Greenwich is a borough that has a lot of history and is revered by many Londoners. South of the Thames and near the financial district of Canary Wharf, the borough was given the title of Royal Borough due to its historical importance and contribution to London’s history. From Greenwich Mean Time, to the Royal Naval Academy and the Queen’s House & Royal Gardens, the borough is packed with significance, but its real charm is the lively community that populates in this area.
The Royal Naval Academy is still in use today, but there is also the University of Greenwich, which attracts a large student crowd to the borough. There are restaurants offering new culinary choices and unique flavours to cater to the younger demographic. In addition, some fantastic local breweries are making a name for themselves across London.
The Greenwich Village comes alive with small boutiques and antique shops on the weekends, when small treasures can still be found and won’t cost much. The streets are filled with young families having a stroll and students ‘brunching’. The atmosphere is much more relaxed than the heart of London, but is only a short 25-minute tube ride to the centre.
Ahead of the 2012 Olympics, the local council invested £20m to restore and regenerate the area. The equestrian activities for the Olympics were in Greenwich and therefore the amenities are impeccable. The borough offers a safe and relaxed environment to raise kids in, for students to study, and for young professionals to live, yet still be in close proximity to the heart of London.