Greenwich is probably one of the most popular names of London areas today. The reason for that is of course the Prime Meridian which goes through the borough and is named after it. Greenwich has the status of a Royal Borough because of its close relations with the royal history of England over the centuries. At the present moment it contains many fine and rather significant areas.
Key locations across Greenwich
Plumstead SE18 is one of the best known areas in the borough. The district is rather large even by London standards. At the current moment 45 145 people live in here. Plumstead clearly reflects the overall character of modern London, with its multi-cultural communities, very good transport links and extensive open green areas – specifically Plumstead Common. The district was the original home to Arsenal Football Club between 1886 and 1913.
Another great location in Greenwich is New Eltham SE9. Naturally, New Eltham is an extension of the original town of Eltham, and benefits from good infrastructure that offers comfort to local residents. Locally, New Eltham is a sport centre with great significance to Greenwich. In order to see what we are talking about, check out New Eltham Joggers, Footscray RUFC, Newpark FC and RACS Cricket Club, among others.
Located in the south-eastern corner of Greenwich is the district of Mottingham SE9 – one of the oldest areas in the borough as a whole. The name Mottingham was first recorded in 862 and since then has changed and developed in many different ways. Among other things the area boasts a number of pretty notable residents, among which the following names stand out:
- Footballer Anton Ferdinand
- Cricketer W. G. Grace
- Actor Alex Walkinshaw
- High Sheriff of Mottingham David Owen
- Politician Denis Healey
Greenwich – a desirable residential area and a popular tourist destination
Maze Hill SE10 is one of those places that are great both to live in and just visit when you have the free time and find yourself near Greenwich. The name of the area is derived from the main road that penetrates the district. Woolwich SE18 is another. While Maze Hill is a relatively small locality, Woolwich is quite the opposite. At the current moment some 71 526 people live in town. Woolwich has played a really important role in the military history of England and London in particular. It has a lot to show for it, but the most notable landmark related to this is the Woolwich Dockyard and Royal Arsenal. The Woolwich town centre is another pretty interesting location here. Even though the old centre is not preserved in its entirety, there are still a number of interesting buildings that you can check out. Among those the following stand out: the former Public Bath, the Old Town Hall, the St Mary Magdalen church etc.
Greenwich – a very green borough
Greenwich has a number of pretty fine open spaces within its territory. A very positive trend in the urban development plan of London is for suburban areas to be built around such open green spaces. Westcombe Park SE3 is a very good example of this. The area is home to more than 26 000 people. In addition to the park and the many detached and semi-detached houses that define the character of the district, Westcombe Park boasts a thriving shopping area at the foot of Westcombe Hill, the Royal Standard public house and the rugby, cricket and tennis facilities in the neighbouring Greenwich Park. Nearby is the district of Kidbrooke SE3. Most of the housing here dates from the Interwar Period and includes another pretty popular Greenwich park – Sutcliffe. The lake that is in there is well known location. Kidbrooke railway station is an important transport hub for these parts of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Shooter’s Hill SE18 is the highest point in the borough of Greenwich, standing at 132 metres. The area is well known for its Victorian Gothic architecture, which is best manifested through the famous water tower on the top of the eponymous hill. It is the best known landmark here. There is another similar tower located to the west of the hill, which is equally impressive, though not so popular.