Blackheath was part of London's first conservation area and, really, it's a jewel in the heart of the borough of Lewisham. While the incessant traffic that whizzes along the A2, which bisects the greensward, taints the otherwise idyllic atmosphere, the area is one of those rare spots in the capital that's retained its villagey authenticity.
This bucolic air is maintained in part because of the lovely old All Saints Church and its surrounding green pastures, but also because of the attractive cafés, independent boutiques, restaurants, bars and historic pubs, which spill out on to the heath when the weather permits. Then there are the area's architectural delights: the Georgian houses of The Paragon, the Arts & Crafts Mary Evans Picture Library, Span homes from the 1960s and the exceptional North Several development (1969). On the Greenwich side of the heath is the Ranger’s House (1723), which is open to the public.
In fact, Greenwich, with its rich history, winding streets and riverside views, is just a thirty-minute-walk, which makes Blackheath the perfect spot to kick off or end a weekend of exploring.
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Hotels in Blackheath
The Clarendon Hotel
The Clarendon overlooks historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park as well as views of London and offers a village atmosphere just 15 minutes' from central London by train. It is ideal for visiting the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf and the Excel Exhibition Centre in Docklands.All the rooms at The Clarendon feature an en suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV and free breakfast and WiFi.The hotel offers the Meridian Restaurant, Nautical Chart Bar and first-rate room service.There is a car park at the front and back of the hotel with limited space, along with local car parks and on-street parking nearby. The property is equipped with electric car charging facilities.Great bars, restaurants and boutique shops surround The Clarendon Hotel.The nearest train station is Blackheath, reaching Waterloo and central London after a 20-minute journey. The Royal Observatory at Greenwich Park is 16 minutes' walk away.
Premier Inn London Greenwich
Just a 15-minute walk from Greenwich Park, Premier Inn London Greenwich is 200 metres from Deptford Bridge DLR Station. The modern hotel offers air conditioned rooms and a traditional restaurant.The colourful rooms each have a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access. All rooms have a large work area and tea/coffee facilities, and the bathrooms feature a hairdryer and shower.An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is available daily, including cooked and continental options. The restaurant serves hearty evening meals, and the bar offers fresh coffees and light snacks.
De Vere Devonport House
This Georgian-style hotel is next to the National Maritime Museum, and overlooks Greenwich Park and the River Thames. Buses to O2 Arena stop very close by.Bright en suite rooms have a flat-screen TV with Sky satellite channels, tea/coffee and desk space. Each room has free Wi-Fi access.Greenwich Train Station and DLR train link are about 600 metres away, for access to Central London in about 20 minutes.The hotel serves dinner each night, and bar snacks are available until about 22:00. There are 14 meetings rooms, and plenty of outside space for fresh air.Set in London's historic Greenwich, De Vere Devonport House is next to the University of Greenwich. Bars and restaurants are within walking distance. London City Airport is 9.6 km away.