Greenwich's forthcoming cruise-liner terminal is helping to revitalise a neglected riverside strip between the town centre and the Greenwich Peninsula, home of the O2.
From 2017, up to 50 ships a year will dock at Enderby Wharf and, for the first time, London will be the starting and finishing point for world cruises — a major tourism boost for the area.
Until recently, the so-called Thames Path was inaccessible because of depots and disused wharves. Now the riverfront is opening up, with housing schemes bringing public space, restaurants, cafés and bars.
Alongside the terminal, Barratt is building 770 new homes. Drake House is the latest phase — flats cost from £357,000. Call 0844 811 4334. Telegraph Works, next door, was used to manufacture the first transatlantic telecommunications cables and a cross-Channel petrol pipeline to support the D-Day invasion. Here, Weston Homes is building 272 properties. Prices from £300,000. Call 01279 873333.
Nearby, New River Gardens occupies a dramatic bend of the river. The 12-acre site has landscaped gardens, underground parking, a gym, spa and crèche, while the green laser marking the meridian line from the Royal Observatory cuts through. Some flats have two balconies to maximise the sweeping views. Prices from £392,000. Call 020 3747 6111.