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Top 12 Greenwich Instagram hotspots

Whether striking architecture, unique sights or stunning views, Greenwich has plenty of Insta-worthy spots to explore.
Views of a sunset over Greenwich and Canary Wharf from Greenwich Park.
Instagrammable Greenwich. Photo: Ed Simmons. Image courtesy of Visit Greenwich.
Discover historical ships, straddle the Prime Meridian line, marvel at one of London’s most Instagrammable staircases and admire some of the best views in the city – Greenwich is perfect for filling your feed with FOMO-inducing photos.

Cutty Sark

Top deck

Step aboard Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper. Take the ship’s wheel, soak up incredible views across the Thames and be sure to look up to get a snap of the awe-inspiring mast. 

Under the hull

After checking out the top deck, clamber below to stand beneath the Cutty Sark’s magnificent gold-coloured hull. Capture the graceful lines that made her one of the fastest ships in the world, against striking modern steel supports.

Greenwich Park

The view from General Wolfe Statue

Climb to the General James Wolfe statue in leafy Greenwich Park and soak up the glorious views across London. Old meets new here, with historic Old Royal Naval College and Queen’s House set against modern skyscrapers. 

Queen's House

The Tulip Stairs

Capture the unique elegance of the Tulip Stairs at Queen’s House. This spellbinding spiral staircase was the first of its type in Britain and is housed within Inigo Jones’ 17th-century classical masterpiece.

The Great Hall

After climbing the Tulip Stairs, head to the balcony for sweeping views of the magnificent Great Hall. Once you've caught the perfect shot of the dramatic marble floor, head to the Queen's Presence Chamber to see the famous Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Prime Meridian line at Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand at the centre of world time at Royal Observatory Greenwich, the home of Greenwich Mean Time. Take the obligatory snap with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one foot in the western hemisphere, separated by the Prime Meridian line that marks zero degrees longitude.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

Gaze up at a replica of Admiral Lord Nelson’s battle-ready flagship, HMS Victory, preserved inside a huge glass bottle. Artist Yinka Shonibare’s piece, titled Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, was previously perched on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and uses colourful screen-printed fabric for the ship’s sails.

Old Royal Naval College

The facade

Frame the perfect picture between the twin domes of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich – these graceful architectural masterpieces form part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. Make sure to visit the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul to admire its pretty Wedgewood-inspired blue ceiling. Alternatively, capture the view from the river Thames aboard one of Thames Clippers' boats.

Painted Hall

Be amazed by the magnificent baroque interior of the Painted Hall, sometimes referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of the UK”. This 18th-century masterpiece is a celebration of England’s naval power and one of the most picture-worthy spots in London.

Street food at Greenwich Market

Give your friends guaranteed food envy at Greenwich Market, where vendors sell tasty fare from around the world, whether vegan street food or Vietnamese banh mi. Leave space for a sweet treat – the cannoli, churros and macarons shouldn’t be missed!

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Experience Greenwich on a subterranean level by exploring the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. Opened in 1902, the tunnel runs from Cutty Sark Gardens to the Isle of Dogs. The geometric lines of the white tiles, contrasted with the curve of the tunnel, make for some interesting photo opportunities. 

For more inspiration, find unusual things to do in Greenwich, stay in Greenwich’s coolest hotels or check out some of the area’s hidden gems.