Blackheath stretches across the very top of south east London from Greenwich Park into the cosmopolitan, pretty village. It’s often a bit breezy across the Heath so it’s a favourite spot for kite flyers, wind-skateboarders and dogs.
It’s always been a great meeting point for crowds – Wat Tyler’s revolting peasants gathered here in 1381, for example. Nowadays it’s home to fun fairs, a music festival, lots of weekend football pitches and the start of the London Marathon.
There’s an exciting urban myth that Blackheath was named that way because it was a plague pit in medieval times! All wrong, sadly – it was probably called Blackheath after the colour of the soil, which is nowhere near as exciting.
Today it’s a busy hub of café-culture and home to an excellent Sunday Farmer’s Market, where you can find lots of lovely locally grown vegetables to go with your Sunday roast.