Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich (/ˈɡrɛnɪ/ (listen), /ˈɡrɪnɪ/, /ˈɡrɪnɪ/ or /ˈɡrɛnɪ/)[2][3] is a London borough in southeast Greater London. The London Borough of Greenwich was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963. The new borough covered the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich and part of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich to the east. The local council is Greenwich London Borough Council which meets in Woolwich Town Hall. The council's offices are also based in Woolwich, the main urban centre in the borough.

Royal Borough of Greenwich
We Govern by Serving
Greenwich shown within Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Created1 April 1965
Admin HQWoolwich
  TypeLondon borough council
  BodyGreenwich London Borough Council
  LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Labour)
  MayorCouncillor Denise Hyland
  London AssemblyLen Duvall (Labour) AM for Greenwich and Lewisham
  MPsAbena Oppong-Asare (Labour)
Clive Efford (Labour)
Matthew Pennycook (Labour)
  Total18.28 sq mi (47.35 km2)
Area rank266th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank47th (of 309)
  Density16,000/sq mi (6,100/km2)
52.3% White British
1.7% White Irish
0.2% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
8.3% Other White
1.6% White & Black Caribbean
1.1% White & Black African
0.9% White & Asian
1.3% Other Mixed
3.1% Indian
1% Pakistani
0.6% Bangladeshi
2% Chinese
5% Other Asian
13.8% Black African
3.2% Black Caribbean
2.1% Other Black
0.4% Arab
1.4% Other
Time zoneUTC (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Area code(s)020
ONS code00AL
GSS codeE09000011
PoliceMetropolitan Police

Greenwich is the location of the Greenwich prime meridian, on which all Coordinated Universal Time is based. The prime meridian running through Greenwich and the Greenwich Observatory is where the designation Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT began, and on which all world times are based. In 2012, Greenwich was listed as a top ten global destination by Frommer's – the only UK destination to be listed.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, Greenwich became a Royal Borough on 3 February 2012, due in part to its historic links with the Royal Family, and to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status as home of the Prime Meridian.[4][5][6]

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