Charlton Athletic, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, London, tourism
‘There was no risk of a mistress engaged in some high-spirited Gloucestershire cheese-rolling having to knock on the door and ask a reigning Queen for her cheese back’

What to see
You’ll find accounts of local tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from London’s tourist attractions are well covered in Visit London, Lonely Planet and Time Out. Links to places near Charlton are:
Cutty Sark
Fan Museum
National Maritime Museum
Old Royal Naval College
Queen’s House
Royal Observatory

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Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“Exhaustive research has failed to determine whether former poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who lived in Greenwich, walked east to Charlton Athletic or west to Millwall to enjoy top-class professional football.”
“Henry VIII had used [Greenwich Castle] as a hunting lodge. According to Wikipedia he also found it convenient “to house his mistresses” there, as though in a harem. Convenient, perhaps, but hardly discreet: Henry VIII housed his wives in Greenwich Palace, at the foot of the hill.”
“What about the meridian, you ask? What about it? Who talks about the western and eastern hemispheres? Who puts on a quaint ritual involving Neptune and ducking to mark a first crossing of the meridian? Nobody. It’s there if you want to look at it or take a selfie standing astride it, but you’ll probably get more out of the burlesque feathers in the Fan Museum.”
These are taken from the 2019-updated Charlton chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To buy a copy, email

‘Even the café is educational, in a central courtyard beneath a perspex roof, with a map of the world occupying most of the floor area’