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City Sketchers London: Let’s draw Greenwich


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Cease press!

Rail strikes at the moment are scheduled for the weekend of 18 March.

However we are going to meet and sketch in Greenwich as deliberate, as buses and
most London Underground strains ought to nonetheless be in operation, albeit
busy and with delays.

Journey replace

Ongoing upkeep works at Cutty Sark DLR Station are posing a
problem for guests. We propose you alight at Greenwich DLR as an alternative
— it is only a 9 minute stroll from our assembly level on the Nationwide
Maritime Museum (see beneath).

The Metropolis from Greenwich
Picture by Mike Whalley

[Mike Whalley writes]

This March we return to a favorite London location, Greenwich. 

There are lots of wonderful topics to sketch right here, together with historic and
fashionable structure, necessary buildings by Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher
Wren, and a panoramic view throughout the river to town. There are
alternatives to attract from each side of the River Thames, as a foot tunnel
runs beneath the river right here to
Island Gardens, the positioning of Canaletto’s well-known portray
‘A View of Greenwich from the River’.

Set in seventeenth century parkland, Greenwich
 separate from and completely different to London itself. Thanks to its strategic location on the River Thames, Greenwich
a centre of commerce and navigation from Tudor occasions to the nineteenth century,
and that i
n 2022 celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary because the 
Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Web site. The Nationwide Maritime Museum, the Queen’s Home, the Royal
Observatory and the Cutty Sark are managed by Royal Museums Greenwich. The
Previous Royal Naval School is a registered charity beneath its personal

The day is run by Mike Whalley and Olga Mackness.

Assembly level

We are going to collect close to the doorway to the
Nationwide Maritime Museum
SE10 9NF, within the open area beside the cannon, simply to the east of the Cutty
Sark (see location map beneath).

If the climate is moist, meet beneath the colonnade that runs between the
Maritime Museum and the Queens Home.

The Colonnade, our moist climate assembly place
Picture by
Mike Whalley

Choices for drawing

Royal Museums Greenwich embody the Nationwide Maritime
Museum, the Queen’s Home, the Royal Observatory, and the Cutty
Sark. Entry is free to the Nationwide Maritime Museum and the Queen’s
Home, however advance reserving is beneficial to ensure entry. There
is a cost for entry to the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark.
Go to the Royal Museums Greenwich web site to
e-book each paid-for and free tickets.


The Observatory
Sketch by Mike Whalley


If it rains (it’s March, so who is aware of!) there are many choices
to sketch and keep dry.
 If in your chosen venue you discover there are restrictions on
drawing media (for instance dry media solely) do be ready to respect
the foundations.

  • Previous Royal Naval School is open day by day from 10am until 5pm.
    The Chapel (free entry) is a spot of prayer and worship.
    The Painted Corridor, also referred to as Britain’s Sistine Chapel, reopened in 2019 after
    a two yr conservation programme and is now open for visits and
    excursions. There’s a payment to go to the Painted Corridor, and advance
    reserving is beneficial.
  • St Alfege Church – the historic Georgian baroque church of St Alfege, eleventh
    century Archbishop of Canterbury 
  • Greenwich Market – There was a Royal Constitution Market in Greenwich for a
    thousand years. The Arts & Crafts Market is open on weekends,
    with stalls promoting meals and humanities and crafts. 

Key occasions and assembly factors

11 AM

Meet close to the doorway to the Nationwide Maritime Museum, within the open
area beside the cannon, simply to the east of the Cutty Sark.

the climate is moist, meet beneath the colonnade that runs between the
Nationwide Maritime Museum and the Queens Home.

1 PM

Meet on the similar place for the sketchbook throwdown and group picture
earlier than lunch.

3.30 PM

Meet on the similar place for the afternoon throwdown and group picture.


For individuals who want to linger, we are going to meet on the
Gipsy Moth
for extra sketching and dialog.
Gloucester Circus, Greenwich
Sketch by Olga

Sensible info

Food and drinks and conveniences

There are many locations to get foods and drinks in Greenwich.
Greenwich Market opens day by day 10 am to five.30 pm, and presents a
number of meals stalls. The
Gipsy Moth
is a wonderful pub with a big outside seating space. There are
public bathrooms contained in the customer centre, by the Cutty Sark, in
the Nationwide Maritime Museum, and within the park (King William

Getting there

Public transport

Tube and DLR (Docklands Gentle Railway) — UPDATE: Though Cutty Sark Station on the DLR is closest to
our assembly level, entry is restricted in the intervening time due
to ongoing upkeep works. We propose you
alight as an alternative at Greenwich DLR Station, which is a 9 minute stroll away from our assembly level
on the Nationwide Maritime Museum.
The DLR connects with different Underground strains at Financial institution, Tower
Gateway and Stratford stations.

Nationwide Rail — Greenwich Station can also be close by. Trains
run direct to Greenwich Station 
from London Cannon Road and London Bridge. Greenwich Station platforms have step-free entry through ramp,
lifts or underpass. The ticket places of work and automotive parks at these
stations are additionally step free.

River boat

Uber Boat operates the Thames Clippers service at Greenwich Pier,
subsequent to the Cutty Sark. Boats depart from all main London piers
each 20 minutes. Journey time to Greenwich is 45 minutes from the
London Eye Pier, 25 minutes from London Bridge Pier, and 20
minutes from Tower Pier. 

Greenwich Pier has put in Europe’s first Ramp Rider, enormously
bettering entry for wheelchair customers getting on and off boats
at low tide. 
For extra details about disabled entry to Royal Museums
Greenwich, please 
electronic mail the bookings group.

Cycle routes

Situated on the Nationwide Cycle Community, Greenwich might be reached
by traffic-free routes that run by means of parks and alongside the
rivers Thames, Lea and Ravensbourne. 
Cycle racks are positioned within the Nationwide Maritime Museum automotive
park in Park Row, and you’ll entry the Royal Observatory through
cycle paths in Greenwich Parky. Free illustrated London cycle
guides can be found from 
Transport for London

All Royal Museums Greenwich websites have accessible bathrooms, and cafes and reward outlets are

Covid steering

City Sketchers London stays alert to nationwide steering about
COVID-19 and its variants. Though restrictions have been
lifted, it is smart to take all mandatory precautions to maintain
ourselves and fellow sketchers secure all through the occasion. The chance
of an infection for outside occasions is low, however primary steering nonetheless

  • Please don’t attend in case you really feel unwell
  • Put on a face protecting if you’re near others
  • Give individuals area
  • Observe good hand hygiene.

Location map

See you at Greenwich!


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