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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Generally a quiet area with good local amenities.

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Design of the buildings are average, they need to be modernised inside with improvements for upcoming technologies. Area is nice and local amenities are very good. The Dial Arch pub is a great evening out and the food and drink are great. Overall a nice area to live.

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Blinds dont keep the light out

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

The layout of the bedroom as the wardrobes are not deep enough.

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Modern design, great amenities, nice community

Modern design, great amenities, nice community

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Good location with great community and amenities. Close to Greenwich Park and local shops and markets. Modern design with nice views of the river. The local cafe, pub and restaurant all have great food and very friendly staff. There is also a tennis court at the development.

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How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes, in most cases. It is always possible to influence decisions and contribute.

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Good but bad management

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Like the design and area distance to central. It’s calm and quiet. Great local shops now available – could do with a good local coffee shop that isn’t over priced.

However the service charge is EXTORTIONATE – they are getting away with daylight robbery!

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Like the design and area distance to central. It’s calm and quiet. Great local shops now available – could do with a good local coffee shop that isn’t over priced.

However the service charge is EXTORTIONATE – they are getting away with daylight robbery!

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Service charge would rise by 30%!!

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Service charge! It’s far too high and they won’t listen

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Life in the Lighterman Building

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The area is very central for everything. There are many options when it comes to public transport which we have found to be reliable and cost/time effective. The area is vibrant and continues to develop as a community offering many opportunities for residents to come together. There are a variety of bars and restaurants and the 02 is a hub of activity bringing plenty of glamour to the area. This is a great place to live offering something for everyone. Our favourite activity is to go for a long walk or run along the waterfront in the sunshine…….. roll on the summer.

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There is no such thing as the perfect property or place. The Lighterman building has its’ flaws like everywhere else but when we all work together to look after what we have then we get the best results. It feels like management are now listening. There has been change and we are moving towards a more streamlined way of dealing with issues.
The Lighterman is a beautifully designed building that has the feel of a hotel as you enter into its reception area and in the two years plus since opening its doors, it still remains the same thanks to the staff who care for it. Communication between management and residents has improved however there is still room for growth. Our fees are high and for that we are entitled to ask for a service to match.

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To make sure that the window coverings I purchased were sun proof.

What is the best feature of your home:

Our very large private terrace is like a having another room to our flat.

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