You guys. I moved to Greenwich almost six months ago and I still fall in love with this part of the city every damn day. It’s the perfect spot for me. Close enough to the bustling centre of London but far enough away to breathe. I’ve put together a faultless day in Greenwich just in case you were thinking of taking a day trip.

9am

Start with breakfast at the Green Café. Waffles, avocado, full English, Greek breakfast. They serve it all. Whether you want it healthy/vegan/gluten free they offer everything under the sun and more. Every time I walk past, it is packed with bunches of people queuing outside. Rain or shine. The menu appears to change regularly and the specials look incredible. Sweetcorn fritters with bacon, avocado and halloumi anyone?

Faultless day in Greenwich: Green Cafe Eggs

11am

Stroll through the Royal Naval College and up to Greenwich Park. Take a minute to take in the pups yapping and avoid the groups of runners. (Which there are many.) Take a deep breath and walk to the observatory (up the B I G  H I L L.) Do not peek on your way up – wait till you reach the top to savour the incredible view. It never gets old.

Faultless day in Greenwich: Greenwich Park

1pm

Once you’ve wandered around the park and seen the deer. YES DEER, stroll back into the centre of Greenwich. Pop into Joy which is well, a Joy. Buy something Kitsch and lovely. Visit the National Maritime Museum. It’s free to wander around but if you’re splashing the cash go see the Emily Hamilton exhibition.

Faultless day in Greenwich: Greenwich Park

2.30pm

Tummy rumbles? Visit Greenwich Market. Start with the stalls selling hand-creams, candles speakers and wooden boxes. Then wander around A L L the food stalls. From steaming foot-long hot dogs to posh cheesy chips. Cuban sandwiches dripping with cheese or pungent Portuguese stews. You’ll find something to devour. If you have a sweet tooth the vegan cupcakes are incredible. Oh and there are churros.

Faultless day in Greenwich Market

3.30pm

Belly full and need to walk it off. Walk the Greenwich foot tunnel used by around 1.2 million people each year. The tunnel provides pedestrian links across the river to Island Gardens. Quick note you can’t take photographs in the tunnel! When you walk back down the tunnel to Cutty Sark take in the gorgeous views. Take a few photographs too.

Faultless day in Greenwich: The Thames

4.30pm

Visit Greenwich Theatre! They have a brilliant range of events throughout the year and tickets are very reasonable. They also regularly update their SM (especially twitter) so worth giving them a follow if you fancy catching an evening performance.

6.00pm (Give or take.)

Might as well finish with dinner? Yes there’s been a lot of food but there’s room for a smidge more. I’m suggesting Sticks and Sushi in Greenwich. The menu is mouth-watering, it’s delightfully presented and you can eat as much (or as little as you need.) Plus, it’s not crazy priced.

8.00pm

It’s almost time to go home but – not before some drinks. I’m suggesting Richard the First pub. It’s beautifully decorated with vintage photographs, brightly coloured furniture and it has an outdoor patio! It’s also situated close to Greenwich station so you can wobble back to the train/tube V easily. The bar offers real ales and the menu is gorgeous. Steaks, burgers, whale and chips. That kinda thing.

Faultless day in Greenwich: Margarita Cocktails

11.45pm

Collapse full and happy with tired feet.

So there’s my faultless day in Greenwich although there’s a lot more you could squish in. Have you visited Greenwich? What have I missed out?

Last October London became my home. Despite it being V E R Y new, I felt very settled. Jumping on and off tubes, sidling through new alleyways, exploring leafy parks. Then life got in the way. Moving in with someone means compromising. T and I both love weekend adventures but they were often packed in. Exchanged for nights cooking together, prior engagements or cleaning the bath. S U C K Y.  But, we decided to make some time in the calendar and explore Carnaby street. This is what we found.

Bibambap

Sunday’s never mean early starts. This gal needs beauty sleep. We left Greenwich and boarded the DLR to Tottenham Court Road at around midday ready for hot food. T had suggested a place called Bibambap a Korean restaurant nearby. We were quickly seated and hastily scoured the menu. The way to order at Bibambap is to decide on a main ingredient. (Chilli chicken for me and Tofu for T) Then add brown/white rice and an egg. We stuck to white rice/no egg and two portions of Kimchi. With two incredibly cold diet cokes to begin the food came quickly. The food was delicious – not greasy and well flavoured. Oh, and very hot. (We both quickly burnt our tongues.) With hot and miso sauce accompaniments we were very happy. Only wobble- only needed one portion of Kimchi.

Leaving Bibimbap T showed me where he volunteers for Samaritans and I finally got to view T’s well-loved Veggie Pret. I assumed it would be marketed like a regular Pret. Nope. T and I tried think of clever French translations to market this very popular pret. We failed spectacularly.

Bibambap @ Carnaby Street

Shopping

We trawled Carnaby street wandering in and out of stores we couldn’t afford. Doctor Martins in wild colours, I’ve always wanted a pair other than the hand-me-downs I inherited. Mine are asoft baby pink but I’ve got my eyes on an intense maroon pair. As we wandered I made a mental list of all the restaurants I want. No need to visit. The Rum Kitchen sits on high on that list. We hunted high and low around ChoccyWoccyDooDah but couldn’t decide on one thing to buy. I’m sure we’ll be back.

Carnaby Street Installation

Carnaby Street Lights

Nespresso

We wandered towards the hell that is Regent Street. The crowds were intense so we stooped into what we later learned is the Nespresso Flagship Store. It’s a world in itself. Tens of people milling around waiting patiently for their coffee coinessuer to help suggest flavours, blends and roasts. There’s a coffee bar with a queuing system and hundreds of different coffee pots. Metallic greens, pinks and oranges. It’s incredible – and terrifying in equal measures.

Simit Sarayi

Wanting to rest our feet we found a tiny Turkish café called Simit Sarayi. We ordered Turkish tea and the lightest Pistachio Cake. Filled with heavenly vanilla sponge, cream and crunchy nuts we demolished it. (and should have ordered a second.) The menu was filled with oozing feta pastries and crunchy chocolaty rolls. Pizza covered in gooey cheese and salted pretzels filled to the brim with hard cheese and slack with salted ham.

We finished our escapade with a visit to the Lego store. Finding it very (very) busy we took a photo of the swaying queue, linked arms and wandered back to Piccadilly Circus to take a tube back home. Perfect Sunday – full bellies and cheeks heavy with laughter.

Pistachio Cake @ Simit Sarayi

When was the last time you explored Carnaby Street? What did I miss?