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Get nautical in Greenwich: The National Maritime Museum and other places to soak up our naval heritage

The National Maritime Museum's major exhibition 'Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude' opens on Friday, looking at the remarkable race to determine longitude at sea, and the rivalries and inventions of some of the 17th and 18th century’s greatest minds. To coincide with the exhibition, we’ve picked out a few other nautical-themed things to do in Greenwich - from eating and drinking to shopping

On Friday evening, head to The Greenwich Union, the first pub Meantime opened back in 2001. Friday is Stout & Oyster Night, serving the classic (and great value) food and beer pairing. The Union also has one of the largest selections of bottled craft beers in London, so you may well end up staying until last orders.

If you’re looking for maritime artwork to adorn your ship’s cabin (or living room), check out the pieces at The Maritime Gallery, at the market on Thursdays. Selling antiquarian art with a focus on ships and the sea, there’s no better place to purchase a piece from one of their featured artists than in Greenwich, with its rich naval history.

Nauticalia on Nelson Road is the place to go if you’re looking for quality maritime memorabilia. The shop stocks a large range of nautical-inspired objects, such as reproduction brass signs, ship models, ship bells, whistles and a nautical clothing collection. A sea-lover’s treasure trove.

Paul Farmer

Take a stroll along the Thames for a pre-exhibition pint at one of Greenwich’s riverside pubs. Named after the battle at which Admiral Horatio Nelson was fatally wounded, The Trafalgar’s huge bay windows overlook the river which breaks against the outside of the pub. Grab a drink, sit outside by the statue of Nelson and admire the views over the O2 down river and the Old Royal Naval College in the other direction – the perfect way to spend a warm afternoon. The Trafalgar also serves a Thames delicacy: battered whitebait.

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude opens on Friday 11th July, running until 4th January 2015, from 10am – 5pm daily (open until 8pm on Thursdays). £8.50 combined adult ticket includes entry to both Ships, Clocks & Stars and Longitude Punk’d exhibitions from 11th July. Join the Twitter conversation at #ShipsClocksStars and #WhereOnEarth

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