Eltham is one of the three major town centres in the Royal Borough, along with Greenwich and Woolwich. Historically important as the place where Henry VIII grew up, it is a thriving centre with a mix of national brands and independent shops.
High Street public realm
Eltham High Street is currently undergoing a £6.6m improvement scheme as part of the Council's regeneration masterplan for the town centre. Work started in February 2016. The scheme is primarily funded by Transport for London. It includes:
- better crossings
- new trees and landscaping
- widening and re-paving of footpaths
- upgraded street lighting
- more parking spaces
- introduction of a 20mph speed limit
- repositioning of some bus stops to reduce overcrowding
- improved cycle facilities and lanes
- de-cluttering of the high street.
The Council is developing a six-screen cinema complex on Eltham High Street. The complex will also house two new restaurants.
Passey place is a small public area which is used for entertainment and events, including a monthly farmers market every third Sunday of the month. It is also used by the public as a central meeting place. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the year.