It is virtually impossible to sum up all that Blackheath has to see and do in five things, but here’s some ideas to start you off if you find yourself in the village with an hour to spare.

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News Shopper: Review: Chapters, Blackheath Village

Chapters All Day Dining

There are not many areas in south east London with such a high calibre of dining in such a concentrated area as there is in Blackheath.

Among the numerous highlights are posh restaurants (such as Chapters), high-end gastropubs (The Hare and Billet) and a hip microbrewery-cum-restaurant (Zero Degrees).

Scoop up some ice cream

News Shopper: Black Vanilla puts Christmas on ice with festive gelatos

Black Vanilla created a Christmas Pudding gelato last December

Get your fill of multi award-winning, artisan gelato in a mind-blowingly cool, ever-changing array of flavours at Black Vanilla in Tranquil Vale.

If it’s too nippy for ice cream, Blackheath Village has some great spots to grab a coffee and a cake – try Boulangerie Jade.

Live like Common people

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Sometimes the best things in life are free. Grab a kite, a football, a picnic or maybe just some friends and have some fun on the common.

Be a bookworm

News Shopper: Graham Matthews with friend Alicia Sherliker

Chislehurst author Graham Matthews' book was stocked at The Bookshop on the Heath 

One of London’s oldest second-hand bookshops, The Bookshop on the Heath, in Tranquil Vale, has a tantalising range of old, rare and collectable books, maps and posters. It’s a real treasure trove.

Visit the Halls

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There is often something intriguing going on at the 600-seat Blackheath Halls.

As well as fascinating performances, the building itself is intriguing.

It claims to be London’s oldest-surviving purpose-built cultural venue, having been built in 1895 and has hosted performances from the likes of Sir Edward Elgar.

Find out what’s on at