Famed for being the birthplace of time and the place where East meets West –  over 18 million tourists flock to this world Heritage site every year to take in some of London’s greatest architectural and cultural highlights. It might be peaceful for London – but don’t let that fool you in to thinking there’s nothing going on! House prices in this borough have risen by 35% over the last two years – and for good reason. Here’s everything you need to know about Greenwich!

It might be just five miles away from central London but it really doesn’t feel like it. There’s a distinctly laid-back and happy vibe here. It’s not quiet though. There’s a definite buzz about the town center and the market. But the winding streets, the peaceful park and the waterside pubs all make it feel like you have very much escaped the bustle of the city.

Known of course for its maritime history, Greenwich is indisputably linked to the river. Home to the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College – Greenwich is one of only four London borough’s to have attained Royal status.

And it’s beautiful too! Gracious Georgian architecture is prominent – and it’s leafy, calm and community minded. The town center however has more of a cosmopolitan feel to it. The market bustles all year round – with chic bars, independent shops, boutiques and restaurants peppering the antique frontages. Don’t forget to take in the stunning Thames views!

Travel wise – there are fantastic transport links which have made the area increasingly popular with professionals. Sounds better and better doesn’t it?! Now if you agree, and you’re you’re thinking of buying here – then get in quick. Did you know… Greenwich recieved a 20 million pound council investment at the time of the London Olympics? This epic investment resulted in home owners enjoying a legacy of rising property prices. Well we’re telling you now.. this legacy has lived on. House prices in this charming borough are showing no signs of slowing.

What’s on there?

Greenwich might be calmer than other parts of London – but don’t be fooled in to thinking there’s nothing to do. For starters.. there’s all the fun of Greenwich Market! It’s busy, there’s amazing street food, quirky stands, permanent shops, antique jewellery, books, arts and crafts, homeware and much more. Then of course there’s the Cutty Sark. Climb aboard this beautiful 19th-century ship for a history lesson you definitely wont forget! Other not to be missed local attractions? Try Greenwich park, the 02, Greenwich Theatre, the Queen’s House, the National Maritime Museum – and of course… the Royal Observatory. Oh and if you want to arrive in style – why not indulge in a boat trip down the Thames?

Hungry?

The Greenwich restaurant scene brings together the charm of traditional eateries with top standard London fine dining. The picturesque riverside area gives you that village feel without ever having to leave the city. Here are our top recommendations..

Champagne and Fromage (for the authentic French menu, the artisan cheese and the incedible Champagne selection), Craft London (for the impeccably sourced British ingredients, the wood-smoked pizza’s and the fantastic cocktail bar), Goddards at Greenwich (for London’s most traditional meal – Pie, mash and liquer), The Hill (for the friendly ambience and the Mediterranean menu with a Latin American twist) and Queen Du Vietnam (for a taste of Hanoi in Grenwich – and some fruity Asian cocktails!)

Thirsty?

Greenwich is great for pubs and bars. The riverside offers pubs that date back centuries (think open fires and creaky floorboards) – whilst inland you’ll find craft ales and wine bars in abundance. Here are the best places to go for a drink in the area!

The Cutty Sark Tavern (for the river views, the premium British produce, the roaring fire and the 3 floors of Georgian magic), The Pelton Arms (for the legendary live bands, the board games, the real ale and the beer garden) The Ashburnam Arms (for the tucked away feel, the hearty home-cooked food and the charmimg conservatory) and The Greenwich Union (for the eclectic, globally inspired dishes, the huge selection of small-batch brews

How much does it cost?

A 1 bedroomed flat in Greenwich will cost you on average £383,000 to buy or £1,445 a month to rent. A 4 bedroomed property will cost you on average £1.15 m to buy, or £2,807 a month to rent.

Buildings

Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian terraces, early Victorian villas, Victorian cottages, new developmentsand modernist midcentury homes.

Postcodes

SE10 is the Greenwich postcode.

Travel

Greenwich has fantastic train connections. London Bridge and Cannon Street are just 15 minutes away and Canary Wharf is just 2 minutes away by tube. You also of course have boat options. Cutty Sark and North Greenwich both have river bus stops that provide services to Canary Wharf, Blackfriars and London Bridge. There’s a cycle lane on the Thames path and regular night buses.

 

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