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Living in Greenwich

Where village life meets the city. Offering all the benefits of London living whilst being surrounded by wonderful green spaces, Greenwich often sits comfortably in lists of the best places to live in London. 


Why consider moving to Greenwich?

With a small village feel, riverside setting, historic landmarks and quirky independent shops, bars and restaurants, Greenwich has a wide appeal that attracts everyone from young professionals to retirees.

Greenwich is also a safe area with a low crime rate and a good selection of Ofsted ‘great’ and ‘outstanding’ rated schools meaning it’s popular with families too.

With quick connections into the City and plenty of attractions right on your doorstep, it’s easy to see why this green and leafy Royal Borough is so popular.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect Greenwich new-build or you’re looking to find a more established Greenwich house for sale, the property market here is thriving too.

Discover the history of Greenwich

Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it one of the most historic areas in London. Greenwich, which has had a settlement as far back as the bronze age, was listed in the Doomsday Book of 1068. In the 15th century it became the site of a Royal Palace that would later be the birthplace of Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. In modern history, Greenwich is synonymous with maritime history and for the meridian line that runs through Greenwich Observatory and gives its name to Greenwich Mean Time.

Greenwich has not only seen its fair share of famous royals over the years, it’s also attracted Hollywood's elite, with films like Thor, Les Miserables, Pirates of the Caribbean and James Bond all having scenes filmed in Greenwich. Many of these were filmed around the grounds of the famous Old Royal Navy College, which is also a must-see attraction with its magnificent Painted Hall (often dubbed the ‘UK’s Sistine Chapel’).

Greenwich is also famous for its vibrant market, which was first established as far back as the 14th century. Modern day Greenwich market still retains some of its original historical charm, with handcrafted jewellery, vintage clothing, unique artwork and food from all corners of the globe.

Cutty Sark

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Vintage Market


National Maritime Museum

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There’s the world famous ‘Cutty Sark’, a huge Victorian tea clipper and now hugely popular visitor attraction, which falls under The Royal Greenwich Museum’s umbrella that also includes The Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and Queens House. 


What's the lifestyle like?

Living in Greenwich, with its small market-town feel and large green spaces, can seem like you’re a million miles from the big city. But whilst Greenwich is only a short trip into central London there is more than enough on offer right here on your doorstep. Strolling through Greenwich is an attraction in itself with its historic charm and cosmopolitan atmosphere. A walk along Greenwich's historic cobbled streets will lead you to artisanal retailers including a florist, boutique jewellers and seasonal independent food shop. And at Greenwich shopping centre you’ll find bigger brands are available. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s likely you’ll be able to find it in Greenwich.


Food & drink

Greenwich has a vast selection of coffee houses, eateries, bakeries and food outlets with a mix of popular names, small chains and independents. From independent honey sellers to world-famous restaurant chains, the food culture in Greenwich is vibrant and varied. Whether it’s a sit down meal in a restaurant, groceries for home or a quick take-away from one of the up and coming street food stalls, you won’t go hungry! There’s a nice mix of places to grab a drink too, with historic pubs and modern bars offering different options for a night out.


A popular British restaurant and chain bar that’s located in an impressive Art Deco building. Located in the heart of the village, just round the corner from the Cutty Sark, you can expect the usual Bill’s offering of food and drink options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, including plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.

Midpoint Restaurant

Authentic Turkish food served in a calm environment. Boasting a passion for food, drinks and entertainment, Midpoint is an ideal spot for couples or larger groups looking for a unique dining experience, quality food and friendly Turkish hospitality.

Davy’s Wine Vaults

It’s hard to know what’s longer, the wine list at Davy’s Wine Vaults or the history of the company. Part of one of London’s oldest family wine merchants, Davy’s Wine Vaults have a history stretching back as far as 1870 and offer a vast array of excellent wines as well as a seasonal food menu with indoor and outdoor seating options available.

Green spaces to explore in Greenwich

Not only is Greenwich one of the most historic parts of London, it’s one of the greenest parts too. What really sets Greenwich apart from its neighbours is its stunning green spaces.

Greenwich Park is one of only eight Royal Parks in London and boasts a deer reservation, tennis courts, Edwardian gardens, a rose garden and a small boating lake as well as ample space for alfresco catch ups with friends.

Head south down through the park's long tree-lined paths and you’ll reach Blackheath Common, a sprawling historic open heathland that’s bordered by the charming pubs of Blackheath. Head north past Greenwich Observatory and be greeted by one the finest views in London, with stunning sights across the city skyline.  


What's public transport like in the local area?

There’s plenty to keep you fed, watered and entertained in Greenwich. But if you do want to venture out from the village or are commuting for work then you are incredibly well connected. Greenwich is just under eight miles from central London and public transport links will get you there in under 40 minutes. Canary Wharf is just under 25 minutes, London Bridge under 30 minutes, and you can be at King’s Cross in 40 minutes.

Plane landing at London City Airport
Plane landing at London City Airport
Plane landing at London City Airport

IFC Cloud Cable Car

Kidbrooke Station

London City Airport

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For those times you want to get away, London City airport is just a 20-minute drive. And if staying closer to home is your thing, a 15-minute walk from the village will take you to Greenwich Peninsula where you can visit the world famous O2 arena or take the IFC cloud cable car, leaving every 30 seconds, and offering spectacular views of the city - either as a stand alone attraction or as a means of reaching the London Royal Docks. Also on Greenwich Peninsula, and easily accessible in under 15 minutes by foot, is the world-famous London O2 arena.


Moving to Greenwich

Greenwich is a popular place to live, with excellent schools, a vibrant social scene, green spaces and great transport links. It has a modern yet historic charm that blends into the look and feel of the shops, restaurants, pubs and retailers that line its streets. This is also reflected in the Greenwich properties for sale, with contemporary Greenwich new-builds a popular choice alongside more historic Georgian and Edwardian houses. Whether you’re looking to move, buy your first home or are exploring Greenwich Shared Ownership options there is bound to be something for you.

Explore our range of homes in Greenwich


Kidbrooke Square

Saxon Wharf Artist Impression

Saxon Wharf