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Blackheath is a unique London environment, with a distinct ‘village feel’, located in South East London, just 5 miles/8 km from Canary Wharf and 8 miles/13 km from the centre of London.
The local area is home to well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture. At its centre, the Village offers a range of retail and gastronomic delights, including independent shops, restaurants and the long-established weekly Farmer's market. The Conservatoire is Blackheath's local independent arts centre, providing a varied mix of music, art, drama and cultural classes. Nearby Blackheath Halls, a local concert venue, is owned and managed by the Greenwich-based Trinity College of Music.
Our School is located adjacent to Greenwich Park, one of the capital's eight Royal Parks. The oldest enclosed Royal Park, Greenwich Park dates back to 1427 and offers spectacular views across the River Thames to St Paul's Cathedral and beyond. The Park offers thirteen acres of green open space, and was chosen to host the equestrian events for the 2012 London Olympic Games. It is home to the Prime Meridian Line, the Royal Observatory, and is part of the Greenwich Maritime Royal Heritage Site.
Just across the Royal Park, the riverside town of Greenwich is rich in history and culture, home to The National Maritime Museum, the Royal Naval College and the magnificently restored Cutty Sark.
Blackheath contains one of the largest areas of heathland in Greater London, which is home to flora, fauna and a notable list of wildlife. Blackheath has a rich sports heritage. Blackheath itself is notable for being the start of the world-famous annual London Marathon, and retains strong links with the world of athletics through Blackheath & Bromley Harriers. It is home to the oldest open rugby club in England, Blackheath Rugby Club, and England's oldest golf club; the Royal Blackheath Golf Club.
Bordering Blackheath, which is located in the London Borough of Greenwich, are the neighbouring London boroughs of Bromley, Lewisham and Bexley.
Transport links are strong, with direct connections to central London, Kent and South East England by road, rail and bus networks, and via the River Thames from nearby Greenwich. The school is also well connected to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and, from 2018, to Crossrail services serving Canary Wharf and London. The major A2 road passes less than five minutes away, connecting Blackheath with Docklands and the east side of London via the Blackwall Tunnel to the north, and with South East London and Kent to the south.
The photos on this page, and those in the gallery at the foot of the page, were taken by some of our students.
Click on the links below to view the following local places of interest websites:
Royal Observatory Greenwich - observatory, planetarium and Greenwich Meridian line
Cutty Sark - world famous 19th century sailing ship
Blackheath Halls - centre for music and the performing arts
The Conservatoire - local independent arts centre
Local transport links and journey planners:
DLR - Docklands Light Railway
Crossrail - cross-London rail link