Greenwich is home to the historic Penns Almshouses, a development of 10 properties with access to shared gardens, a residents’ lounge and guest facilities. Built in 1866 and renovated in 1991, the John Penn and Widow Smith Almshouses were designed to house local people over the age of 60.
Situated off Greenwich South Street not far from the green open spaces of Greenwich Park, the properties are convenient for local shops, amenities and bus/rail links. You won’t have to worry about maintenance of the buildings/grounds as they are taken care of by the Housing Manager.
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Shopping in Greenwich offers a combination of the historic Greenwich Market and quirky, independent and designer shops, plus the popular Clocktower market takes place at the weekend. Vintage fashion, designer clothes and shoe shops, books, art, records, furniture, gifts, delicatessen food and fresh meat and fish can all be purchased locally. A great variety of restaurants abound to suit every budget and taste.
For those who enjoy walking, the historic Greenwich Park offers spectacular views across the River Thames to St Paul's Cathedral and beyond. The Park is also home to the Royal Observatory and the Meridian Line. At the nearby Charlton Lido you can make use of the new 50-metre heated pool and afterwards relax on the sun terrace.
There are spectacular riverside arts, comedy and jazz festivals, dramatic action and music in Greenwich Theatre and Greenwich Playhouse plus summer concerts and theatricals in Greenwich Park and the Old Royal Naval College. Trinity College of Music is also based here, offering a variety of recitals and performances. The O2 arena, famous for top music and sporting events, is right on your doorstep, plus there is an abundance of cinemas, clubs and music venues to match every mood.
The Greenwich Heritage Centre is also worth a visit to find out about local history, whilst Britain's seafaring heritage is dramatically recreated at the National Maritime Museum.
Only 20 minutes from central London, Greenwich is easy to reach by tube, Docklands Light Railway, rail or bus. The development is conveniently situated just off the A2, giving easy access to junction 2 of the M25.
The Jubilee line of the tube network runs to nearby North Greenwich, site of the O2 and a short bus ride from the town centre, plus there are also a number of river boat services running from Greenwich Pier, managed by London River Services.
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