all these attractions are free to the public. The site is also home to the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban.
The recently refurbished and reopened Cutty Sark is in dry dock, next to the Old Royal Naval College. The world’s sole surviving tea clipper, has undergone a £50 million restoration plan and is now part of the Royal Museums Greenwich.
Greenwich Park and all the great buildings listed are within the UNESCO Maritime World Heritage Site, which was inscribed in 1997.
The borough of Greenwich was given Royal status in 2012 and was one of the host boroughs for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
In addition to the above, Greenwich Town Centre is a vibrant place with many bars, restaurants and markets. There is an arts cinema, Greenwich Picturehouse and a flourishing theatre, Greenwich Theatre.
Opposite the Greenwich Theatre is The Fan Museum, the world’s only museum totally dedicated to fans and set within beautiful Georgian buildings.
Greenwich is a place of wonder, so please enjoy its many varied attractions during your stay at The Clarendon Hotel.
Bikes may be hired from The Flight Centre in Greenwich, the rates are from £4 per hour. They are open Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm, and weekends weather dependent and on request. Tel 020 8858 6677 http://www.flightcentregreenwich.co.uk
Long term renting in Blackheath is available from Falconwoods Estates 0208 318 6250