London Borough of Greenwich

Plumstead is located on the eastern edge of the Borough of Greenwich. It is made up of two main areas, Plumstead Common and Plumstead High Street. Plumstead is bordered by Shooters Hill, Charlton, Eltham, Thamesmead, Woolwich, and Abbey Wood. The 1878 Plumstead Common Act protected Plumstead Common as public open space forever. Crossrail is soon coming to Woolwich and Abbey Wood, which is sure to make it a popular area.


Did you know?
  • Woolwich Ferry on John Wilson Street dates back to the 14th century and ferries cars across the Thames for free. It exists because the river is too wide at this point for a bridge and is necessary to link the North Circular Road to the South Circular Road.
  • The names Plumstead was first found in the Domesday Book in 1086 and originally referred to a place where plums grow.


Look out for

The Royal Artillery Barracks – Where the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, hosted the pistol and rifle shooting, and the archery

The Thames Path National Trail – This walk starts at the Thames Flood Barrier and continues upstream towards central London

Woolwich Arsenal – It is having a multi-billion pound regeneration which will make way for new homes, businesses, shops, cinema, and offices



Plumstead High Street is stocked with many local shops. Pedestrianised Woolwich town centre is nearby, which hosts a larger array of well known high street stores and a new large Tesco Extra. Charlton High Street and Eltham High Street are also nearby for shops you can’t find in Plumstead.



The Star – Great for a Sunday roast dinner

Capital Noodle Bar – Affordable Chinese restaurant

Woolwich Public Market – Street Feast have opened a new weekend street food stadium

D Namaste – A Nepalese restaurant serving traditional Thali



The Ship – Overlooks Plumstead common and is great for watching sports

Dial Arch – A pub set in an old munitions factory, serving great food and cask ales

The Star – A great selection of drinks and food on offer, and if you walk by you might catch their sign which will be sure to say something to brighten up your day

Woolwich Equitable – Former building society turned pub with rotating ales from local microbrewery Hop Stuff Brewery



There is a large amount of Victorian streets in Plumstead mixed with 1930s Houses as well as some ex-local authority. Sought after areas include the Laing Estate, Plumstead Common, Winn Common, and Woolwich Arsenal.



Plumstead Rail Station to London Cannon Street in 33 minutes

Woolwich Arsenal DLR to Bank DLR in 28 minutes

The under-construction Crossrail will have a station at Woolwich


Other Transport

Many Buses serve the SE18 area and N1 as well as the Woolwich Ferry which transports you across the river.


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