Welcome to Blackheath
Our area guide for Blackheath offers a brief overview of the area, its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
Covering the SE3 postcode, Blackheath is located jointly in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (minority) and the London Borough if Lewisham (majority). As its name suggests, Blackheath's redeeming feature is its 55 hectares of protected commons. Bordering Shooters Hill, Charlton, Greenwich, Lewisham and Deptford, the town enjoys an elevated position with stunning views across London's skyline. At the heart of Blackheath is the village - with its numerous shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques.
The town is one of the few London areas that hasn't succumbed to the cloned high street look, maintaining its preference for independent boutiques and family-run businesses. Most of the shops are concentrated around Blackheath's one-way system, on Montpelier Row, Old Dover Street and Tranquil Vale. Firm favourites include Bailey, Oska, India Jane, and Sisters and Daughters. Blackheath Standard, to the north east of the neighbourhood, also has a modest collection of retail facilities.
Blackheath common is an attraction in its own right and a World Heritage Site. The wide expanses are the setting for everything from kite flying, firework displays and fairgrounds to hot air balloons, circuses and the start of the London Marathon. Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and the Arts, and Blackheath Halls - a concert venue owned and managed by Trinity College of Music - are two of the town's cultural hotspots. Art lovers should head for the Ranger's House, a red brick Palladian-style Georgian villa that houses the Wernher Collection of art.
Blackheath Food and Drink
Blackheath Village is a mecca for lovers of fine food and drink. The summer months are particularly vibrant, with people spilling out across the pavements and onto the heath. Must-book restaurants include the Italian Locale, Michelin Bib Gourmand-listed Chapters, seafood and Portuguese specialist Villa Moura, the Cau Argentinean restaurant and numerous good curry houses. Refreshing tipples can be ordered at The Railway, The Hare & Billet, The Princess of Wales, The Crown, O'Neills, The Royal Standard and the trendy micro brewery Zero Bar. If you're a keen home cook, head to the regular Sunday Farmers' Market held in the train station car park.
The name Blackheath is recorded in 1166 as Blachehedfeld and means the 'dark coloured heathland', although popular myth suggests a more macabre reason for the name. Although untrue, it is often told that Blackheath pertains to the burial pits under the heath dug after the Black Death. In fact, such burial sites are common across London and there is no particular proliferation in Blackheath. The heath's statuesque All Saints' church is a local icon and dates back to 1857, with its bold design by architect Benjamin Ferry and attractive stained glass windows.
Blackheath Property market
SE3 is one of South East London's most coveted property markets, and property for sale in Blackheath doesn't hang around long. Expect to pay from £260,000 for a small one-bedroom flat up to and in excess of £2 million for the largest of period homes overlooking the heath itself. The fine Victorian and Georgian properties in Blackheath remain in favour with families, although some have been converted into flats, allowing for a more affordable slice of SE3 period living. The highest selling prices are attached to properties for sale in The Paragon - a Grade I listed crescent overlooking the heath, as well as to houses for sale in the Conservation Area known as the Cator Estate, especially on Blackheath Park, Morden Road and Pond Road. On the Blackheath/Shooters Hill border is the Grade II listed Royal Herbert Pavillions - a successful hospital conversion with bags of character and private access.
Blackheath Council Tax
Most of Blackheath falls within the London Borough of Lewisham and the latest council tax charges can be found here:-
and Some of Blackheath falls under Greenwich council (check with Robinson Jackson), and you can find Greenwich council tax charges here
The mix of private and state education in Blackheath has always attracted families. Noteworthy schools include:
- John Ball Primary School
- Heath House Preparatory School
- The Pointer Preparatory School
- All Saints' CoE Primary School
- St Margaret's Lee CoE Primary School
- Brooklands Primary School
- Blackheath High School (private)
- Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School
- St Mathew Academy
- Hopewell School
- Trinity Church of England School, Lewisham
- The Joan Roan School
The nearest hospitals to Blackheath are the Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich and Lewisham Hospital in Lewisham. The Blackheath Hospital is also a well-respected private hospital.
Blackheath Transport Links
Blackheath Village is home to the neighbourhood's overground train station, which is on the line to London Bridge, Charring Cross and Victoria, and to Woolwich Arsenal (for the DLR and the future Crossrail station), Dartford and Gillingham. The A2 runs right through the middle of the heath, for access into Central London, and in the opposite direction into Kent towards Canterbury.
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