Reminders of the past with a chic city lifestyle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 October, 2011, 12:00am


It's not hard to see why Greenwich has long been one of London's most sought after residential districts.

It has something for everyone, combining fascinating reminders of centuries past with all that is needed to create a chic city lifestyle with an elegant, relaxed feel.

'The area is all about quality of life,' says Alex Finch, director of Jones Lang LaSalle.

'On the one hand, it is home to the Royal Observatory and Maritime Museum, which have helped make it a Unesco World Heritage Site. On the other, it has local shops, restaurants and other amenities on the doorstep, creating a 'village' feel, while also offering fast and convenient transport links to the City, Canary Wharf and points across the capital.'

The imposing baroque buildings of the Old Royal Naval College are now used by the University of Greenwich and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

The galleries of the National Maritime Museum are filled with paintings and reminders of the country's sea-going history and role in international commerce. Royal Greenwich Park, once a favourite hunting ground of King Henry VIII, is now a favourite spot for walkers, joggers and those keen to find relaxation among acres of rolling green parkland and the beauties of nature.

Gourmets, or anyone with a culinary sense of adventure, will have the chance to explore most parts of the gastronomic world.

Within easy walking distance, they will find Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian and Italian restaurants, and traditional riverside alehouses and the Spread Eagle, a converted 17th century coaching inn offering the best of British hospitality.

For other forms of entertainment, the first choice might be to check out the latest programmes at the Greenwich Theatre or the Picturehouse for music, drama arts and comedy.

There is also the O2 arena, the world's most successful indoor music and entertainment venue just down the road.