Greenwich Park: A brief history and where to live nearby

The oldest of London’s eight Royal Parks and the site of the famous Greenwich Meridian, Greenwich Park is a significant London landmark. The park features wide open spaces and stunning, elevated viewing positions, taking in the dramatic East London skyline. Read our guide to the park to learn about this beloved landmark and discover the best places to live nearby.

A brief history of London’s oldest Royal Park

Like much of London’s parkland, Greenwich Park’s history begins as a hunting park. The land reverted to the Crown in 1427 and Henry VI built a house and a castle on the site. James I enclosed the park with brick walls, while in 1675, Charles II chose the park for his Royal Observatory.

The site of the observatory is where the Greenwich Meridian passes through the park. This is the geographical reference line that stretches around the globe from top to bottom, and indicates zero degrees longitude. At the northern edge of the park, the handsome structures of the Old Royal Naval College and the National Maritime Museum hint at the historic significance of this grand old site.

The park’s role in modern Greenwich life

Greenwich Park remains extremely popular, and a central aspect of life in the community of Greenwich. With its undulating slopes, tree-lined avenues, peaceful gardens, playground and boating pond, the park is a hive of continual activity. It also provides a magnificent view of the East London skyline, with its elevated viewpoint a must-visit for snap-happy tourists.

On a clear summer’s day, you’ll find many Greenwich residents joining the tourists on the park’s green lawns. It’s an ideal spot to soak up some sun and relax in the peaceful atmosphere across the park. The park also benefits from proximity from Greenwich’s vibrant town centre, with its famous market and various cafés, restaurants and bars.

Where to live near Greenwich Park

The areas surrounding the vast perimeter of Greenwich Park take in all facets of London life. There’s something to suit most budgets, and a good mix of grand, historic housing and modern, urban developments.

To the south, there’s the upmarket, trendy village vibe of Blackheath. East of the park, South London suburbia stretches for miles, while the diverse, urban communities of Lewisham, Deptford and New Cross are to the west. Slightly north of the park, the centre of Greenwich is home to a variety of handsome period houses and contemporary developments.

The average price of a property in Greenwich is £711,205, according to Zoopla. This is slightly below the London average of £727,743. In Blackheath, properties cost a similar average of £729,282, while Deptford property comes in at £823,773. Other options nearby include Lewisham at £550,238 and Charlton at £512,444.

Best new build developments near Greenwich Park

Let’s take a look at the highest-rated new build homes near Greenwich Park. If you’re interested in moving to the area, there are plenty of modern developments within easy reach of the park’s wide open spaces. Take a look below at the best new homes close to Greenwich Park, according to the reviews of verified residents.

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Union Wharf is a development from London property developer Essential Living. It features 249 rental-only apartments on the banks of Deptford Creek near Greenwich’s town centre.  It houses a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. In addition, Union Wharf is close to the Cutty Sark DLR station for fast and frequent connections to Canary […] Read reviews and details of Union Wharf, SE8

Royal Arsenal Riverside is a beautiful riverside neighbourhood. It offers one, two and three bedroom apartments.   Additionally, residents benefit from the convenient transport links. These include: National Rail, DLR and on-site Thames Clipper. Also, residents have access to a gym, swimming pool and a concierge. Read reviews and details of Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18

A Berkeley development, Kidbrooke Village offers a selection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. In addition, there are a selection of luxury freehold 4 bedroom Urban Houses. Located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, residents benefit from excellent connections into London via the close-by Kidbrooke Station. Read reviews and details of Kidbrooke Village, SE3

Synergy, a development by Fairview New Homes is a development located in Charlton. Both Westcombe Park and Charlton Overground stations are around a 10-minute walk away offering links into the City. There are a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments as well as four-bedroom homes on offer. In addition, Help to Buy is in […] Read reviews and details of Synergy, SE7

Find No.5 Upper Riverside in Greenwich Peninsula’s latest neighbourhood – Upper Riverside. Sitting on the waterfront the building’s make the most of the water location designed by architects SOM . Residents have access to a wide range of facilities. These include a swimming pool, gym, spa and also, a cinema room. As well as this, […] Read reviews and details of No.5 Upper Riverside, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10

Situated just a short walk from Greenwich Park and Blackheath, Greenwich Square is a collection of apartments and townhouses, ranging from one to four bedrooms. Completed by Hadley Property Group, the development is set on the banks of the River Thames and close to Maze Hill train station, which provides good links in and out […] Read reviews and details of Greenwich Square, SE10

New Capital Quay is a £300 million riverside development on a peninsula in Greenwich. Galliard Homes took on the UK launch of the development in 2013, with many properties available as part of the Help to Buy scheme. The development is made up of several blocks of different sizes, including a flagship curved tower on […] Read reviews and details of New Capital Quay, SE10

Greenwich View is a residential development by Bellway Homes. It features 510 units with a range of apartments and houses on site. The development is only a 5-minute walk away from Greenwich station, which has links to the DLR as well as Thameslink and southeastern rail services. Read reviews and details of Greenwich View, SE10

The Movement is an Ecoworld and U+I development comprising of 181 residential apartments, 358 student apartments and a gym, nursery and convenience food store. The development is also in prime location for commuters as it is positioned adjacent to Greenwich DLR and Mainline Station. Read reviews and details of The Movement, SE10

Greenwich Creekside is a residential development by Telford Homes located in Greenwich. The development features a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments only a short distance away from Deptford Creek. Also, Deptford station is only a 9-minute walk away with connections to Thameslink and southeastern services. Read reviews and details of Greenwich Creekside, SE8

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