Greenwich Labyrinth

Tired of ho-hum boat journeys where you just step off and reach your destination? Come to the fabulous Greenwich Labyrinth. A delightful warren of dead-ends and mysterious passages that will have all the family shrieking with excitement. Test your mental dexterity, analytical powers and patience to find that magic through-route to the town. Constructed with all-modern materials – hedges are so 1689 - the Greenwich Labyrinth is a charming melange of hoarding, wire fencing, tape and railings to continue the gritty ‘urban’ feel reflected in the decor found currently in the rest of the town. 

  • No two days the same 
  • Takes Hours!
  • Bring a picnic!

Annabel asks:

“Was just wondering whether there is any update on Greenwich Pier, it looks hideous and whilst the Sammy Offer wing seems to be hurtling along the Pier is still a wreck.  Any idea when it is due for completion, it looks a bit like it’s been abandoned.”

The Phantom replies:

You and me both, Annabel, it’s a disgrace. I’ve spent quite a lot of time looking for any news at all, but when the top Google result is a 2009 carp from Andrew Gilligan you know things aren’t going as fast as they might. The pier itself is yet another bit of Greenwich owned by Greenwich Hospital, but it’s let on a long-term lease to the PLA, not that I can find anything from them. Last news I heard was that there was going to be a Zizzi (nice to keep it independent, eh…) in the actual pier building – but since there doesn’t seem to be an actual pier building (the old Victorian waiting room is long gone, to St Kitts – anyone planning to visit? If you do, will you make a pilgrimage for me?) then I can’t see average Italian food being served there any time soon. 

Greenwich Council has granted itself permission to create a garden at Cutty Sark Gardens (about time n’all); I suppose that will begin this year, since the money is ring-fenced. In the meanwhile, I reckon we should be celebrating the mess, and advertising Greenwich Pier as an attraction.


6 Comments to “Greenwich Labyrinth”

  1. Steve says:

    Been wondering the same!

    Is there anything going on behind those mighty hoardings?

    Since those blue boards went up, several housing developments have been started and completed elsewhere in the borough. The Shard has grown over 72 floors!

    Yet, this one (or two?) storey building is yet to be born.

  2. Douglas says:

    At this rate, several north African and Middle Eastern regimes will also have fallen before the pier is finished.

  3. scared of chives says:

    TGP – a right old ‘out the wrong side of bed’ this morning – but completely agree. I feel a bit sorry for the tourists at the moment….

  4. [...] they arrive.Locals and visitors, however, have had to put up with a makeshift pier – behold, the Greenwich Labyrinth! – for yonks. Redevelopment work to add new pavilions and a modern ticket office foundered and [...]

  5. [...] and visitors, however, have had to put up with a makeshift pier – behold, the Greenwich Labyrinth! – for yonks. Redevelopment work to add new pavilions and a modern ticket office foundered and [...]

  6. Judith Sharp says:

    Worse and worse. Yesterday the hideous gold covered mess that appears to be the new pier was already housing a Frankie and Benny – it looks disgusting and is sending a clear message that Greenwich is just another stop on the americanised chain shop ugly rip off that is swallowing our country whole. Greenwich is a UNESCO world heritage site and should be one of the most beautiful places in London if not in the world. Not any more. How does this happen? How can we stop it?