Vibe, type of people that live there
Areas like Greenwich and Blackheath are popular with families and are affordable in comparison to other parts of London. These areas are safe and just that far enough away from the hustle and bustle of central London. Places close-by like Lewisham and St Johns are recommended as they are cheaper and only 10 minutes by train to London Bridge. Expect a lot of high rise buildings in Plumstead, Abbey Wood, and Woolwich however you can also find affordable new builds which are great value for money.
You have to catch the overground train to this area however if you are not a fan of the tube, travelling by overground may be slower but it’s less cramped and you are likely to get a seat! There is also the DLR linking south-east London to east London (including Canary Wharf and Stratford).
Why choose Greenwich?
Greenwich is a great place to visit. Don’t miss out on the Maritime Museum or Greenwich Park with its fantastic views of the city. The beautiful boutique shops in the village of Blackheath and Greenwich are gorgeous and not forgetting the infamous O2 for fantastic live concerts, nightclubs, eateries, cinema and more. There are some traditional old cosy pubs in central Greenwich overlooking the Thames, perfect for a Sunday sitting by the log fire sipping on a pint of ale! Greenwich has a lot of offer – if you choose not to live here, make sure you visit Greenwich at your leisure one weekend.
This royal borough is renowned for its amazing history, beautiful buildings and for being ’the place where time begins’
In Greenwich, you can stand on the Prime Meridian, which is the line that divides the earth into eastern and western hemispheres (AKA the vertical equator- you’ll be standing at 0 degrees longitude!) You can learn about the discovery of longitude and the famous Harrison clocks and how important they became to navigators. Take a walk atop the hill to the Royal Observatory not just for its museum, but for its stunning view of the town.
Visit the Maritime Museum and see Horatio Nelson’s tunics and letters- the collection includes one slightly illegible letter scrawled by Nelson’s left hand not long after he lost his right one in battle! Check out a live music show at the O2 arena, and have a meat pie at Goddard’s – a local pie shop that has been open since 1890. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their traditional pie served with liquor and jellied eels!
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