Hither Green is an area of London, United Kingdom, with a population of around 10,000. It is a predominantly Victorian suburban development forming part of the London Borough of Lewisham 6.6 miles (10.6 km) south east of Charing Cross, to which it is linked directly by rail, and located on the Prime Meridian south of Greenwich.
Hither Green is a classic London suburb (recently included in Time Out magazine's "Hot neighbourhoods") which grew with the expansion of the railways in the 19th century. The area is characterised by late 19th and early 20th century Victorian and Edwardian domestic architecture, most notably the Corbett Estate, built by Scottish MP and social reformer Archibald Cameron Corbett. The railway runs through the centre of the area, with Staplehurst Road and its shopping parade to the east, and Hither Green Lane to the west. The lane dates back to Roman times and runs between the Quaggy and Ravensbourne rivers.
The area benefits from three historic parks - Manor House Gardens and Manor Park to the east, and Mountsfield Park to the west. Bordering on Mountsfield Park is the former site of the grand, neo-Gothic Park Fever Hospital, later called Hither Green Hospital, which dated back to 1878. Today, all that remains of the hospital is the water tower with its large clockfaces (a local landmark which is illuminated at night), and several outbuildings. The main site has recently been redeveloped into apartments and shopping/leisure facilities named Meridian South.
Hither Green is relatively peaceful and situated close to shopping facilities in Blackheath, Lewisham and Catford. It also enjoys fast, frequent transport links to the City and West End as well as connections with the Docklands Light Railway in Lewisham and East London Line in New Cross, which closed in December 2007 and is due to reopen as the London Overground in 2010.
Hither Green railway station straddles two main lines into London with frequent services to London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, Lewisham (Docklands Light Railway), and New Cross (East London Line, due to reopen in 2010 as the London Overground). The station exits to Fernbrook Road in the east, and Springbank Road in the west.
During the morning peak hours there up to nine trains per hour leaving for central London. The last train from Charing Cross to Hither Green leaves shortly before 1am. In coming years, the area will also be connected to St Pancras International station as part of the Thameslink Programme.
To the south, Hither Green is located on the A205 South Circular road.