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.

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Top Rated Developments in Greenwich

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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.

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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

Balcony overlooking Greenwich

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. 

Reviews in Greenwich

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The managment company has ruined this otherwise great building. Steer clear!

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Review Date Oct 2020

While Greenwich is a lovely place with fantastic heritage, this building is really in Deptford which is very run-down and full of shady characters. The nearby campus, full of students surely doesn’t mind, but quite often people spill over from Deptford.

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– Beautiful views as long as you’re north facing and above the 6th floor.
– Front of house is super friendly and nice.
– External facade falling apart
– Super noisy all the time – steps from upper neighbours clearly audible, traffic from the road (especially buses opassing over bridge) is loud
– If someone is listening to music on a sound system the base reverbarates across several floors

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– Super noisy all the time – steps from upper neighbours clearly audible, traffic from the road (especially buses opassing over bridge) is loud

What is the best feature of your home:

The best feature must be the internal design and the views (as long as you’re facing north)!

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Nice flat, awful sales team.

Review Date Oct 2020

The area is great, plenty of shops and good transport links. There’s been a few recent reports by the neighbours of a car and a flat being broken into, but I’ve not had any issues myself.

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My flat is fine, it’s exactly as you’d expect a new build to be which is good as there’s not major surprises. The neighbours are all lovely and there’s a good community feel. A few minor issues with my flat which I am hoping will be resolved quickly, but otherwise no complaints.

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How much ventilation was needed in the flat in order to prevent damp damage in the bathroom, the kitchen, and the washroom. The cooker hood is really noisy, and really you have to have it on really the whole time you’re cooking anything on the hob.
I also wish I knew we had to buy special induction pans before moving in.

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I really like that all appliances work well and the kitchen is easy to clean, which is fantastic. The welcome team who greeted me on my first day were great and really helpful too.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, we’re glad to see you’re enjoying the location of your new home. We are sorry to hear about the issues you have experienced and appreciate your suggestions for improvement.

Bright, spacious, best of both worlds location

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Verified Resident
Review Date Oct 2020

The location is brilliant, we have the best of both worlds as we are a 3 minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Greenwich village while are area is nice and quiet. There is a selection of pubs, shops, parks and transport within walking distance. The only negative is that those that spill out from the closest pub late at night can forget there are people living around them, however the security for the development are usually on hand to move them on. Overall the positives massively out weight that negative.

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The apartment building is always clean, the apartment itself is laid out well, each room has adequate space. The high ceilings and window balcony ensure that the living space is nice and bright. Our balcony has views of the river Thames which is so special. The apartment tends to be quiet, we don’t hear much noise from our neighbours. The security that patrol the complex are incredibly friendly as are the concierge team. When ever we’ve needed a repair carried out the property management team have been quick to action.

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The boiler makes a lot of noise! And there is always a lot of dust and fluff which comes from the ventilation system, it’s annoying and if we had known about it I think we would have asked more questions to understand it and what we can do to manage it, as once we moved in the realtor just ignored us.

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While we don’t have a car, we’ve considered it and the cost to rent a parking space isn’t worth it. So if there was a space per flat that would be helpful. Also the broadband/TV set up isn’t great. In order to get BT a wire would need to run from the front door effectively through the hall and around the living room to reach the tv. So we’ve stuck with the basic package and trying to get any better package would mean drilling through walls, so it seems that wasn’t considered when they built the complex.

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Great location, great flat

Review Date Oct 2020

Greenwich is a lovely area with loads of history and culture. The park is close by which is great for a stroll. There are plenty of bars and restaurants along with a fantastic food market. Greenwich isn’t known for it’s shopping so be prepared to travel for food (apart from Waitrose) and larger stores.
As it is a popular tourist area and also home to a university, Greenwich does get busy especially when the sun comes out.
Transport links are pretty good with regular trains to London Bridge and the DLR runs to Canary Wharf and Bank. These are all within a short walk of Union Wharf.
The area is terrible for parking and driving so avoid bringing a car.

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I’ve lived in Union Wharf for just over a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent here. The flat I live in is spacious, modern and comfortable. There are an array of fantastic amenities such as a gym, roof terrace, pool table and indoor communal space. The residents team are absolutely fantastic. Very friendly and helpful. Queries and issues are resolved really quickly so you are never inconvenienced for an extended period of time. The location is great with easy access to transport links, historical Greenwich and an array of bars and restaurants.
There are a few issues that cannot be ignored, many symptomatic of a new building. In the start there were issues with the hot water not working but thankfully that hasn’t happened for a while. There has been scaffolding around both buildings since winter when the high winds damaged some of the brickwork. There was also a building wide power issue that affected flats for a few days and damaged many appliances.
Lastly as I sit here writing this review listening to the dulcet tones of the cement works, it would be wrong not to mention the noise. The other side of Deptford creek is a cement works that operates 24 hours a day. It is extremely loud especially at night. If you live in a flat facing the creek, keep the windows closed.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I knew there was a cement works across the road.

What is the best feature of your home:

Not the specific flat (which is very nice) but having the residents team is a absolute godsend.

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