It stands to reason that being so close to Eltham Palace that Eltham should want to market itself as a tourist destination. Within walking distance from the Palace the High Street has listed buildings in spades. There are Georgian and mock Georgian; mock Tudor (fashionable in the inter-war years); Victorian and modern buildings which blend well together. With a bit of tweaking it could be something rather special and a fitting companion for its more popular neighbour the Palace. The High Street has a good range of shops, including two department stores and a surprising number of coffee shops. If you want pubs there are six that are still boozers but the oldest, The Greyhound, C17th is now an Indian restaurant.
The names of the streets running off the High Street reveal the town’s history. Roper Street is named after Margaret Roper daughter of St Thomas More. Her house, a mere ten minute walk, was in Well Hall Pleasaunce and the original Tudor barn still stands. Archery Road is, as you could guess, the place where the Royal Archers would practise. Philpot Place and Passey Place are both named after Tudor benefactors who set up charitable trusts for the citizens of Eltham.
It also boasts the world’s oldest golf course; The Royal Blackheath Golf Club. The Club House was originally known as Eltham Lodge and was built in 1664. If you’re not a member of this exclusive course you will need to wait until one of the Open House days to visit this splendid example of 17th Century Restoration architecture.