The Clarendon Hotel is comprised of a row of eighteenth century residences, originally built for City merchants and seafarers. Today, it is what many people consider the finest Georgian hotel in south-east London.
The hotel consists of 178 rooms, some with commanding views of Blackheath; open grassland with Greenwich Park, the oldest of London’s Royal Parks in the distance. Other rooms face inwards onto the large secluded walled garden to the rear, which is open to residents.
The Clarendon Hotel has been in the ownership of Michael O’Donnell for over 40 years and his love of Maritime Greenwich is reflected in some of the names of the public rooms. The Meridian Restaurant, named after the Prime Meridian of the World, located at the Royal Observatory in nearby Greenwich Park. The main bar is named after navigational charts used by sailors to navigate the globe. The Chart Bar contains a number of interesting examples on its walls.
The Goffers Lounge, which is popular for afternoon tea, does not have a maritime connection, but is named after early golfers who played on the heath from the early 17th century. The ‘Goffers’ Lounge contains many golf prints, including some that show the game being played on Blackheath.
The Clarendon Hotel is situated at the top of Blackheath Village, one of London’s last remaining villages. The hotel has commanding views across the open grassland or heath to Royal Greenwich Park.
Guests can walk down into Blackheath Village; a delight with its wonderful array of interesting and varied shops, restaurants and pubs. It is home to the Blackheath Halls, a concert venue managed by Trinity Laban; the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music & the Arts and, the newly opened Blackheath Village Centre – a library and café within Age Exchange.
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