Greenwich Hill review (Jun 2015)
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You might want to give Tenzing Norgay a quick ring before you climb up Greenwich Hill, in case you need a Sherpa to carry you the final fifty yards. It doesn't look like very high when you're standing at the bottom looking up at the Royal Observatory, but trust me, this is a proper hill. Think about it: it's got an observatory at the top -- and they don't put telescopes on top of a molehill, do they? They put them at the top of a mountain. By the time you walk to the top you'll be two days older and you'll need another shave.
Or maybe I'm just very unfit. I saw little kids running up and down it and old women laughing and joking like they were having a stroll down the shops... and there was me secretly wishing they built a cable car up to the summit.
There are three hills worth climbing in London: Parliament Hill, Primrose Hill and Greenwich Hill; and this one has got by far the best view. You are right at the bottom of the Isle of Dogs and can see the river bending right round to The City. From left to right you've got The Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Walkie Scorchie and Gherkin, and then on to the skyscrapers at Canary Wharf. Then you can look down the slope towards the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College, before heading east towards the Millennium Dome and the cable car. (You will have to move along the brow of the hill to see the whole collection.)
I always like to pick out a few hard landmarks to give you a test... so see if you can spot the BT Tower and Tower Bridge. If you manage to spot Tower Bridge without looking at the plaque then very well done -- because it's nowhere near the place you think it will be. (I was looking to the right of the Gherkin.) The hardest one of all is the London Eye. You might have to use the observatory telescope to see that one.
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