Greenhithe is a town found in the Borough of Dartford in Kent, England, Greenhithe is positioned 4 miles east of Dartford and 5 miles west of Gravesend. The name of Greenhithe comes from The Old English’ Hythe’ suggesting ‘landing-place’, with ‘grene’ as ‘green’; hence, a ‘green landing place’. The Romans identified Greenhithe as Gretenrsce.
It has a history spreading back to Roman times, but reached its “hey-day” when it grew into a fashionable Victorian resort. The town was adequately far away enough from the city for Londoner’s to get there quickly via pleasure craft or railway. It is considered to have been perceived to be one of the prettiest towns on the river. It would come as no surprise to discover that Queen Victoria embarked the then Royal Yacht – Victoria and Albert, whilst it was moored just off Greenhithe in August of 1863.
Historically, Greenhithe’s waterfront on the estuary of the River Thames was utilised to construct wharves for the shipping of corn, wood and other materials. Its largest cargoes were of chalk and lime. This, in turn, led to the expansion of cement production at nearby Swanscombe.
Today Greenhithe hosts the ultimate shopping destination in the area, “Bluewater”, is one of the biggest centres in Europe. Inside you can discover 300 stores, including high-street favourites like House of Fraser, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer. Bluewater also hosts seasonal attractions including a Halloween horror encounter and a Christmas grotto and ice rink.