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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Good flats poor management

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Review Date Aug 2020

Near park, public transportation and shopping.

Very noisy are, people shouting and playing loud music from cars and balconies.

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Not much to say about design, looks like every other new building.

Absolutely awful property management, takes months for simple fixes to be made (we where without heat for 3 months…), impossible to get in touch with the building management and just a general lack of communication..

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Which I knew all the issues we would have with the landlord and building management.

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The flats are well design and feel more spacious than they actually are.

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The Horizon

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Review Date Aug 2020

Good transport links

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The aesthetic of both the flat and the building are great, however it is not built well. For the past few months it has not been fire safe and the management are not being transparent about it. The flats are overpriced for what they are and are built with cheap materials that break and tear easily, as well as the white goods also being what seems to be the cheapest they could find. They also are very hot and almost unbearable in the summer months. The aesthetic and access to transport are good, and the staff whom work here are very friendly nonetheless.

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I wish I had looked around the local area more, not just the complex

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Our dishwasher has been broken for quite some time now, around 4 months, and is only being returned after repair now!

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Review Date Aug 2020

Cool and quiet area with access to Greenwich in 15 mins walk. With sufficient local shops, supermarket and restaurant for an easy daily life.

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Modern design, clean and tidy with a large gardening common area. Big living room space with open kitchen which I like a lot.
Equipped with a common area for events.
Nice and friendly building management with sufficient communication on things happening in the development.

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Nothing much to be honest. I enjoy everything so far.
Maybe if the management can give an example of bills break down that will be helpful

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Big living room with modern and clean design which you have enough space for storage and additional furnitures

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Modern development in an odd spot

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Review Date Jul 2020

There are shops close by but no bars/restaurants. The DLR line is very close which is nice.

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The design of the building interior is very nice and modern, although structure does not let phone signal in very readily and the lobby is a complete dark spot. The lounge room and study room are very nice and not something everywhere has. The parcel room is also very convenient

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The balcony doors are lockable and they should be locked if left open as it can be very windy causing them to slam

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The carpet fibres get everywhere, which means you need to own a vacuum!

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