Greenwich

A Guide to Living in Greenwich

It may be just a few miles from Central London; but emerald-hued Greenwich can feel a world away from the buzz of the capital. This south-east slice sits close to the River Thames looking out towards Canary Wharf, and is blanketed in green. A World Heritage Site, this place packs in architectural wonders and historic sites at every turn. Read on to discover the developments rated as some of the best places to live in Greenwich.

World-famous sights 

It’s best-known as the home of Greenwich Mean Time (or GMT), and the Prime Meridian Line of the earth. Millions flock to see where east meets west every year at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park; the oldest and most loved of the Royal Parks. This 74-hectare expanse offers some of the best views in the capital from its hilltop peak. Along with ample picnic space and nature trails, it’s got a spectacular art collection, a beautiful boating lake and a planetarium.

Greenwich’s nautical connections

As one of the London Dockland’s boroughs, Greenwich has a rich maritime history, best depicted in the regal-looking National Maritime Museum. The Cutty Sark, one of the borough’s most visited attractions, is the world’s last remaining clipper ship. Built back in 1869 and used to transport tea across the waters from Asia to England; it’s now used for tours and you can take afternoon tea under the hull.

Greenwich Market

Modern day Greenwich life plays out wonderfully at Greenwich Market, where smiley vendors tout vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and sizzling street food. Speaking of food, the area has a top dining scene, with an especially generous helping of sleek brasseries and gastropubs. Head to the riverside for the best vistas.

Travel to and from

Transport is one of the area’s big selling points, and options are vast whether you’re on wheels or water. North Greenwich tube is on the Jubilee line, while Cutty Sark and Greenwich stations have DLR connections to the City and Docklands. You can also catch river buses from Cutty Sark and North Greenwich to London Bridge and Canary Wharf.

The Greenwich population 

Victorian terraced houses and reputable schooling have been attracting families here for years. Recently, there’s been a wave of young professionals, putting down roots for convenient London links and waterfront apartments. And that mix of occupants and something-for-all mantra is all part of the area’s charm.

 

My fiance grew up in Greenwich so we have family nearby and we can both easily commute to work on the jubilee line which makes our commute easy. By the time we move in we are planning to start a family and the excellent ratings for the nursery and schools were also a big factor in us buying here.” – Flora, viewer at Greenwich Millennium Village

Buying and renting in Greenwich

The residential scene is growing steadily. Greenwich Peninsula, a 150-acre purpose-built neighbourhood by Knight Dragon will (when complete) introduce 15,000 new-build homes to SE10, spread across seven quarters. Also arriving is riverfront restaurants and bars, a new Design District, a 5km running track, and a yacht club; not to mention several pockets of green space. The homes here range from sleek studios to waterfront townhouses, so there’s a floorplan to suit all budgets and backgrounds. No wonder this development is rated as one of the best places to rent and live in Greenwich.

 

“When you live in Greenwich next to the river and the Greenwich Ecology Park it doesn’t feel like full on city living and instead I have the best of both worlds. My commute is easy which was important to me as I can walk and avoid the joys of rush hour! Buses are on my doorstep and the convenience to the Jubilee line, and the ability to get anywhere in London quickly.” – Jack, verified resident at Greenwich Peninsula

 

Nearby there’s Greenwich Millennium Village, a joint venture from Countryside and Taylor Wimpey Central London. This residential community has a village square at its heart and a gorgeous riverfront setting; not to mention a nursery, school, health centre and a range of shops and restaurants.

 

Many developments we looked at felt like they were just a faceless high rise and we wanted to make friends and meet like minded people. Greenwich Millennium Village has been perfect for us, with so many facilities on site and the open park areas you don’t feel that you are living in a city. We have also made lots of friends through the nursery and primary school.” – Margot, resident at Greenwich Millennium Village

 

You can read reviews from residents who rent in some of the best places to live in Greenwich at the bottom of this page. Are you a resident of a development here? Click here to leave your review. 
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Brilliant!

Verified Resident

Likes:
Park is amazing feature; park environment aesthetic
New pitches are gear tho kids
Greenwich park close by
Gym and pool

Dislikes:
Close to the main road
Loud at night
New development sic building works

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What shines the brightest about this development is the inclusion of a spectacular local park that really elevates the aesthetics and environment of this living space. This green space is amazing for residents of all kinds! In addition, the new football pitches are a great aspect for kids with families and sports enthusiasts alike. For the park lovers who want variety in greenery, Greenwich Park is within close proximity to the development which is an incredible luxury! Finally, the gym and pool close by are great facilities for residents to use.

The only things I dislike about the living space is the fact that’s it’s situated very closely to the main road which results in relatively high noise levels. The new building developments ongoing also contribute to this problem.

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I wish I had known that the utilities would be very high.

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We agree Nicholas – the vast green space and wildlife at Kidbrooke Village is our favourite part of the development. And how great is the new play space in Cator Park?

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Best little village in a big city.

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It’s a hub. You can get a anywhere with so many forms of transport. I can get the boat or the train to work in the mornings.

Unfortunately there is a more prevalent presence of drug use these days. It’s such an idyllic setting and has a village feel to it but it gets ruined by this.

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Really nice. We had a look at a lot of the apartments and they were all done to a really good standard. It felt like a boutique hotel. We own our property so maintenance is our responsibility but they’re very new so the requirement is limited. The CrossRail development has caused some cracks in the plaster but other than that it’s fine. The estate is really well thought out and “Teletubby Land” adds a lovely feel to the place.
The water features are a great addition too, a nice space to walk through.

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I wish I had known about the prison. We’ve never had an issue but the proximity was initially a concern for me. The main road also has a lot of noise pollution from police sirens.

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Hi Anita – we love hearing that residents enjoy the homes at Royal Arsenal Riverside, so thanks very much for writing a review.

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Lovely home

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I like the design and that it’s quiet and the proximity to the station .
I have no dislikes

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I have reasonable space, it is good value for what it provides.
My favourite feature has to be the unique design.
I feel safe in my flat and In the surrounding areas.
I have not had any issues with the building so far so I can not comment on the building management.

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I wish I knew that the cross rail would be finished late and that the walls are thin.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review – we enjoy the unique designs too!

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Excellent location to live at

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I have lived here for 2 years and the neighbourhood is really nice. Residents are friendly and there is a sense of community. All flats are new and well built with little to no heating required in the winter months and a nice temperature over the recent summer heatwaves. There is secure parking, a podium, community garden and community centre. The location is quiet with low noise levels. Elverson road DLR is less than 5 minutes away and it’s easy to get to Canary Wharf and Bank.

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