Greenwich

Greenwich town is part of the London Borough of Greenwich which lies along the south bank of the river, stretching from Greenwich eastwards to Thamesmead encompassing Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich and Plumstead. Greenwich is quite large and unofficially divided into East and West Greenwich.

If you like parks and outdoor attractions, then this is where Greenwich shines. Greenwich Park is one of the Royal parks like Hyde Park and Regents Park. It has lots of trees, rolling slopes, a playground, a kid’s row boat pond, the Royal Observatory, tennis courts, a deer reserve and a few other bits besides. It’s very beautiful, especially when the sun is shining. Blackheath Common is just around the corner (walk to the very top of the park and keep going), and in town there’s a large open paved area where the Cutty Sark is dry-docked by the river, and there are some lovely views over the pier and of the docklands.

Greenwich is on the edge of Zone 2 and has two stations: Greenwich and Cutty Sark. From Greenwich station you can catch a British Rail train to Charing Cross or Cannon Street. You can catch the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from both Greenwich and Cutty Sark stations which are a five minute walk apart. The DLR will take you round the Docklands to Bank or Stratford stations. This line is quite slow but very reliable. This cannot be said for the British Rail line which is frequently subject to heavy delays and frequent cancellations.

If you plan on commuting into London in the morning you’ll want to arrive as early as possible in case a train is cancelled or delayed. Plus, so many people commute from Greenwich that trains are often so jam packed that people cannot get on so giving yourself a lot of time is a good idea. There are loads of bus routes however which is usually a less stressful way to get into central London, though beware of traffic. The trains out of London stop at around midnight, so you’d need to get the N1 night bus after that which stops at New Oxford St, Aldwych Road and Waterloo Bridge among other places.

The University of Greenwich main campus is located in the distinctive buildings of the former Royal Naval College. The university has other campuses at Avery Hill in Eltham and at Medway. Near the Greenwich campus, the Trinity College of Music is housed in the buildings of the former Greenwich Hospital. Secondary schools in the area include John Roan School and St Ursula’s Convent School.

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:

Greenwich Average Rent Average Sale
1 Bed £1268.00 £325,000
2 Bed £1827.00 £485,000
3 Bed £2219.00 £573,000
4 Bed £2925.00 £965,000

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