Greenwich Heritage Centre
This well-endowed centre examines the history of the Royal Arsenal, once Britain's main weapons manufacturing centre, and Woolwich...
Handsome venue of the 2012 Games equestrian events, this park is one of London's loveliest expanses of green, with a rose garden,...
Peter Harrison Planetarium
The southern half of the Royal Observatory is devoted to astronomy and includes the 120-seat state-of-the-art Peter Harrison Planetarium...
Court Yard, Eltham · interesting places nearby
Eltham Palace information
The art deco house here was built between 1933 and 1937 by the well-to-do textile merchant Stephen Courtauld (of Courtauld Institute fame) and his wife Virginia; from the impressive entrance hall with its dome and huge circular carpet with geometric shapes, to the black-marble dining room with silver-foil ceiling and burlwood-veneer fireplace, it appears the couple had taste as well as money. They also, rather fashionably for the times, had a pet lemur, and the heated cage, complete with tropical murals and a bamboo ladder leading to the ground floor, for the spoilt (and vicious) ‘Mah-jongg’ is also on view. A royal palace was built on this site in 1305 and was for a time the boyhood home of Henry VIII, before the Tudors decamped to Greenwich. Little of the palace remains, apart from the restored Great Medieval Hall. Its hammer-beam roof is generally rated the third best in the country, behind those at Westminster Hall and Hampton Court Palace. The 8 hectares of gardens include rockery and moat with working bridge.