London Borough of Greenwich
Woolwich is a district of south-east London within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It lies on the south bank of the River Thames and has been part of the London metropolitan area since the 19th century. The town is a river crossing point, with the Woolwich Ferry and the Woolwich foot tunnel crossing to North Woolwich in the London Docklands. Crossrail is soon coming to Woolwich 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.
- It is generally believed that the name Woolwich derives from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "trading place for wool".
Look out for
The Royal Artillery Barracks – Where the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games hosted the pistol and rifle shooting, and the archery.
Woolwich Arsenal – It is having a multi-billion pound regeneration which will make way for new homes, businesses, shops, cinema, and offices
Woolwich Town Centre is stocked with many well-known high street shops including a large Tesco Extra. Plumstead, Charlton High Street and Eltham High Street are also nearby for shops you can’t find in the area.
The Guard House – Great for a Sunday roast dinner
Woolwich Public Market – Street Feast have opened a new weekend street food stadium
Dial Arch – 18th century grand armoury converted in a pub, a perfect place for drinks
Woolwich Equitable – Former building society turned pub with rotating ales from local microbrewery Hop Stuff Brewery
Taproom – Great place to meet friends for food and craft beers
There is a large amount of Victorian streets in Woolwich 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 which has regenerated to become one of South East London’s go to locations.
Woolwich Arsenal DLR to Bank DLR in 28 minutes
The under-construction Crossrail will have a station at Woolwich
Many buses serve the SE18 area. There is also the Woolwich Ferry which transports you across the river.