last one ever. Tell me what's good about Greenwich you south london helmets.
This one goes out to PO
there are some lovely pubs, decent places to eat and it has a pretty, villagey feel. The nightlife tends to be very middle class sleepy cillage until about 10pm, when it becomes quite studenty (because it has its own university and music college.)
I lvoed it in the summer- less fussed in winter as the transport links tended to become shit as soon as there was a bit of ice or wind.
Favourite things: finishing work in the coty on a friday and wandering down to tower pier to get the clipper home, sipping a G&T as I did so.
The park is amazing, as is the observatory, and there are lots of cool things to see at the naval college and the queen's house.
I really REALLY liked greenwich.
in terms of transport. I would get the train either fomr greenwich or deptford and it was ten minutes or so to cannon street. The train was notoriously fucking SHIT though. Sometimes just didn't turn up, or if it was busy they wouldn't let us on it. In the end I went for the longer route (but more regular and reliable service) of cutty sark DLR to bank.
I was there for a few months as part of a couple and then for another few months after that borke up, chintzy moved in. I oeuld say it is more of a coupley place, although chintzy and I had a predictably wild time.
In the longer term, i didn't think it was the kind of place that was right for a single, sociable female to be.
an ex south london helmet.
alright not totally true - both the noodle places are great and the picturehouse is an ok cinema apart from the woman who used to run it not knowing who david lynch is. the record shop is lovely. i normally use the toilet in wetherspoons if i get caught short nearby - give it a try sometime.
you think about what's good in Greenwich and decide on the noodle house. Come on.
being a bit facetious. but people minge on about the park (not as good as victoria etc,) and the riverside pubs (overpriced, the river is filth and my mate once found a body washed up at one of the aforementioned pubs) but really it is just a tatty little village with a couple of ok shops. it's no good as a night out as the 'quiet' pubs are rammed, there's nowhere for gigs and everything closes at grandma's bedtime. i still used to go there loads when i lived nearby though as there's nothing else of interest for miles.
but 'tatty little village' is kind of hilarious. If you're going to despo's every night then yes, it's fucking minging, but I think perhaps you're being more than a bit jaded.
Will wait for loui_T's counterpoint
in all honesty i just spent waaaaay too long living in south east london - nearly 17 years. jesus. 17 years in plumstead, woolwich, lewisham, blackheath and greenwich. entirely my own fault but i was just so sick of the place by the time i got out of there it's hard to look back with much fondness as yet. blackheath is nice on a pre-chrismtas weeknight - very atmospheric. there we are, i'll give you that!
I DON'T EVEN.
90% of my dogs live in East London so I'd probably have to travel anyway
that really feels properly like christmas - just being stood at the top of the village near the heath looking along the rows of christmas lights and popping for a beer at the crown, maybe a bit of snow on the ground..that's nice maaaaaan. (cant believe im defending blackheath)
seems like one of the nicer places in London to me. I'd live there if I thought I could afford it
It's lovely to wander around, and if you're old and boring then it's even lovelier. PLUS cheaper (a lot) than Greenwich
I've lived in either Shoreditch or Dalston for the last 6 years so I'm pretty much ready for a 180 degree trade-off at this point. Happy to not have clubs downstairs if I can see a tree once in a while
I mean I loved living in Greenwich, really, and I did six months in Blackheath which was nice BUT you find yourself going back into greenwich more often than not for shopping/pubs.
I wouldn't really fancy being a teenager in greenwich.
18-35. not precisely formative but definitely lengthy.
1. i moved there from having lived in a tiny overpriced shoebox in spitalfields which was noisy and smoggy and made me feel landlocked and suffocated
2. i grew up by the sea and hate not being by water
3. compared to everywhere else i had looked at living in London, it was closest I coudl find to the seaside town feeling that I ma used to and whihc makes me feel happy. Maybe, thinking about it, it is a bit seedy in parts. I think I like seedy. It's what I'm used to.
statement. i didnt work out there was anything but the west end and se london for a long time. bit dim really.
Loved the record shop though. in fact, there are lots of good little vintage shops and stuff, and THE MARKET! the market is ace.
Rob, is that restaurant The Hill still there? That was ace.
And you can walk to Blackheath, which has more breweries, good pub gardens and a magnificent steak house (although it also has some unspeakably bad pubs too)
maaaaan. DiS meetup?
I thought it was just for students and historical tat
pronounce it "Grinidge".
better than you'd expect when walking up that hill.
ask at your local independent bookshop.
no one can actually afford to buy there.
so inevitably I like it a lot. There's a decent range of pubs and restaurants, plus the occasional food stall of note in the market, the picturehouse cinema and bar, and the park and river all to keep you entertained. There are few shops in Greenwich main but there's a co-op and sainsburys local at one end a newly built, decent sized waitrose at the other. There's also a run of nice independents up Royal Hill including a butcher, fish monger, cheese shop and grocer.
The only real problem with Greenwich is the same one that applies to most of the decent spots in south london - the costs and quality of housing spike and drop from street to street. Greenwich is lovely but there are parts of it that are really not.
the nicest 'quaint' street I can think of in London.
no one but the locals found that street. The rest of Greenwich was a heaving mass of coordinated foot traffic and Royal Hill, and consequently the Union and the Richard 1st, was quieter than I've ever seen summer in Greenwich.
It was a really, really nice hideaway. I spent the Olympics drowsily hammered at the Union.
Super fun fact: the guy who played Reg in Men Behaving Badly is the Richard's resident barfly
thanks for the heads up. Could have been embarrassing
and after the meetings they all sit on benches looking pensive?
or alternatively full of film crews filming pretend spies having pretend meetings because the real spies had to find somewhere else to go because of all the bloody film crews?
they fucking block the pathway by the observatory too. when i used to have to go through their to get to the DLR it was an utter ballache
Have you thought about the immediately bordering areas too? Maze Hill side is cheaper than living in Greenwich itself but not as nice. Blackheath more expensive. There are a load of new places going up Deptford side around Creek Road...
Looks like we might have a christmas special thread
...which is probably all branded as 'East Greenwich' these days is much more affordable. You don't want to go too far east towards the A102 though as there be badlands.
and a decent stomp away from Greenwich, the park, North Greenwich station and the dome, thames walkway, some decent sunday roast pubs. Would happily live there again, of course I enjoyed living a minute's walk from the station at the time!
Couldn't afford to live there
Good buzz at weekends though and in summer months. Several really good pubs off the side streets too.
So I can totally bore you?
Plus I would never live in Forest Hill. It is shite mate
until i get a new job. with which will obviously come a massive pay rise and an ability to buy something massive in Hollywood.