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The local’s guide to Blackheath and Greenwich

Posted at 10:45 am, July 22, 2012 in Olympics & Paralympics
Catherine Alsing

With the Olympics getting ever closer, we’ve been asking the residents of the six Olympic boroughs to tell us the best spots in their area. This week, we’re off the the royal borough of Greenwich where Catherine Alsing shares her local treasures.

Age 36 Occupation Arts marketer Where the heart is Blackheath, SE3

Nearest Olympic venue: ‘Greenwich Park is hosting equestrian events and is ten minutes from my flat.’

Why do you love it? ‘Blackheath and Greenwich boast spacious greenery, stunning architecture and an atmosphere of refined eccentricity.’

Where should we go…

To shop… ‘I go to Greenwich Market: tourists love it. A stall called The Real Baking Company makes the best salted caramel brownies. The student mix in the area means there are some great vintage shops. The Emporium is one of the best – a trove of vintage glass display cases and impeccably preserved pieces.’

To chill out… ‘Blackheath is a kite-flyer’s dream, although I’m not a fan of the pursuit! I prefer to go for a lie down on the heath with a drink and just enjoy the tranquility.’

To drink… ‘I go to The Cutty Sark Tavern, great for its views of the Thames and the O2. The Princess of Wales on the heath has a shabby-chic feel and fills up on a sunny day.’

To eat… ‘The steaks at Buenos Aires Café are fantastic. It’s quite expensive but it’s great for a birthday.’ To get some culture… Greenwich’s quirky Fan Museum is the only one in the world. And go to the beautiful Blackheath Halls for classical music and comedy.’

Do you live in one of the six Olympic boroughs? Could you be a Time Out local guide? Email londonlocal@timeout.com.

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