Hamptons Relocate & Renovate Guide-Blackheath

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Renovate & Relocate

Local Town Guide Blackheath
www.hamptons.co.uk 2 Renovate 12 The Hertfordshire Landscaping Co. 07826 839605 james@thehlc.co.uk www.thehlc.co.uk 14 Hex Interiors. 07931 992769 buse@hexarchitects.com www.hexinterior.com Are you a Renovater in the local area? Get Noticed!!! 24 The Pointer School 020 8293 1331 office@pointers-school.co.uk www.pointers.school 28 Blackheath High School 020 8853 2929 www.blackheathhighschool.gdst. net 0020 8853 2929
www.hamptons.co.uk 3 Relocate Welcome to Blackheath 6 Why move to Blackheath? 8 Pubs & Live Music 14 Local Hotspots 16 Arts 18 Family Days Out 20 Local Schools 26 Local Restaurants 36 Fitness & Health 34


A very warm welcome to... Blackheath and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.

You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in London. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population.

Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869.

We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since.

Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’.

Yours sincerely,

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Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Blackheath

Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Blackheath, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning

and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home.

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A little bit of history

“A big WELCOME and enjoy”

Contrary to local legend, Blackheath has nothing to do with the plague and is actually named after the colour of the soil on the heath. The area has been inhabited since the Roman times or earlier and has always been prosperous, with grand residences built to house visiting royalty and gentry – hence the varied architectural styles. It’s also a sporty town: Blackheath is the home of England’s first golf and hockey clubs and is the starting point for the London Marathon.

Many royals passed through here and as such the variety of architecture is diverse and grand: there are Palladian-style red-brick mansions, a restored medieval palace with a hammerbeam roof, the Stuartbuilt Queen’s House, Regency and Georgian villas and Victorian and 1930s terraces. Desirable addresses include The Paragon, a terrace of Grade I-listed Georgian houses converted to apartments, the Cator Estate, Blackheath Royal Standard on the Greenwich side of the heath, and the Berkeley Homes Kidbrooke Village.


Why move to Blackheath?

It has the feel of a small country town, with its elegant Georgian villas surrounding its green and windswept heath, where locals fly kites and walk their dogs. People buy here for the work-life balance and tend to stay for a long time, so the community is very up to date on local affairs. Blackheath even has a community society which works to protect the heath

and its diverse architecture, as well as organising social events like the switch-on of the Christmas lights which coincides with the annual Village Day. What’s more, with a high proportion of families residing here, there are some excellent schooling options.

Blackheath’s High Street is charmingly named Tranquil Vale and has a selection

of independent shops including a florist, bakery, greengrocer, butcher and coffee shops. There’s also a Marks & Spencer Food Hall in Blackheath Royal Standard on the other side of the heath and specialist (and popular) Cook shop for frozen homemade meals, as well as a large Sainsbury’s in Lee.

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Ideal living

Blackheath is home to the original Zero Degrees restaurant, which has been going strong since 2000. Visitors can enjoy great grub from a menu that includes pizzas, muscles, risotto and pasta. There’s an extensive wine and cocktail menu too.

It’s not only the food and drink that cements Zero Degrees’ status as one of the best restaurants in Blackheath. The fantastic views on offer while you dine add to the atmosphere and provide a location that overlooks the heath.

One of London’s eight Royal Parks, Greenwich Park is just a stone’s throw away from Blackheath. The open space incorporates the Royal Observatory, which is home to Greenwich Meantime and is managed by the National Maritime Museum.

Living in Blackheath means residents can experience the village lifestyle right in the heart of South London. At times, the SE3 postcode feels like it’s a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. And yet, it’s only 6.7 miles to Charing Cross.

The area provides a quieter way of life than your typical London neighbourhood but still manages to capture the essence of living in the capital. Home to green spaces and independent restaurants and shops, there is plenty on offer for those living in Blackheath.


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Famous Residents

Blackheath and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations.

Here are a few notable names...

Danny Baker BBC London radio presenter

Sir Richard Branson Entrepreneur, born in Blackheath

James Callaghan British Prime Minister 1976-1979

Emily Davison Suffragette, born in Blackheath

Clemence Dane Playwright and Novelist, born in Blackheath.

Sophie Aldred Actress and Television Presenter

Glenda Jackson Actor and former MP for Hampstead

Albert Lee, Guitarist Composer and Singer

Lee Ryan Singer, Songwriter and Actor

Terry Waite Humanitarian

Sir Willard White Opera Singer

Blake Morrison Author, Writer, Prize Winning Poet

Edith Nesbit Author and Fabian

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Designer

Elisabeth Lutyens Composer

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Jude Lawl, Actor Glenda Jackson, Actor and former MP for Hampstead

Interview with...

James from the hertfordshire landscaping co.

Give us a brief overview of your company.

The Hertfordshire Landscaping Co. is a well-respected local company. Our team undertakes projects of all sizes and predominantly works in Harpenden, St Albans and surrounding areas. We provide a full range of landscaping services, including patios, driveways, decking, woodwork, lawns and much more. If customers are looking for inspiration, we can offer a design service to help clients maximise the potential of their outdoor space.

How can you help to add value to a property?

Outdoor landscaping and driveway improvements clearly add considerable value to a property. Our aim is to maximise this investment through innovative design, choice of materials and quality workmanship. Not only will this add financial gain, but clients will also benefit from the enjoyment of enhanced outdoor living. External space is more sought after than ever these days, so why not make it a place to be proud of?

What’s the most satisfying part of your job?

Seeing out a job from start to finish is extremely rewarding. It’s not just ‘another day at the office’ - it still excites us to see the end result of every job we complete. With the right guidance and team, the transformation of an outside space can be remarkable and

bring enormous pleasure to the homeowner. We take great job satisfaction when clients show their genuine appreciation of our work. Our aim is always to please, and it’s a great feeling to know that you’ve produced work that will bring enjoyment for years to come.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting some landscaping doing?

Go in with an open mind. People are often unsure of what they want because they are unaware of all the options that are available. Whether it’s a traditional or contemporary look you’re going for, there‘s a wide range of materials, design ideas and techniques out there. By talking through options with an experienced landscaper, you can come up with something really quite special.

Finally, why should someone choose you to carry out their work?

We always carry out the highest quality of work, following each step professionally and applying great care and attention to the finishing touches. However, I feel that there is more to a job than just the end product. We understand that our service starts the moment that we turn up on the first day. Always being courteous, polite to neighbours and keeping a tidy site throughout the job is just as important. Customer satisfaction is our no.1 priority.

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Pubs & Live Music

O’Neill’S Blackheath

You’ll always find a warm welcome at O’Neill’s Blackheath in Blackheath. It’s a place where you can enjoy the craic whether you fancy a few rounds, a spot of lunch or a cosy meal. Where live music and sport lift your spirits. And where the banter flows as freely as the drinks.

52 Tranquil Vale, Greater, Blackheath, London SE3 0BH. 020 8463 9230 www.oneills.co.uk/

The Hare & Billet

We are looking forward to welcoming all our customers back as we reopen following a stylish new refurbishment. A place to enjoy all the things that are great about a real pub, conversation, food & drink and above all the atmosphere. We’re Blackheath’s favourite pub with a modern feel, subtle & comfortable furnishings helping us create a very warm welcome for friends, families & dogs alike. Winner of ‘Time Out’ Love London Awards for best pub in Blackheath 2016.

1a Hare and Billet Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 0RB. 020 8852 2352 www.hareandbillet.com/

The Old Tigers Head

At The Old Tiger’s Head we want to be the hub of the community. We want it to be somewhere that appeals to the young families moving into the area and existing old Lee Green residents –a new place where people of all ages can come together. DRINKS… A great selection of Ales, and Lagers. Along with a wide choice of Soft and Hot drinks as well.

351 Lee High Rd, Blackheath, London SE12 8RU. 020 3489 8701 www.theoldtigershead.com/

Elements Bar

Elements Bar is known for amazing live nights, trendy sociable events and buzzing atmosphere. With themed evenings there’s plenty to get involved in and socialise over good quality food and drinks. We look forward to welcoming you.

207 Lee High Rd, Blackheath, London SE13 5PQ. 020 8318 4507 www.elementsbar.co.uk/

The Crown – Blackheath

A former coaching inn dating back to the 16th century, The Crown began life as a stop on the Roman road from London to Dover. Now, it’s a destination, with visitors keen to experience a friendly village local in London. The Crown is set right at the heart of bustling Blackheath Village, with an alfresco area at the front of the pub providing the perfect spot for soaking up Blackheath’s cosmopolitan atmosphere. Inside, it’s smart, stylish and contemporary - offering a bright, spacious interior, lively ambience and of course, delicious food and drink.

49 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0BS. 020 8852 0326


The Princess of Wales

Perched on the edge of Blackheath, The Princess of Wales is an iconic London pub, ahead of the game in providing the perfect setting for a truly memorable drinking and dining experience. Whether it’s a relaxed lunch, sumptuous Sunday roast, family dinner or tasty brunch you’re looking for, we offer fresh and flavoursome home-cooked food, a diverse and explorative drinks menu, and the warmest of welcomes.

1a Montpelier Row, Greater, Blackheath, London SE3 0RL. 020 8852 5784


351 Lee High Rd, Blackheath, London SE12 8RU. 020 3489 8701


The Railway

Combining the best in British pub hospitality with individuality, character and quirky charm, At the heart of thriving Blackheath Village. The perfect setting for a laid-back yet distinctly memorable drinking and dining experience. Flavoursome food, an explorative drinks menu and a genuine, welcoming atmosphere to suit all occasions.

16 Blackheath Village, Greater, Blackheath,

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“Wet your whistle”

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The Royal Standard

Combining the best in British pub hospitality with individuality, character and quirky charm, we occupy a prime spot at the edge of picturesque Blackheath. Just a stone’s throw from the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark, The Royal Standard is the perfect setting for a laid-back yet distinctly memorable drinking and dining experience.We offer tempting and flavoursome food, an explorative drinks menu and a genuine, welcoming atmosphere to suit all occasions.

44 Vanbrugh Park, Greater, Blackheath, London SE3 7JQ. 020 8858 1533


The George & Dragon

Every Friday & Saturday, The George & Dragon plays host to the UK’s most established cabaret artists including Lola Lasagne, Dave Lynn, Tanya Hyde, Mary Mac, Sandra, Miss Jason, Mrs Moore and — of course — the one-andonly Duchess. Every Sunday at The George & Dragon you can enjoy three of the UK’s best acts back-to-back from 6pm with a rotating line up including Tony Sinclair, Tanya Hyde, The Duchess, Mary Mac and Miss Jason.

2 Blackheath Hill, London SE10 8DE. 020 8691 3764


Green Goddess

Welcome to The Green Goddess. Your local independent Beer Cafe & Microbrewery. We’re all about celebrating great beer, quality wines and fine spirits in a laid back atmosphere. Up to 20 different lines of beer, cider and wineplus two fridges full of new (and often rare) cans & bottles, there’s plenty to choose from!

43A VANBRUGH PARK, Blackheath, SE3 7AA


Should you wish to wet your whistle in Blackheath you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Blackheath. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.



Le Bouchon Wine Bar

Le Bar A Vin (formerly known as Le Bouchon) is a modern French wine bar in Blackheath, Greenwich serving over 100 different wines. Our wine list has a pronounced french touch, yet we offer a comprehensive selection of wines from around the world by the glass, carafe or bottle

72 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0BN



Local Hotspots

Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Blackheath!

The Ivy Cafe Blackheath

The Ivy Café Blackheath brings friendly, sophisticated all-day dining to this picturesque corner of South East London. From modern British cuisine to café-style classics and fantastic vegan and vegetarian dishes, there’s something for everyone to love, seven days a week. A luxurious haven for visitors, shoppers and locals alike, the restaurant is just five minutes away from Blackheath Halls, making it the ideal venue for pre-theatre dining or after-show drinks. As well as the main restaurant, with its beautiful Art-Deco detail, stunning bar and caramel banquettes, we also have outdoor Parisianstyle seating for the warmer months.

43-45 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TJ.


Madeleine’s Creperie

Boulangerie Jade

Boulangerie Jade is a fine French Artisan bakery and patisserie. Established in 2002, our philosophy is to bring a piece of France to London making all the classics using only the best quality French flour and butter. Baked fresh every day, we supply a wide range of French bread, pastries, savouries and cakes. We also make cakes for special occasions such as weddings, the favourite one being the “Croquembouche“. Come and enjoy our delicious “pure beurre” croissants, pains au chocolat and other exciting pastries in our friendly shop with a little touch of je ne sais quoi! In addition, our East Dulwich shop also provides cooked breakfast and lunch

44 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0BD. 020 8318 1916


We are as passionate about the environment as we are about great tasting food and drink. We only use renewable energy at Madeleine’s and all of the milk used in our ice cream is 100% organic and ethically sourced.

1 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0BU. 020 3659 8868


GAIL’s Bakery Blackheath

We believe in making good bread. As we’ve grown, so has our menu and our community, yet our values have stayed the same. We take the time to make our bread, pastries, cakes, breakfasts and lunches as we always have – with care, by hand and according to the season – so that we don’t need to compromise on what we eat, with delicious coffee to compliment. Whether we’re on the go, or taking time out in one of our bakeries.

3 Blackheath Village, Blackheath, London SE3 9LA. 020 8852 3127


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Blackbird Boutique

Blackbird blends unique style with the truly ethical. From a diverse mix of fairtrade and organic clothing to pretty accessories and wonderful gift ideas. We blend unique style with the truly ethical. From a diverse mix of gorgeous fair trade and organic clothing, unique accessories, beautiful gift ideas and fabulous home wares from around the world!

28 Blackheath Village, Blackheath, London SE3 9SY. 020 8852 5550 www.blackbirdboutique.co.uk/

The Voewood Boutique

Beautiful things, chosen with love, to bring you joy

Established in 2016, The Voewood is a one-of-a-kind destination in Blackheath Royal Standard, London, SE3. We’re a lifestyle store with unique mix of stylish womenswear, accessories, gifts and interiors. Everything is individually chosen because it makes our heart sing.

14 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TA


OSKA Blackheath

With the regular offer of new merchandise themes and events, personal contact is cultivated just as sustainably as the product. Individuality is also a priority in the customer relationship. Every sales associate knows the preferences of their customers and advises them individually: OSKA wants to make everyone happy. Customer service is paramount.

20 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TA. 020 3808 9017


Laboo London

Welcome to our Award-Winning Store

We like to think that at Laboo we “just sell the good stuff” from a carefully curated range of independent brands across multiple departments, from clothing, Accessories, Gifting, Vintage Jewllery & Kimonos. Not only that! We have our very own Nail Bar!

127 Lee Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 9DS. 07901 104161


Devernois London

Devernois London is the exclusive outlet for the French Label Devernois, famed for its quality and exclusivity, yet being very contemporary and design led.

42 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0BD. 020 8318 5998


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Blackheath Arts

Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Blackheath!

Laban Theatre

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. Leaders in music and contemporary dance education, we also provide exciting opportunities for the public to encounter dance and music, and access arts health programmes. The unequalled expertise and experience of our staff and our world class facilities are housed in landmark buildings. In 2005, Trinity College of Music and Laban, leading centres of music and contemporary dance, came together to form Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the UK’s first ever conservatoire of music and dance. Our innovative course provision, exciting performances and groundbreaking education, community and social inclusion work make Trinity Laban a leader in the advancement of creative artistic practice. Our unique conjunction has created exciting opportunities for collaboration between instrumentalists, singers, composers, dancers and choreographers

Laban Building, 30 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ. 020 8305 9400


Jack Studio Theatre

The Jack Studio is a vibrant and intimate performance venue in southeast London, with a long history within its community and the London-wide theatre scene. Home to theatre productions, Scratch nights, film screenings, workshops and rehearsals, our award-winning team and space provide an accessible and exciting programme of arts activities throughout the year. We are committed to producing theatre that inspires, challenges and entertains our audience. The theatre also supports new companies and theatre artists, providing a space for them to develop their ideas and work, alongside the productions created each year by the Jack’s in-house team. Throughout the year we programme a diverse mix of productions, providing a platform for new writing, innovative revivals of classic texts, adaptations and musical theatre.

410 Brockley Rd, London SE4 2DH. 0333 666 3366



Independent six screen cinema established in 1994, screening mainstream, art house, foreign language and independent films. Special events include concert films, prerecorded plays and theatre productions, charity screenings and Q & A events with directors, actors and special guests. Watch with Baby screenings are open to parents with children under 1yrs old, Thursdays 11.30am, tickets include tea and biscuits. With up to 15 films a week there’s something for everyone. It gets busy so book in advance and come early.

95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST. 0844 567 2742


Bob Hope Theatre

As part of South East London’s amateur network of artistic organisations and theatres, we are committed to creating a welcoming and nurturing environment that is accessible to the broad diversity of our local community and beyond. Our aim is to deliver a productive and supportive atmosphere that provides equal opportunities for all. The theatre’s own repertory members present approximately 11 shows each year, including a pantomime every January, and an annual musical.

Wythfield Rd, London SE9 5TG. 020 8850 3702


Blackheath Halls

Blackheath Halls is an entertainment venue and concert hall in the heart of South East London. Built in 1895 by William Webster, Blackheath Halls is part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex in London. Blackheath Halls presents a diverse programme of concerts and events throughout the year including classical, folk, comedy nights, talks, literary events, exhibitions and children’s theatre. The Halls also run a varied community engagement programme from choirs and orchestra through to community opera and children’s opera.

23 Lee Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ. 020 8463 0100


Age Exchange

Age Exchange made history 39 years ago, as the UK’s first organisation in Europe dedicated to reminiscence and intergenerational arts. Many origins for social prescribing and arts-based care interventions are found in our history.

11 Blackheath Village, Blackheath, London SE3 9LA. 020 8318 9105 www.age-exchange.org.uk/

Greenwich Picturehouse

At Picturehouse, we love cinemas. Nestled in the heart of their neighbourhoods, each of our cinemas are distinct, full of personality and run by welcoming and attentive staff. We don’t just screen excellent films. We provide places to eat, meet and relax, and host a busy calendar of events for everyone to explore. If you love opera or theatre, we screen it live and direct from stages around the world. If you’re all about superhero films, come to one of our state-of-the-art screens and get yourself a large popcorn. Our impressive cafes, bars and restaurants cater for everyone. From burgers to superfood salads, coffees to cocktails and a wide selection of beers and wines. We screen 35mm and 70mm special presentations at select Picturehouse Cinemas, welcome independent film collectives and are proud hosts of some of the most visionary film festivals around. Our team of passionate programmers carefully curate a broad range of films, from quality mainstream and family movies to indies, documentaries, and foreign language releases.

180 Greenwich High Rd, London SE10 8NN.

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Family days out

Blackheath is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s Planetarium. East, west, or right down the middle? Jump across to the Prime Meridian Line in the heart of the Royal Observatory. Royal Museums Greenwich comprises the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House. We are also home to The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre and the Caird Library and Archive. Together we’re dedicated to enriching people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain’s role in world history.

Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ. 020 8312 6608


National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world. A trove of maritime treasures, we have picked our top things to see during your visit. Discover tales of polar exploration, and learn more about the indigenous communities that live in the Arctic and Antarctic. In such a crucial time for climate change, come and discover more about this incredible region. Explore the AHOY! Children’s Gallery. Little sailors will have lots of fun in this playful and immersive space for under-7s. Stoke the boiler of a steamship, buy and sell fish in the marketplace, and make new friends in the interactive boatyard. Expect pirates, polar stories and plenty of adventures

Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF. 020 8858 4422


Battersea Park

Battersea Park is a 200-acre green space at Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth in London. It is situated on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea and was opened in 1858. The park occupies marshland reclaimed from the Thames and land formerly used for market gardens.

London SW11 4NJ. 020 8871 7530


Peter Harrison Pla. netarium

Join Royal Observatory astronomers and leading scientists on a fascinating journey into space, from planetarium shows and science sessions for kids to in-depth astronomy courses and community events. Our shows are very popular, so to prevent any disappointment we recommend booking your tickets online in advance.

Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ. 020 8312 6608


Manor House Gardens

Manor House Gardens is a 3.34-hectare public park and gardens situated in Lee, in southeast London. The park features a walled flower garden, ornamental pond, fountain, ice-house, cafeteria, children’s playground, community garden, dogwalking area and tennis courts/multipurpose sports pitches.

Taunton Rd, London SE13 5SU. 020 8318 3986

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Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in London is a natural history museum that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. One of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. With plenty to discover and learn for all ages.

Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD. 020 7942 5000


Go Ape Battersea

Our most central forest experience in London. This is big outdoor fun in the big city with spectacular views across Battersea and the park. There’s more to this stacked course than meets the eye with people above, below and all around you. A head for heights is a must as Battersea’s Treetop Challenge crossings are twice the height of most Go Ape locations. Over on the Treetop Adventure course, the Fisherman’s Net and thrilling zip wires keep this one firmly top of the Go Ape fan list.

Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ. 01603 895500


Ranger’s House - The Wernher Collection

Ranger’s House is an elegant Georgian villa on the boundary of Greenwich Park and Blackheath which houses The Wernher Collection, a world-class art collection amassed by the 19th-century businessman, Sir Julius Wernher. Over 700 works of art are displayed across a dozen panelled interiors, and include medieval sculptures, glittering enamels, ornate jewellery, Renaissance paintings including Madonna of the Pomegranate (Madonna della Melagrana) from Sandro Botticelli’s workshop, Dutch Old Masters and French tapestries. Not only are many of these pieces unique examples of their kind, but the stories they tell reveal much about the making, meaning and movement of art on a world stage. With new and enhanced interpretation highlighting the outstanding quality of these objects, the Wernher Collection at Ranger’s House provides a remarkable opportunity to see one of the greatest surviving private art collections ever assembled in Europe.

Chesterfield Walk, London SE10 8QX. 0370 333 1181

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Interview with The Pointer School

Tell us a little of the history of your school. The Pointer School was founded in 1950 by Muriel and Dela Pointer; it has been educating children in Blackheath for over 70 years. The Pointer sisters ran ‘The Pointer Dance School’ from the 1920’s until the founding of the prep school, on its current site at Stratheden Road.

Over the following 70 years, The Pointer School has flourished and grown into a successful Prep and Pre-Prep school for children aged 3-11, while still retaining its quirky character and Christian family ethos.

What would you say is special about a school life at Pointers?

As our children walk around Blackheath village and the surrounding areas, not only are they recognised for their purple uniforms but also for their cheerful nature and kind hearts. We believe this is attributed to our strong system of pastoral care. All adults in our school work hard to create a loving and fun environment where children are taught to value mistakes and take pride in the accomplishments of themselves and others.

What aspects of the school are you most well known for?

Cooking on Mondays, Robotics on Thursdays and Taekwondo on Fridays?

The Pointer school offers one of the most comprehensive after school programmes of any prep school in the UK with 50+ clubs on offer each week. We are one of the only schools to offer chess as part of our curriculum to all children from Year 2. We also have a double Michelin starred chef cooking our food!

Our wraparound care puts working parents’ needs at the forefront of its offering. Breakfast club and late class are open from 7:45am -6:30pm every day during term time with no requirement to book in advance. The Pointer School holiday club runs from 8am-6pm during school holidays with additional holiday camps on offer such as robotics, sports and creative writing.

What sporting facilities do you have?

Whilst the children are still little we make use of our lovely playgrounds to teach PE, once they reach Year 2 they start making use of our 10 hectare sports ground to play tag rugby, football, netball, striking and fielding sports. From Year 3 pupils take part in fixtures against local schools, we offer team training after school each week which is open to all enthusiastic pupils. The children attend weekly swimming lessons throughout Years 3 and 4.

Which destinations do your pupils go on to?

Our results show that you can be academically ambitious without being selective at 3 years old. We have a consistent track record of our pupils leaving at 11 plus to some of the best Independent and Grammar Schools in London. Last year, over a fifth of our pupils received prestigious scholarship offers in academics, sport, music, drama and art. Our exceptionally close links with local senior schools allow parents access to exclusive open events and conversations with heads of schools. This all helps considerably with choosing the right senior school.

We hold regular Open Mornings and twice yearly Open Days, we look forward to welcoming you to our lovely school.


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Local Schools

Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.

All Saints Primary School

All Saints’ is a thriving community situated in the middle of the heath and in close proximity to London. Our families lie at the heart of our school community, representing the vibrant and diverse mix of cultures who live here. We view our school community as a family which works in harmonious partnership to provide new and exciting opportunities for our children to become active learners.

2 Blackheath Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TX. 020 8852 6136


John Ball Primary School

Rather than just letting subjects drive the curriculum, at John Ball we feel that it should be the needs of children that should determine the curriculum emphasis. It is vital that our children learn what is in the statutory National Curriculum, but most parents and teachers know that children need much more than this. Balancing children’s needs with the statutory curriculum will always be a challenge, but instead of the two acting in opposition we aim to ensure the content of the curriculum meets the needs of children and fulfills

statutory requirements. To do this, we established our key ‘curriculum drivers’ for our school in consultation with pupils, staff and members of our wider community. These aim to ‘drive’ learning forward through the unique curriculum taught at John Ball Primary School.

20 Southvale Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 0TP. 020 8852 1601


Heath House Preparatory School

Established in 1993, Heath House is a coeducational independent preparatory school for children aged between three and eleven. Heath House is a small, private and friendly school where children are happy to learn in a stimulating environment. The school has a strong child-centred approach with an environment designed to encourage every child, of all ages and abilities, to achieve their maximum potential.

38-42 Granville Park, Blackheath, London SE13 7DX. 020 8297 1900


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Brooklands Primary School

A one-form entry Primary & Nursery School serving the local community. We aim to provide all our children with the high-quality education and enrichment opportunities that they need, in order to develop the knowledge and skills (academic and personal) to take them into their next stage of education. Teaching and learning is our core purpose and the main focus for all that we do . All our staff are responsible for teaching all our children everywhere around our school. Expectations and standards are high, and everyone is supported from their starting points.

Medebourne Cl, London SE3 9AB. 020 8852 8210

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Blackheath Montessori Centre

Blackheath Montessori Centre was established in 1979 as a registered charity, taking over from a private nursery school which has been established for many years at the site. The Centre is run as a non-profit making enterprise and we are a self-supporting organisation. We are

based in the heart of Blackheath Village tucked down a quiet private road, we are close to great transport links which include buses and trains. We have three classrooms which are mixed with children of different ages and abilities. Our teaching method is child-led so the children are free to choose activities that interest them, and the teachers are there to support and guide them.

Independents Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 9LF. 020 8852 6765


Blackheath Prep

Blackheath Prep is a happy and thriving coeducational prep school for children aged 3 to 11. We are located in an idyllic setting on the edge of the heath close to Blackheath Village and our five-acre site offers superb specialist facilities, large playgrounds, forest school areas and extensive playing fields.

4 St Germans Pl, Blackheath, London SE3 0NJ. 020 8858 0692


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Blackheath High School

Blackheath High School is an independent day school for girls in Blackheath Village in southeast London, England. It was founded in 1880 as part of the Girls’ Day School Trust; the Senior School occupied a purpose-built site in Wemyss Road for over 110 years. Blackheath High School is an exceptional school. It is characterised by passionate teaching, open-mindedness and a supportive community atmosphere. In the classroom, our teachers provide the inspiration and academic ambition that enable students to thrive.

27 Vanbrugh Park, London SE3 7AG

020 8853 2929


The Pointer School

It is my pleasure to welcome you to The Pointer School, an independent co-educational school for boys and girls from 3-11 years of age. Being in the heart of London gives the school a breadth of character and personality that has been at the core of our educational philosophy for over 70 years. We are very much a Christian school at our foundation. This is the compass we use to guide our pupils through the school, from being kind and compassionate individuals, to fully appreciating the wider world that we live in.

19 Stratheden Rd, London 020 8293 1331 www.pointers.school/

The Village Montessori

The Village Montessori uses pioneering software called ‘My Montessori Child’ that helps Montessori nurseries to deliver the best possible educational experience for young children. Developed in collaboration with over 200 Montessori schools around the world, My Montessori Child comprises two parts: a teacher system for observations, to ensure that your child’s learning is fully supported in accordance with both Montessori principles and internationally recognised frameworks of child development; and a secure website that parents access to share in the many ways their child is growing and flourishing at nursery.

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the subjects we offer such as Ancient Greek, Computing, Further Maths and Performing Arts. We also take advantage of our prestigious setting to partner with the Royal Observatory and offer Astronomy GCSE.

Our co-curricular programme is something we are particularly proud of, allowing each and every girl to discover hitherto hidden talents and passions. We work hard to ensure school life embraces exciting, innovative and lifeenhancing activities, from inspirational lectures from female leaders to student-led fashion shows, clubs, societies, volunteer opportunities and much more.

We are a school where girls boldly go. An ambitious, forward-thinking school which champions each individual student to be the best they can be. An expert and pioneer in girls’ education. We are Blackheath High School.

The school is enviably located in the heart of Blackheath. Our Junior School, founded in 1880 as a purpose-built girls’ school, is an impressive heritage building in Blackheath Village, much loved by residents; while our state-of the-art Senior School sits at the edge of Greenwich Park and its 13 acres of green space with extraordinary views across the River Thames to St Paul’s. The Park is home to the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Maritime Royal Heritage Site, and close to the magnificent Cutty Sark.

We have come a long way since 1880 and now offer a complete education for girls from ages 3 to 18 years. We have also chosen to remain small and perfectly formed – a rarity in this dynamic, global, capital city.

The community and ethos of Blackheath High School match the stunning surroundings. Our school is a learning community where girls and staff strive for excellence at every turn. The quality of teaching is second to none. The broad and balanced academic curriculum is complemented by a co-curriculum that challenges, stretches and ultimately prepares girls for life beyond school. Our aim is to challenge perceptions and widen horizons, reflected in

We place huge value on sport at Blackheath High, helping girls to improve their physical health, technical and mental skills, team-work, leadership, confidence and, most of all, have fun. Extensive time is dedicated each week to exercise and sporting activities both at our own five-acre Sports Campus and at local specialist centres. From fencing to football, hockey to horse-riding, athletics to cricket, and rowing on the Royal Albert Dock to sailing, there is something for everyone.

Blackheath High School in unashamedly a girls-only setting, a school where every subject is a girls’ subject. Research shows that that girls are more likely to boldly take intellectual risks, adopt leading, active roles, and be less inclined to conform to stereotypes than in a coeducational environment. The modern world makes huge demands of our young people. We strive to ensure the Blackheath High pioneering spirit lives on in our girls as they become young women, with the ambition, confidence, courage and intellectual rigour to flourish, no matter where their life takes them.

If you are new to the area, there plenty of opportunities to come and see us. We have regular School in Action days, and an Open Morning in Autumn, where we open the whole school and welcome you to see what makes Blackheath High such a unique environment. We also offer individual tours, which you can book by contacting the school. There is no better way to experience our vivacity and spirit than to come and book a visit with us. https://www. blackheathhighschool.gdst.net


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Our girls can explore possibilities that are simply out of this world, like studying GCSE Astronomy at the Royal Observatory.

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Fitness & Health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.

Yoga Classes with Julie

Julie teaches Hatha Yoga Classes, Pregnancy Yoga, Mummy and Baby Yoga and Active Birthing Workshops with Partners in Blackheath SE3, Lewisham SE13 and Hither Green / Lee SE12. She is calming, sensitive and very positive with an approachable manner in class and takes time to give personal support to all of her students during all group sessions. Her teaching is simple and yet very powerfulencouraging students to be guided by the rhythm of the breath.

Yoga Studio, Quaker Meeting House, 2 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath SE3 9LL.

07979 218868


CrossFit Blackheath

CrossFit Blackheath has a special focus on strength training. We passionately believe that all our members should be taught how to lift a barbell well from day 1. We love beginners, we love people who want to learn new skills, we love people who want to get better and we want to be there to guide you through your fitness journey the best we can. With a huge variety in classes from Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit, to Gymnastics and Mobility there really is something for everyone.

Shopping Centre, Unit 14 Leegate, London SE12 8SS. 020 8062 1645


Blackheath Sports Clinic: Expert

Osteopaths in London

The osteopaths at Blackheath Clinic are highly qualified healthcare professionals specialising in the effective diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and related medical problems. Pilates, Calisthenics, Yoga, Core, Mobility: Realign your body, improve posture, mobilise and stabilise the spine and joints. This is perfect for the prevention and rehabilitation of joint pains, sports injuries and movement imbalances

1A Eliot Hill, Blackheath, London SE13 7EB. 07776 420933


Blackheath Cricket Football & Lawn Tennis Club

The aim of Blackheath Sports Club is to promote quality sporting activities for our members all year round. Established over 100 years ago we are a sporting base for 4 clubs – Rugby, Cricket, Tennis and Squash. We are a family orientated members club where we cater for beginners with excellent coaching facilities up to team matches at a high level. We also have a good reputation for the provision of sport for children of all ages. For more information on the individual clubs please contact them via their websites from the links on the right. Blackheath Sports Club is ideally situated in the heart of South East London, close to local public transport routes, plus extensive onsite parking.

London SE3 8TN. 020 8858 1578


Blackheath Studio Fitness & Wellbeing

Blackheath Fitness & Wellness Studio has been designed to give you easy access to the best in Local Personal Trainers, Weight Loss Specialists, Physiotherapists and Sports Rehab Professional all under one roof! Working with friendly fitness trainers and nutritional experts you’ll feel right at home.

6A Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TA. 07980 300600


Burn It Fitness

At Burn It Fitness we have created a nonintimidating, encouraging Community of members and coaches that will make your

training experience enjoyable, and will support you to achieve lifelong health and fitness results.

188 Westcombe Hill, London SE3 7DH. 020 3601 2365


111 Pilates

111 Pilates provides Pilates classes from our Boutique studios in Greenwich and Blackheath. We offer many services towards ensuring your peak fitness and wellbeing with tailored therapies to suit individual needs. Please check our website for the large selection of classes and therapies and we will look forward to you joining us.

111 Lee Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 9DZ. 020 8318 5221


Magic of Yoga

Sivananda is rooted in the classical ‘old school’ Yoga free of fancy fusions, gimmicks or trendy marketing. It draws from ancient tried and tested wisdom with a strong emphasis on pranayama (breathing techniques for calmness of mind and well being), mindfulness and complete layer-bylayer relaxation – helping the body and mind to rejuvenate and boost the immune system from the inside out.

Te; 07961 154 444 helenknoxjohnston@yahoo.co.uk

2 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, London SE3 9LL



Local Restaurants

Tziganos - Italian & Spanish Restaurant

Tziganos is a fusions between Spainish & Italian cuisine. Everything started on April of 10 years ago. The restaurant’s first focus was on grills, then it switched to tapas to become a perfect mix of the most recognized Mediterranean cuisines: Spanish & Italian!

17 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TA. 020 8852 9226


Copper & Ink

Copper & Ink is a restaurant in the heart of Blackheath Village, offering seasonal, monthly changing menus. Run by locals Tony Rodd and Becky Cummings, it offers a relaxed environment for guests to experience that little bit of luxury. With the kitchen headed by Tony and fellow MasterChef alum, Rob Parks, dishes are influenced by classic French and modern European cuisines.

5 Lee Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ. 020 3941 9337


Buenos Aires Café

Buenos Aires Café is an authentic, family-friendly Argentinian restaurant in Blackheath, southeast London. Inspired by the restaurants of our native Buenos Aires, we serve steaks and grills, pizzas and pasta dishes and classic desserts based on old family recipes. We also have one of London’s few (and, we like to think, best) Argentine-only wine lists – with a unique array of Malbecs and other delicious reds along with some superb whites and proseccos: all of them perfect with a juicy ribeye or fillet steak, one of our legendary mixed grills or unique spatchcocked chickens. Our beef is sourced from the Pampas itself and almost everything else on the menu is homemade by our chefs, including our very popular chorizo!

7 Royal Parade, Blackheath, London SE3 0TL. 020 8318 5333


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Bianco43 Blackheath

Bianco43 is the Authentic Italian neighbourhood Pizzeria Ristorante, specialising in pizzas and traditional Italian cuisine. We bring in carefully selected ingredients directly from specific Italian regions to Bianco43 so that we can serve our customers a genuine taste of Italy. We want to give our guests the impression they are staying in a relaxing and summery Italian city restaurant by the sea.

1-3 Lee Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ. 020 8318 2700


Taste of Raj

Taste of Raj is a staple of Blackheath and London’s south-east-of-the-river community, having provided the finest Indian dishes from the same spot at 9 Royal Parade, Blackheath, for over 20 years. They are famed for their emphasis on healthy food, and their menu that showcases ethnic dishes that will delight the taste buds of curry-lovers in search of a surprise. While they offer free delivery within 3 miles of their premises, it’s worth eating in at Taste of Raj just for the views over the heath, with London’s skyline winking at you in the distance.

9 Royal Parade, Blackheath, London SE3 0TL. 020 8244 2823


The Saffron Club

Established in 2008, Saffron Club offers unique, causal joyous dining experience, serving Indian and Neplease cuisine. Saffron provides classic combination of authentic recipes with contemporary food trends. We believe that real Indian food is designed to be shared in relaxing and friendly ambience. We pay great attention to food presentation. Popular dishes include goan prawns served in coconut sauce, BBQ platter prepared in unique marinade, tandoori trout served with aubergines.

39 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0BU. 020 8297 1071


Köy Grill

In Turkish, Köy means, Village. We are the local Mediterranean Grill, with an array of vegan options. With our direct heath view, we hope you will enjoy what we offer at Köy.

10 Royal Parade, Blackheath, London SE3 0TL. 020 8318 4200



We aim to provide you with our expertise in Thai cuisine, using various Thai herbs and spices with a wide range of flavourful, classic Thai dishes and our home-from-home specials.

1 Blackheath Grove, Blackheath, London SE3 0DD. 020 8852 4710


Franco Manca

Good food takes time. That’s why, since opening our first pizzeria in Brixton Market in 2008, we’ve championed slow-rising sourdough pizza and properly sourced, small supplier, seasonal ingredients. When you eat at Franco Manca, you support people working close to the land. Small farms = Big taste

8-62 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0BN. 020 3026 8116

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Everest Inn

Everest Inn explores progressive ideas in the Nepalese and Indian cuisines while maintaining traditional integrity. Executive Chef Pandey reinterprets traditional methods and dishes in order to create the finest dishes. In the afternoon, we also offer a lunch special menu as well as our A La Carte menu.

41 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TJ. 020 8852 7872


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‘Virtually’ all you need

Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.

Blackheath Village Community London


Blackheath, SE3 - Our Community


Businesses in Blackheath


Rowley Regis & Blackheath, www.facebook.com/groups/128446832598560

Greenwich & Blackheath - Shop Local


Whats on in Oldbury Warley Brandhall Bearwood & Blackheath


Blackheath Society


Blackheath Village


Help and support from your local Council

You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/ publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm

You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.

Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about The Royal Borough of Greenwich Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Planning & Building Control

Unsure which services you need?

If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.

Please note that many developments will require both.

What is planning?

Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools).

You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:

• create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building

• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties

• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes

• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access

• change the density of development in an area

• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties

• have an effect on existing trees

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.

www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/ info/200193/planning_applications_ and_permissions

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