Friday, September 14, 2012

Urban Sketchers London SKETCHCRAWL in Greenwich tomorrow

Many of you will have seen Greenwich Park and some of the heritage and very historic buildings to be found in Royal Greenwich while watching the Olympics and Paralympics.

Tomorrow you can sketch them with Urban Sketchers London.  You are invited to join us in Greenwich for a day of sketching around and about.

This is a link to the Cutty Sark DLR Station where people will be meeting up.  Use the TfL Journey Planner to get to the station - and remember to make sure that the DLR option is enabled.

What to sketch in Greenwich

There are masses of places to sketch in Greenwich.  The problem is working out where to start and how much you can fit in on the day!

Below are details about some of the things you can see.  (Why not bookmark this post for tomorrow?)

  • Links in the address are to a map of where this is located. The aerial view on the Royal Museums website for Greenwich gives an excellent view of the location of the different museums and what Greenwich has to offer.
  • Links in the names of the places are to the website for that place

The Cutty Sark

  • Address: Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT - 
  • Opening hours: Monday–Sunday 10.00–17.00, last admission 16.00.  Note that entry to the ship is by time ticket only
  • Did you know that you can now go on board and go beneath the vessel? The rehabilitation of this very famous tea clipper has resulted in vastly improved viewing facilities
The Royal Observatory 

  • Address: Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ
  • Transport: road | tube & rail | cycle | busriver
  • open daily between 10.00–17.00, last admission 16.30 
  • This is at right at the top of the hill in Greenwich Park.  This is also.....
  • ... the home of the Prime Meridian aka the Greenwich Meridian
Greenwich Park
  • this was used for the equestrian events in the Olympics.  
  • There's a stunning view of London from the hill.   
  • You can download a detailed map of the Park
  • Public access to Greenwich Park this summer is the official statement about which parts of the Park will have been reopened by 15th September. 
    • From 14 September the areas of the park which will not be immediately accessible to the public include area in front and to the west of the Queen's Field and an area behind The Children's Playground, near Maze Hill Gate.
    • Public vehicles will be permitted in the park from 14 September with vehicle access to Blackheath Avenue and parking possible from this date.
The National Maritime Museum

  • Address: Park Row, Greenwich London SE10 9NF Located at the bottom of the hill and south of Romney Road.
  • Transport: road | tube & rail | cycle | busriver
  • open daily between 10.00–17.00, last admission 16.30 

  • This is a site map
  • Painted Hall - a good place to go if it's wet - but always worth seeing whatever the weather.
  • this provides the classic Canaletto view - but you have to go north of the river to see this! (Or to my blog post - A Canaletto View).  This is not impossible as you can use the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to walk under the Thames.  I've not done this for years but my recollection is that this is only for those who like steps.  To check the current status of the foot tunnel, you can call 020 8921 8334 during office hours or 020 8854 8888 after hours. However the website says this 
The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is now accessible on both sides by stairs and lift 24 hours a day. The stairs in the Greenwich tunnel may need to be closed on a short-term basis during parts of the works, but the lifts will remain open.
A Canaletto View (2nd June 2007)
(the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich from Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs)
8" x 10", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencil in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
The Queen's House is closed until 22 September.

Greenwich Market provides lots of opportunities for sketching for those who like markets - but can get a bit crowded

Views of the River Thames - from the walkway next to the Thames.
NOTE:  This is the Meetup page for this Sketchcrawl.  You can register if you intend to come on this Sketchcrawl

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