Welcome to Greenwich
Our area guide for Greenwich offers a brief overview of the area, its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
Covering the SE10 postcode, Greenwich town is located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It was awarded the Royal Charter by the Queen in 2012 as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The award came ahead of the Olympics, of which several events were held in Greenwich itself. As well as royal and maritime links, Greenwich is also the start of time itself, with Greenwich Mean Time - the global time standard - set at the Royal Observatory.
When it comes to shopping, residents rub shoulder to shoulder with tourists in the town's historic centre. At its heart is the market - London's only historic market to be set within a World Heritage site. The cluster of stalls and surrounding shops are mainly run by independent traders who offer one-of-a-kind and customised items. There is also a big antiques and collectables scene in Greenwich. Away from the market, there are a number of boutique-style shops and high street names in and around the Cutty Sark area.
Greenwich's World Heritage Site status is well earned, and it's a major stop on the tourist trail thanks to its plethora of close-set attractions. Must-see places include the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House and the Old Royal Naval College. Greenwich Park covers 73 hectares (183 acres) and is the oldest enclosed Royal Park - fly and kite, feed the squirrels or stand feet either side of the Prime Meridian of the world. The view from the top of the park by the Royal Observatory grants sweeping vistas across the Thames and beyond. Outside of the town centre itself, Greenwich is most famed for the O2 Arena on the peninsula - a world-famous music venue, cinema complex and leisure destination. While everyone from Michael McIntyre to Steve Coogan has performed at the O2, some of the UK's best comedy is reserved for Up The Creek - the comedy/club/bar venue in the town centre just before Creek Bridge.
Greenwich Food and Drink
Expect to add an extra inch or two on your waistline after a trip to Greenwich. Residents and visitors are spoilt for choice. Street food stalls can be found in the market, and the town centre is home to some excellent noodle bars too. The gastro pub scene is lead by the riverside Trafalgar Tavern and the North Pole. The Rivington Grill, Inside and 16" West are restaurants perfect for more formal dining, while cafés at the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark are well regarded. There are over 30 different places to eat and drink at the O2 Arena, as well as late night bars and nightclubs.
Greenwich's illustrious history and links to royalty date back to the 1420s. As well as many grand houses that were built next to the Thames, Henry VII built Greenwich Palace on the site that is now the Old Royal Naval College. It was Henry VIII that further embellished the palace so it became a seat of Royalty. Henry’s daughters, both future queens, Mary and Elizabeth, were born at Greenwich, and it became Elizabeth’s favourite out-of-town residence. Noble pre-occupation with Greenwich continued, and the Queen's House was commissioned by James I's wife. In the 1660s Charles II built his own palace in Greenwich, although he later abandoned the building. In 1694 Mary II and Henry VIII stepped in and founded the Royal Hospital for Seamen on the palace site, with architect Christopher Wren designing many of the new buildings. Away from Royalty, Greenwich is famed for its maritime history, with its position on the banks of the river Thames a major benefit. The Cutty Sark - probably the world's most famous tea clipper - stands gloriously in its dry dock after a massive refurbishment programme following a fire. The National Maritime Museum documents the town's seafaring glories, and it's worth a visit just to admire the giant anchors at its entrance.
Greenwich Property market
Period properties in Greenwich are almost always the most coveted. Maidstone Hill, Greenwich High Road, Ashburnham Place and King George Street are lined with some of the most beautiful 19th and 20th century homes. Likewise, any property with views across Greenwich Park or over the River Thames will command a high asking price. There is a strong new build contingency in Greenwich, especially on Creek Road and out at Greenwich Millennium Village on the peninsula. Loft/warehouse conversions, mews and cottages can also be found in Greenwich's pretty side roads. Expect the biggest and best preserved properties in SE10 to sell for in excess of £1 million.
Greenwich Council Tax
The council tax valuation details for the Royal Borough of Greenwich can be found here
- Halstow Primary School
- James Wolfe Primary School
- St Joseph's RC Primary School
- Millennium Primary School/li>
- St Alfege with St Peter's CofE Primary School
- Meridian Primary School
- Annandale Primary School
- Christ Church CofE Primary School
- Greenwich Steiner School (independent)
- Greenwich Free School
- Harris Academy Greenwich
- John Roan School
- St Ursula's Convent School
The nearest hospitals to Greenwich are the Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich and Lewisham Hospital in Lewisham.
Greenwich Transport Links
Greenwich is one of the few places in South East London that is on the Underground network. North Greenwich Tube Station (Jubilee Line) is located at the peninsula part of town and is easily accessible by bus. The peninsula is also home to the Emirates cable car over the Thames. Greenwich town centre itself has a DLR station and a mainline over-ground station, as well as excellent bus connections. The A2 runs to the edge of Greenwich and offers speedy access to the Blackwall Tunnel.
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