Greenwich Area Guide
Greenwich's World Heritage Site status is well earned. The town’s majestic buildings and maritime setting are often used as films set (think Les Misérables, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Crown) and when the crowds aren’t watching A-list actors, they’re mooching around the famous markets, exploring Greenwich Park or catching a concert at the O2 Arena.
The town occupies one of the most attractive parts of south east London facing the Isle of Dogs and sharing borders with Blackheath, Charlton and Deptford. The historic centre of Greenwich sits at the edge of Blackheath Common while Greenwich Peninsula juts out on a sharp bend of the River Thames close to the Blackwall Tunnel.
The BIG 3:
- Mainline train station at Greenwich, with other stations at nearby Westcombe Park and Maze Hill
- North Greenwich Tube Station (Jubilee Line) and the Emirates cable car at Greenwich Peninsula
- DLR station in Greenwich town centre
- Direct access to the A2 and close proximity to the Blackwall Tunnel
There is plenty of choice covering state and private schools, including two ‘free’ schools, academies, faith schools and even a Steiner primary. There’s a ‘find-a-school’ facility on every one of our online property listings, where you can filter schools by age, type and Ofsted rating.
Work your way down from Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory - where time starts and the views over London never end – before visiting the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark. The O2 Arena is an outstanding leisure hub and work has started on a new indoor-outdoor events centre, called Magazine London, opening in 2019. After late nights come lazy days, and Greenwich’s antiques, collectables and food markets are perfect weekend fodder. Don’t miss Up The Creek – Greenwich’s comedy/club/bar venue.
Food & Drink
Our Lewisham staff recommend:
- Street food stalls in Greenwich Market
- More than 30 places to drink and dine at the O2 Arena
- Trafalgar Tavern, a riverside gastro pub
- North Pole Bar & Piano Restaurant
- Rivington Grill, for a British menu
- Zaibatsu for Japanese cuisine
Period properties are the most coveted, with Maze Hill, Greenwich High Road, Ashburnham Place and King George Street lined with beautiful 19th and 20th century homes. Always in demand are properties with views of Greenwich Park or over the River Thames. Greenwich Peninsula is the place for brand new homes, with Greenwich Millennium Village leading the way. Loft/warehouse conversions, mews and cottages can also be found in Greenwich's pretty side roads.
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