Crown, Blackheath

Blackheath is one of London’s most picturesque villages and abounds with cafes, shops and of course pubs such as the Crown.

Contrary to popular myth, the name Blackheath comes from the particularly dark colour of the local soil and is not derived from the burial of plague victims back in the 17th century, although many were interred here.

Blackheath Common, dominated on its southern side by the distinctly gothic All Saints Church, is one of central London’s largest open spaces. Funfairs are regularly held here on bank holidays and it is popular with dog walkers. It is reckoned to be the best place in London to fly a kite.

Close to Blackheath you will find the historic Ranger’s House, Grade I listed and built in 1723, and also the quirky Fan Museum in Crooms Hill.

Within walking distance is Greenwich, a World Heritage Site with a number of famous visitor attractions, including the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park, with its spectacular views of the River Thames and London beyond.