I may have described Greenwich as the countryside in the past and I stick by that. It’s very nice, pretty expensive and unsurprisingly has lots of families about the place. Nearby Blackheath has a village-y feel and by saying that, I mean it looks like an actual village. There is a big green, lined with huge houses and a church. Forget “Peckham Village” – Blackheath looks like what you’d get if you asked a class of 10-year-olds to draw a village. It’s almost a comical contrast when you’re on the 53 coming out of Deptford. Greenwich is also very historic-y and has easy access for getting out of London. You might infer from that that getting into London is trickier and you’d be right…but that’s the price of living in the countryside.
So, what is there to do there?
Greenwich Park is vast and lovely and has nice views over London. There’s the National Maritime Museum, with a nice kids’ section and a Picturehouse cinema. There’s the Cutty Sark as well, though I haven’t been there and the cable car over to the Excel Centre.
What do the locals say?
(About Blackheath) “I love the Park. Good Schools. The small village feel. Independent shops on the high street. Decent transport links. Doesn’t feel too Londoney”
Overland (various) into London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
Jubilee Line (North Greenwich)
Night buses N1, 53, N89