Greenwich Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Greenwich, South East London

Exceptional4.2

Living in Greenwich

Greenwich is a laid-back, leafy London suburb that has retained its old town feel. Young professionals and families alike appreciate the area's access to green space - Greenwich Park is one of the most historic Royal Parks - and riverside. Both also like Greenwich's selection of fine Georgian and Victorian property, and the excellent array of transport options that includes, rail, light rail, Tube, bus, and river taxi as options for commuters. Schools are also good, and local amenities range from supermarket chains to the local covered market. 

Ratings

Exceptional4.2

Community

Greenwich has staying power for its residents. The area has an abundance of locally-owned, independent shops and businesses, as well as a busy market. The area still feels like an old town.

Safety

Greenwich largely lies within an area the Met police rate as having average crime, but the ward that encompasses the O2 centre has above-average crime. The 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate in this area were both somewhat higher than in London as a whole. 

Parking

Parking is about average in this part of London. The rate of car ownership in this area is a little low for London, at just over one car for every two households. Greenwich has good road links, including the A2 and the A206, but these are often congested. 

Nightlife

There's a good range of restaurants and gastropubs in the area, and a cocktail bar or two. Otherwise, you'll need to take advantage of the area's fairly good transport links for evening entertainment.

Family Friendly

Property in Greenwich varies widely, but includes many Georgian and Victorian terraces and semis that would make excellent family homes. Greenwich has outstanding access to green and open space, with the historic Greenwich Park and the Thames Path offering miles of lovely walks and play areas. Schools in this area are generally good, and include both 'outstanding' primary and secondary schools. The percentage of Greenwich residents who are children aged 0-15 is just slightly lower than the overall London percentage. 

Pet Friendly

There's no shortage of homes in Greenwich that would be suitable for pets, including many Georgian and Victorian terraces and semis. Greenwich also has outstanding access to green and open space, with the historic Greenwich Park and the Thames Path offering miles of lovely walks. This would be a great place to own a dog. 

Transport

There are good transport links in Zone 2 Greenwich, including both rail and Tube. Greenwich station and Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich station have DLR trains to Canary Wharf. North Greenwich is served by the Jubilee Line. There are more rail services from Maze Hill, as well as from Greenwich station - trains go to London Bridge and Cannon Street. Bus service is good in the area - but Greenwich's road links, including the A2 and the A206, are often congested. For a more unconventional commute, try the Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the river, or the Thames Clipper from Greenwich or North Greenwich to Canary Wharf to go over it.