Quirky mix of old and new

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 October, 2010, 12:00am

Kidbrooke Village rubs shoulders with some of London's most diverse communities. Blackheath Village and its surrounding area is characterised by Georgian streets and quirky shops and restaurants, and it is home to Britain's oldest rugby and hockey clubs.

Also nearby is Greenwich. The village is a blend of old and new, with recent developments seeing parts of the area transformed into a modern hub of shops, bars and restaurants.

The newly built Greenwich Park will host some of the 2010 Olympics events. The Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park and the National Maritime Museum all hint to the capital's past, and Greenwich has been given World Heritage Site status.

Northwards from Greenwich and reachable via a foot tunnel is Canary Wharf, which is fast becoming a minicity of its own.

The area is the new headquarters for many banking and financial companies, while a community of shops, bars and residential buildings continues to grow around it.