9 July 2020

Commercial property guide: Charlton - London

Commercial properties to rent in Charlton

History meets the modern day in Charlton, one of south east London’s most underrated yet exciting areas. It’s part of the Royal borough of Greenwich and sits on the southern bank of the River Thames. At its centre is Charlton Village, which has developed into a bustling retail hub over the years, packed with familiar brands and local businesses. To the north, Charlton’s riverside streets, including the aptly named Anchor and Hope Lane, are home to modern industrial estates just a stone’s throw from the busy docklands.

Charlton’s homes are a mix of classic Victorian buildings and modern family homes, and are generally considered more affordable than properties in other London boroughs. Many are clustered around Charlton’s green spaces, including Charlton Park, Hornfair Park and Barrack Field, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. And when it’s time to relax, there’s plenty to do here, whether you fancy a dip in the open-air Charlton Lido or stop for a bite to eat in the Village.

Though Charlton may seem like a less obvious place to base your business, the area has plenty going for it. It’s within 30 minutes’ journey of central hubs like Canary Wharf and is just a short hop from London City Airport, making it ideal if you welcome international clients regularly.

Want to find out more about living and working in Charlton? Here’s everything you need to know about the area.

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Getting around in Charlton

Charlton has one railway stationIt’s in the centre of the village, close to its retail hub. Thameslink and Southeastern services stop at the station, so you can travel across London and the south east of the country with ease.

There’s a good network of roads in and around CharltonTwo A roads run across Charlton – the A206 to the north and the A207 to the south. The bustling A2 road is just to the west of Charlton and you can follow it north through Greenwich to the Blackwall Tunnel, which runs under the river.

Charlton is within 15 minutes’ journey of an underground stationIf you need to take a trip on London’s underground, North Greenwich Station is your closest option. It’s around half an hour’s walk from the centre of Charlton Village, or a quick 15-minute bus journey. The station is on the Jubilee line, which operates services north east out to Stratford, or west through popular places like Canary Wharf, Southwark and Bond Street.

Charlton is served by a number of bus routesEleven bus services currently operate in Charlton, making it easy to travel across the city from a base here.

Two airports are within easy reach of CharltonLondon City Airport is just across the river from Charlton, although flights departing from there are largely domestic or short haul. You can get there within 20 minutes by car (depending on traffic) or half an hour if you’re using public transport. Gatwick Airport is around 50 minutes away and is a better option for long-haul flights.

There are lots of great places to eat in Charlton

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Charlton has lots of friendly coffee shops

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Charlton has lots of handy facilities

You’ll find four gyms in Charlton, including:

  • PureGym
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Bloc Fit Studio

Discover other places to stay active in and around Charlton here.

Banks and Post Offices in CharltonThere are plenty of ATMs in Charlton, particularly clustered around its main shopping area in the centre. If you’re looking for an actual bank, you’ll need to pop over to Barclays in Blackheath, or visit HSBC and Lloyds in nearby Woolwich. It’s less than a 10 minute drive, or 35 minute walk, in either direction.

Charlton Post Office is next to the railway station on Charlton Church Lane, and it’s the only post office in the area.

Where to buy groceries in CharltonYou’ll find a number of grocery stores for every budget in Charlton, including: ASDA superstore, Lidl, ALDI, three Sainsbury’s (two large stores and one local store), the Food Warehouse by Iceland and a number of independent grocers and food shops

Shopaholics will be spoilt for choice in Charlton, as there are a few retail parks, including Greenwich Shopping Park, Brocklebank Retail Park and Stone Lake Retail Park clustered around the village’s centre. Big brands like Sports Direct, Primark, JD Sports, Screwfix, Smyths Toys Superstores and more can be found in the heart of Charlton. Charlton Church Lane is also home to independent and high street stores, as well as plenty of great places to eat and drink.

Retail properties to let in Charlton

Commercial real estate agents operating in Charlton

  • Glenny LLP
  • Hindwoods Ltd
  • Kalmars
  • Strettons
  • Watson Day (Surveyors) Ltd

Realla has a number of interesting properties in Charlton – here are just a few

Commercial properties to let in Charlton

Offices to let in Charlton

Shops to let in Charlton

Industrial units to let in Charlton

Meet the neighbours – here are other business based in Charlton

  • Fossil UK
  • Alcatel Submarine Networks
  • Blooware

Offices in Charlton

Valley House

Block A, London

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Interesting facts about Charlton

During the 1800s, Charlton’s annual Horn Fair was known as one of the most outlandish and lawless events of the year. It was finally banned in the late 19th century.

Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated, was buried at St Luke’s Church in Charlton.

A church with the name of St Luke was thought to have been built in 1077 but, sadly, no trace of this building has survived. The current Grade II listed building was rebuilt in 1630.

Charlton Athletic, the area’s only football team, took home the FA Cup back in 1947.

Charlton House, which dates back to 1607, has been used as everything from a nobleman’s house to a wartime hospital to a library. It’s now Charlton’s main community centre.

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