An up-and-coming Royal Borough, popular with Londoners and tourists alike, Greenwich and Blackheath offer the best of both worlds – fresh air, great views and a wealth of outdoor space, culture and fun things to do, right on the doorstep of the City with Canary Wharf just a quick hop across the Thames. Families love the area for the quality and variety of housing, excellent schools and the vibrant village feel, which has a real buzz at weekends. Anyone moving in to the area can expect a warm welcome from locals, and to suddenly be very popular with family and friends looking for something fun to do of a weekend!
Properties range from rows of traditional terraced cottages to larger Georgian homes built to service the area’s long-established maritime and naval institutions. Popular modern developments capitalise on the stunning views and riverside location.
London’s newest Royal Borough is awash with good pubs and bars, though the social scene is more about meeting up with friends for a drink or bite to eat on lazy weekend afternoons than all-night parties. One popular local watering hole and meeting place is the iconic Greenwich Tavern. For a louder brand of nightlife you’re just a stone’s throw from one of the UK’s premier live entertainment venues, the O2 on Greenwich Peninsula.
The O2 Arena, formerly the Millennium Dome, is where the biggest acts in music – One Direction, U2, Paul McCartney and 50 Cent – strut their stuff, as well as the stars of TV and comedy, from Strictly Come Dancing Live to Mrs Brown’s Boys. If that isn’t enough to keep popular culture vultures happy, the area also plays host to the annual OnBlackheath festival in September. This year’s headliners include Madness, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers, Laura Mvula and Kelis.
Greenwich is defined by its parks and outdoor spaces. Chances are if you already live in London, or have visited as a tourist, you’ll have spent time here, either down by the river at the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum, or up in Greenwich Park visiting the Royal Observatory or just lapping up the breath-taking views over Canary Wharf and the City.
There’s no shortage of space to fly a kite or walk the dog, and no excuse for getting bored if it’s raining with all these great museums and galleries to choose from. The O2 also plays host to some top-level sporting action throughout the year, with basketball, boxing and the annual season-ending Barclays ATP Tour Final event, where the top eight players in world tennis slug it out on the indoor courts, highlights on the sporting calendar.
There’s a great mix of shopping and dining on offer, with the chains and high-street staples complemented by more boutique options and Greenwich Market, which sees visitors flock from miles around to browse the extensive range of wares every weekend.
Greenwich Market is a real treasure trove for lovers of antique jewellery, vintage clothes, old books, 20th-century ceramics and more.
For foodies there’s contemporary European dining at Inside restaurant, while for ice cream on summer days try the popular Black Vanilla Gelato parlours. Grab a cuppa with a view at the Pavilion Tea House near the Observatory, or tuck into some of London’s best fish and chips at The Pier restaurant.
In addition to a great range of primaries, top secondary's in both the state and independent sectors include Blackheath High School for Girls, Colfes School and the Thomas Tallis School.
Greenwich is well connected via Greenwich, Maze Hill or Blackheath stations. Connect to the DLR at Greenwich or Cutty Sark stations. You can even cross under the Thames via London’s only foot tunnel, which emerges near the Cutty Sark.
As you’d expect, the O2 and Greenwich peninsula is also well connected by just about every conceivable mode of transport, including River Buses and the Emirates Cable Car:
Greenwich – DLR and Overground services
Maze Hill – Overground services
Cutty Sark – DLR
Blackheath – Overground services
There is an extensive choice of bus routes linking directly into central London, the City and the south-eastern suburbs. Greenwich and Blackheath are also easily accessible by car, though parking in the town centres is limited, especially at weekends. Not all DLR services operate at weekends.
It's great for a family with excelent travel links
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