A little bit of history
Contrary to popular belief, the name 'Blackheath' has nothing to do with the Black Death. The name derives from the colour of the soil, which looked black next to the green fields by the Thames. The heath has played host to rebels, battles, highwayman and fairs, and was made public in 1871. In the late 17th Century the area developed into one of London's wealthiest suburbs, with substantial properties being built around Greenwich Park and the heath itself.
Need to know
The first game of golf ever played in the country was on the Heath which became the original home of the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, which is the oldest golf club in the country.
Greenwich is full of boutiques selling everything from artisan ice cream and children's clothes, to haberdashery, crafts and antiques. You'll find a farmers' market in the Blackheath car park every Sunday, and you can pick up handmade goods and delicious treats at Greenwich Market every weekend. If you prefer the convenience of having everything under one roof, you're just a 15 minute drive from the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, and 20 minute drives from Bluewater.