Moving to a new place is never easy; whether you are struggling to meet new people or even just unsure as to how to get around or what events and activities are going on, it often takes a while to get into the swing of things. In such a busy and thriving place as London this can certainly put a downer on the excitement that comes from starting executive MBA programs and courses in the city, so this guide has been created to give you the best possible start to Greenwich living.
From local advice for parents starting degree courses in the area to festivals and other great events to attend, this guide offers everything you need to really make the most of living in Greenwich.
Exercise and activities
Not only is exercise a great way of keeping your brain fresh for study, but it is also a great way to meet people in your local area. Greenwich has some fantastic clubs and activities that you can join where there is something to suit every level of fitness:
As a branch of the London Cycling Campaign, Greenwich Cyclists is a fun and useful club to join. They have plenty of cycle routes and their rides vary in length and difficulty. Their members include experienced cyclists, commuters, young families teaching their children to ride and those new to London and cycling, so it’s perfect for everyone – particularly if you want to get better acquainted with this popular mode of London transport!
If cycling is not your forte, then see the Greenwich Get Active website. With a great search bar feature that lets you narrow down results by activity type, location and time, it is great for students looking to get active in Greenwich.
The Greenwich Market is a must-visit if you are new to the area as it is somewhere you are sure to visit. From food stalls to arts and crafts, there is just so much to see and with it being open every day of the week from 10am until 5.30 pm, you will have plenty of chance between lectures. For more market magic see this guide to London’s many famous markets.
Being a parent is tough at the best of times, but even more so if you are just starting out on a part-time events management course in Greenwich, yet there are plenty of resources in the area to make the job that bit easier. Buggy Runners with Greenwich Pilates takes place at Greenwich Park and Southwark Park and offers parents a great way to stay fit without finding a babysitter! There are plenty of other activities to join in with if you’re not keen on running or if Buggy Runners doesn’t fit in with your timetable, so take a look to find an activity to suit your and your lifestyle.
Looking for more resources as a parent in Greenwich? Greenwich Mums is the ultimate website for you. It has everything you need to know about being a parent in Greenwich, from a loyalty card that offers discounts at various places around town to an interactive map of local baby-changing facilities.
Festivals and entertainment
Once you’ve got the practicalities out of the way, you may want to see about the fun side of Greenwich, which is huge! From festivals and events to great places to go out and spend an evening, you will never be short of things to do.
The Greenwich Picturehouse is renowned as the best place to go to watch a film in the area. Showing all the latest releases as well as numerous events to attend, it is a great community centre and a real perk of living and studying in the area.
If you’re in Greenwich in June it is pretty hard to escape the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Taking place every year, it is a fantastic event for local residents to attend. As London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts, it really puts Greenwich on the map and with over 150 performances from both national and international companies, and over 80,000 spectators, it doesn’t matter where in London you are, you had better head down to the GDIF during the summer.
Another great festival that calls Greenwich its home is the Greenwich Comedy Festival. Held at the National Maritime Museum each September, there is no better event to take your mind off of looming deadlines or homesickness. As London’s favourite comedy festival and featuring the likes of Josh Widdicombe and Nina Conti, it really does put the fun into funny.
While this may be the ultimate guide to Greenwich living, there is no way that we could have featured all of the great activities and aspects that make living in Greenwich so great. If you think we’ve missed something too important to leave out, be sure to share it on the GSM London Facebook page or Twitter account.
Image Credits: Greenwich Market, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Dave Flynn, Greenwich Comedy Festival
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