Blackheath is one of London’s true villages – it has an old school charm which house hunters fall in love with and often come life-long residents. In the heart of south east London, Blackheath’s focal point is the magnificent and historic heath, there are village shops, including a florist, bakers, butchers shops, the Blackheath Gallery and even a greengrocers, as well as a micro-brewery, a Sunday farmers’ market and the cultural complex of Blackheath Halls.
Living in Blackheath
Just across the river from Canary Wharf, Blackheath attracts a lot of City workers looking for a village which is just half an hour from the office. Straddling two postcodes SE3 and SE10, there is a huge variety of property attracting people from all walks of life from young professionals, to key workers and families.
Top five Blackheath features
- The Heath. As a World Heritage Site, this is the pride of Blackheath and plays a huge part in villagers’ everyday life for walking, playing sports and kite surfing as well as hosting major events including an annual fireworks night and it marks the start of the London Marathon
- Great shopping on Montpellier Vale and Old Dover Street with a great mix of top end high street chains with local independents, including a toy shop and one of London’s oldest bookshops
- Transport. For such a tranquil, out of London feeling, it’s easy to forget you can be in the centre of London’s hustle and bustle in just over 20 minutes
- Sunday Farmers’ Market. It’s been established for many years and its said that most people even know the farmers by name
- Chapters restaurant. The most acclaimed restaurant in the area which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand and two AA rosettes
The best of Blackheath
- Tourist attractions. You’re spoilt for choice here with the Blackheath Conservatory, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory (home of Greenwich Mean Time), both in nearby Greenwich
- Weekend Arts & Crafts Market only a few minutes stroll away in Greenwich has a great selection of art, crafts, clothing and antiques for sale
- Farmers Market. A highlight in Blackheath where farmers return week after week to sell their top quality produce
- The Duckpond on the Heath. Spend time with the kids feeding the ducks followed by a glass of wine in the Prince of Wales which overlooks the pond
- The 02 Arena is just ten minutes away in North Greenwich and has concerts throughout the year, including big names such as Take That, Tina Turner and Beyoncé
- Traditional English pubs. There’s a great selection of cosy Victorian pubs offering cask ales as well as some award winning gastro pubs
- Boutiques. Bullfrogs is great for fashion, Sisters & Daughters (fashion and home accessories) and India Jane (selling home furniture and accessories)
- Independent delis offering organic homemade foods, including the Village Deli perfectly positioned to pick up a morning coffee on the way to the station
- High street fashion shops include Whistles, Phase Eight and Fat Face
- A microbrewery. Visit a real working a brewery and enjoy a freshly brewed pint in the Zero Degrees bar on Montpelier Vale
- The Heath is the focal point of Blackheath and it marked by its absence of trees, just a huge open green space for all to enjoy. It used to be wilder, like Hampstead Health, but this was smoothed out with rubble landfill from the blitzed East End. Open all year round, it is great for walking, kite flying and there are regular events here.
- Greenwich Royal Park borders Blackheath to the north and is one of the oldest Royal Parks. There are nearly 600 years of trees and planting, the meridian, several observatories and stunning views.
Education in Blackheath
With a high percentage of families, as you would expect Blackheath offers some great local schools, including a Steiner School.
For primary education two schools close to the village centre with ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted reports are All Saints and John Ball.
At secondary level there’s Thomas Tallis on Kidbrooke Park Road, which featured in Jamie Oliver’s School Dinners C4 programme, and St Ursula’s, a girls only Catholic school.
If you’re looking for private education, the prep schools are The Pointer School and Heath House, and Blackheath High takes girls from two to 18.
Overland trains from Blackheath train station take 12 minutes to get to London Bridge and 20 minutes into Charing Cross. Other nearby stations include Greenwich, Kidbrooke and Westcombe Park.
DLR services operate from Greenwich.
From Greenwich Pier, there is the Clipper River Taxi service – offering a tranquil commute to the office.
There are Underground services from North Greenwich tube station which is on the Jubilee Line. This is just one stop from Canary Wharf and tubes to Bond Street take 17 minutes.
You get value for money and with all the regeneration happening around, the potential for growth is huge. Here’s a snapshot of average sale and rental prices:
|Blackheath||Average Rent||Average Sale|
|1 Bed||£1100.00||£288 000|
|2 Bed||£1600.00||£443 000|
|3 Bed||£2100.00||£548 000|
|4 Bed||£2200.00||£941 000|
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