Blackheath Area Guide

Guide to Blackheath

Blackheath is a real gem, with heaps of old school charm. Quieter than its neighbour, Greenwich, it is steeped in history. A Roman road runs straight across the heath itself - one of London’s largest open spaces - which is where Wat Tyler assembled his revolting peasants in 1381 and where golf was introduced to England in 1608. Blackheath has been home to military encampments and highwaymen in days past, and therefore has sure seen some action.

The pretty village even has its own picture postcard church set on the edge of the heath, and further fine architectural examples are in abundance, with stunning 18th and 19th century buildings living in harmony with 1960’s to modern day contemporary examples.

Blackheath has a wonderful café culture. The wealth of great restaurants, boutiques and traditional pubs, as well as a microbrewery and a Sunday farmers’ market, gives Blackheath the air of a small but vibrant country town - yet is just ten minutes by train to London Bridge.


Both families and busy city workers seek out this south-east London suburb for a more relaxed pace, plenty of green open space, a strong sense of community and top-performing state primary schools.

The rich local cultural life centres around The Conservatoire for music, dance and drama classes, and the Blackheath Halls concert venue, with its rich programme of modern, jazz and classical music performances, comedy and spoken word events.

Blackheath is home to world-class annual events such as the two-day music festival, OnBlackheath, The London marathon, and one of the largest firework displays in the capital.