Blackheath has been described as a serene, peaceful place with an undercurrent of bustling village life. Situated close to Canary Wharf, the area draws young professionals and families who prefer the period charms of older properties to the modern apartments in the City. Only seven miles outside the centre of London, the area has managed to retain its unique, historical character and now offers village-style living complete with local stores, farmers’ markets, and regular community events.

Where is Blackheath?

Blackheath is situated in South East London predominantly within the London Borough of Lewisham.

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Transport info

Blackheath Station:
14 minutes to London Bridge
Road links:
15 minute drive to Docklands
Extensive bus routes:
Towards Westminster, Trafalgar Square and Stratford

Best local finds

Best culture:
Blackheath Art Gallery
Best shop:
The Bookshop on the Heath
Best restaurant:
Villa Moura
Best pub:
The Princess of Wales
I have just sold my wonderful flat with Fish Need Water. I have been extremely grateful for the help and support from this small agency. I was previously under the assumption that estate agents were all the same only their commission varying. However I was wrong. This is a great company which is why I am taking the time to write this review. My flat had been on the market with a large agent and it wasn't selling. James who runs Fish Need Water, had made contact via mail shot and I wasn't sure how he would compare to the bigger agents, however my flat hadn't sold and I was willing to try someone different! I can honestly say James is an outstanding salesman who breaks the typical estate agent mould and really takes care of his clients. My flat had been recently redecorated but it was fairly empty and void of furnishings. This could have been the reason why it hadn't previously enticed a buyer. When my contract term with the big agent was nearly over, I met with James who immediately pointed out the flat was bare and soulless. I appreciated his honesty and once we had agreed to work together, he suggested I cancel the contract with the other agent, remove it from Rightmove and wait a few weeks. James is a Rightmove genius and an expert in marketing. I added many soft furnishings, pictures, luxury soaps, flowers, wine and books - all following James's advice, and my flat was transformed. James worked closely with the photographer and the photos turned out incredibly well and very arty, a different league to that of the previous agent. In fact James spent the afternoon moving and repositioning items to make the photos work. He even moved all the bins from the front of the house so the street shot looked neat and welcoming. I was impressed with his enthusiasm and attention to detail. Once my flat was up again on Rightmove it soon had an offer. All the preparation work had paid off. Through the whole process I only dealt with James and his legal assistant who both worked really hard to smooth out the legal bumps and usual stresses which often occur when selling in a chain. Working with such a small team meant I never got forgotten as I was only dealing directly with James. There were no mixed messages or missed information which can happen when you work with a sales team of two or three. I would certainly use Fish Need Water again and I have already recommended this company to two of my friends. Thank you James for everything, you are a master of your craft. Rachel Russell
Excellent service and communication throughout the process. James and Susie kept us in the loop at all times and were always there with any questions or concerns we had, I would recommend to others. Paul Ruskin
James Hall and Jack Barber both worked with me to sell my 1 bedroom flat and I\'m so glad they did! From the minute I met James I could tell he was passionate about property and actually cared about your sale. On the day of taking the marketing photos, James came over an hour beforehand to style my property and clear any clutter. So many people commented on how brilliant the photos were and how much it set my flat apart from others on the market. Jack is relatively new to the business but was also really passionate, persuasive and clearly knew his stuff. Above all his professionalism and care shone through. I\'ve already recommended them to two other people looking to sell. They sold my flat quickly in a really tough market (for London flats) and I\'m so glad I went with them. They put the big high street estate agents to shame... The sales progression team also worked hard and really put me at ease through some hairy moments as we neared exchange...big shout out to Susie for a stellar job! Ellie Smith

More about Blackheath...

Blackheath is steeped in history, with its name being recorded as far back as 1166. The area’s tumultuous past saw it become the focal point for several peasant rebellions and uprisings; it was also a notorious haunt for highwaymen throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, and later it became a meeting point for the London Society for Women’s Suffrage in 1909. Blackheath takes its name from the large open grassland which separates it from Greenwich to the north and Lewisham to the south and west.

As estate agents, Blackheath provides us with a good mix of housing to offer buyers. The property landscape comprises substantial Victorian and Georgian houses (some of which have been converted into flats), Grade I and II listed buildings, and some functional post-war housing. The Cantor Estate, built by John Cantor during the 1800s and now classed as a conservation area, offers some of the area’s most sought-after properties ranging from mock-Tudor houses and Edwardian mansions to 1960s apartment blocks. The wide range of housing stock, coupled with increased interest in the area, has meant that Blackheath has gained a reputation for being more affluent and desirable than neighbouring Deptford and Lewisham.

Due to its excellent position for commuting to Canary Wharf (you can even bike commute in less than 15 minutes!), the area has seen a marked increase in investment from City workers looking for a village location within easy reach of the office. Likewise, the mix of excellent state schooling – including some schools with “Outstanding” Ofsted reports – and private schools in the area attract young families. A high percentage of people come to Blackheath as tenants and end up becoming home-buyers, eventually settling as life-long residents. As a local letting agent, SE3 is an area we believe has great buy-to-let investment potential.

Blackheath culture...

The focal point of Blackheath is the historic Heath, one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London with over 200 acres of protected common. The Heath is where community members meet and hold regular events – such as the annual fireworks display in November, which attracts more than 40,000 spectators. Blackheath has one of the oldest amenity societies in England, which promotes better living for residents and organises community days to help maintain woodland and keep the Heath litter-free. The area also has its own newspaper blog, The Blackheath Bugle.

The area has a well-established sports scene with provisions for golf, cricket, rugby and kite flying – and it is also the starting point for the London Marathon. As boasted by residents and estate agents, Blackheath has beautiful walks and several natural beauty spots which are home to myriad flora and fauna. The Duckpond on the Heath is a great place for a picnic or to feed the ducks. If you’re looking for a bit of culture, try Blackheath Arts Gallery or Blackheath Halls, a concert venue owned and managed by Trinity College of Music.

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