In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. Now as public interest is drawn here for the new millennium, the hotel provides the visitor with an ideal base to visit the famous National Heritage sites, just a short distance away across the green of Blackheath.
The Old Royal Observatory, in Greenwich Park, Wren's Royal Naval College (now Greenwich University and Trinity College of Music), Indigo Jones' Queen's House, the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark, lend some balance to the ultra modernism of the O2 arena, Millennium Dome, Canary Wharf and the Thames Barrier.
Beneath the area lie the remains of the Tudor Palace of Placentia, where Henry VIII was born and Elizabeth I sent Sir Walter Raleigh and the English Navy against the Spanish Armada.
Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, the West End of London and theatre land are only twenty minutes away should you wish to go further a field.
There is so much to see and do here it is often difficult to fit it all in. Both Blackheath Village and Greenwich town offer a wide choice of international restaurants and famous pubs, yet the Clarendon is considered a regular favourite by locals and visitors alike as a place to eat, drink and relax.