Woolwich

Woolwich was tipped as one of London’s ‘up and coming’ neighbourhoods for a number of years. But it’s only recently been catapulted into the spotlight – namely thanks to the colossal Royal Arsenal Riverside development, and hotly anticipated in-construction properties such as Callis Yard and Trinity Walk. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in Woolwich. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Woolwich.

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Best places to live in Woolwich

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

The Thames barrier

Living in Woolwich

An eclectic mix of listed buildings and contemporary new-build flats, Woolwich offers bucketloads of culture, housing to suit every price point, and a first-rate gastronomic offering – so its growing popularity is no real mystery.

Where is Woolwich?

Woolwich is a riverside district in London’s south-east, set in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It’s three miles east of the borough’s namesake city centre and, although lesser known than its historical neighbour, it brags just as much in the way of architecture and heritage. The Woolwich area postcode is SE18.

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The History

The history books chart Woolwich as a settlement area since way back in the Medieval times. Military and naval connections, however, began in 1512. Henry VIII ordered the Royal Dockyard to be built. In the years that followed notable new establishments included The Royal Arsenal, The Royal Military Academy, The Royal Horse Artillery and The Woolwich Dockyard.

Buying and renting in Woolwich

Many of Woolwich’s historical buildings have converted into modern new homes. Royal Arsenal Riverside is the area’s most talked-about transformation – a Berkeley project covering some 88 acres. It neighbours the Thames, Woolwich’s duo of stations (and upcoming Crossrail stop) and has a buzzing retail and leisure hub at its centre. With over 5,000 homes here, made up of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and a selection of luxury suites and penthouses. Also, rated one of the best places to live in Woolwich.

Really good. Quiet happy place with great amenities. Great community spirit. The area has lots of great extra benefits including an onsite gym and local sports groups. The area is very safe with lots of parking and gated areas.” – Heena, verified resident at Royal Arsenal Riverside

Riverside development with great transport links and easy access. Developing area with cultural sites cropping up and new attractions coming to the local area. Varied properties to suit all likes and needs and prices.” – Gbrangers 24, verified resident at Royal Arsenal Riverside

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The Royal Herbert Pavilions was previously the Royal Herbert Hospital. Built in 1865 to treat the wounded military, Florence Nightingale helped with its creation. The hospital closed in the Seventies and reopened as luxury flats in 1995.

The converted apartments have retained much of the site’s traditional character, and flaunt high ceilings and sash windows. Floorplans cover one, two and three bedrooms. The décor will vary in these long-established homes, but all residents enjoy views of the immaculately tended grounds surrounding the property – there are acres of gardens and parkland here, ripe for jogging and gentle strolls.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Royal Herbert Pavilions

Then there’s The Academy – once the Royal Military Academy. This peaceful Durkan property overlooks Woolwich Common and pairs stunning period features with easy access to town. A great place to rent in Woolwich.

Those looking for something more contemporary in SE18 should consider Woolwich Central – an aptly named Spenhill scheme comprising of 259 apartments, with a Tesco Superstore onsite.

Woolwich Docks

Things to do in Woolwich

Nightlife in Woolwich centres on the area’s selection of gastropubs. Which offer typically British menus, quality craft beers and also, cosy interiors.

By day, Beresford Square Market draws the crowds – a myriad of stalls serving up sizzling street food, vintage jewellery pieces as well as, everything in between. And don’t miss the Woolwich Farmers’ Market on the second and last Saturday of every month. Hosted at Artillery Square in the Royal Arsenal Riverside development.

High street favourites like Boots and M&S line up on Woolwich High Street, which is set a little way back from the Thames. There’s also a good line in independents here – take your pick from long-standing butchers, fishmongers and grocers.

Woolwich Creative District

Being invested into a new arts and culture hub, is £31.79 million. The project involves the creation of new theatre and rehearsal space, artists’ studios, an outdoor performance venue and also, new retail outlets, set to open in 2020. Punchdrunk is one of the esteemed theatre companies rumoured to be making the move here.

Transport links

Two stations service the area – Woolwich Arsenal and Woolwich Docklands. Both are on the DLR and Southeastern North Kent lines; and provide links to the likes of Charing Cross, London Bridge, Greenwich and Stratford. Alternatively, residents can catch the ferry across the Thames – it’s free of charge and operates every few minutes.

The biggest news in Woolwich transport, though, is the all-new Elizabeth line. Which will transport commuters via a Woolwich station stop to the likes of Canary Wharf in eight minutes, Tottenham Court Road in 14 and Bond Street in 22.

You can find out more about living in the Woolwich by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover the best places to live and rent in Woolwich. Moreover, If there’s a Woolwich property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here

Reviews in Woolwich

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Not how it looks, you will leave sooner than you think

Verified Resident
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Review Date Aug 2022

public transport is great and getting to city airport Is a breeze. 2 good train lines to London,
dlr and elizabeth line so spoilt for choice. although you do hear the planes. Nice walk along the river during the day and not far from North Greenwich and o2. you also have the river boat.
can’t comment on schools, but they don’t look too promising.
given that however road transport is atrocious with roads getting blocked and cars honking particularly during rush hour. its near a roundabout that often gets stuck and you can hear people shouting and honking.
late at night you hear motorbikes in particular as well as high speed cars and often sirens.
the ferry is convenient to cross to the north as a foot passenger. on a vehicle it can add about an hour just to cross the river and is not convenient. Blackwall tunnel is a bit quicker at times bit also hectic. the road infrastructure is not at all adequate.
there are a few nice restaurants and possibly a few more in the pipeline.
mast Quay bin collection is terrible, the bin area reeks and trash is often all over the floor, and you can spot rats now and then. this is because bins are not collected often enough with trash piled high and on the ground.
you will often get youth loitering, criminals roaming and in many instances they are armed. one with a machete and a few times with knives. police do come when they are called, but it happens to often for them to do anything and there are too many routes for the criminals to escape. in saying that i haven’t personally been threatened but stories from neighbours that happened to them are insightful.
we will be moving out asap

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It is disappointing that Mast Quay has potential but suffers from unbearable issues.
The street is extremely noisy and the windows don’t seal properly. Comer Group will not you replace the windows.
There is often bike thefts and break-ins and the conceriage are not often there nor do they stop the break inside (which is fair as the thieves are often armed) which has happened on several occasions. police do nothing either.
the developers are also doing building next door which is very loud and dusty and replacing the balconies which has taken over a year and the equipment is still on the balcony, making them largely unusable for children.
Finally and most importantly the neighbours are often unruly and that includes the children. they often throw trash outside their windows and the smell of weed is rampant. if you open your window you can not avoid smelling it. with windows closed you will hear the parties and drunken shouting.
we are moving out because of this behaviour.
The conceirage were nice but most have left. although they only cover one building out the three. and since they are only in 1 building I have seen on a number of occasions men just force the building main sliding door’s open without using a key card. so not super safe. I can also not comment on the number of times you smell weed in the building and lifts. speaking of lifts, you will be lucky if one for them works and in 1 year for 7 months total one lift kept breaking down and out of service.
to be honest it’s a bit of a ghetto mentality type of people (don’t care how they look, what they do or how it affects their neighbours) in saying that there are some lovely and considerate neighbours. we however can’t stand it and will be leaving

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The building suffers from a sewage issue and the flat often smells like sewage.
I wish I knew that you couldn’t replace the windows without their permission and doing so means the whole building have to agree.
I wish I saw it during rush hour.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The building management’s theme is “sorry we can’t do anything”.
they occasionally put up letters about the smell of weed but the smell and the smoking still happen. they put up messages about the trash and throwing things from the balconies but you will see trash often.
Comer Group are incompetent and portray its a nice place to live, yet its anything but. they are more focused on the new development and selling that than maintaining the current one. mind you despite little service you will pay the service fee.

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Getting better

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Review Date Jun 2022

Close to the new Elizabeth line which adds another good mode of transport. A few restaurants in the immediate vicinity, a good events venue nearby.

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Good design but it would have been nice to have the opportunity to customise it. I don’t like how the parking process has been designated as it favoured those who broke the rules. Building management is getting better as they have been more communicative. The block is in a typically good state of repair.

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I wish I knew how often our development may get targeted by criminals as some facilities are now unusable because of this.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They have and are usually prompt which is helpful. However they do assume that you can easily take time off or work from home as they can only come during the week.

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Bargain for my money

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Review Date Jun 2022

The location is everything!!! Very accessible to shops and transportation. Not too close to the main road so it’s quiet.

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The external design lovely. The internal design could do with a bit of adjustments but overall I am satisfied. They need to work on the bedroom layout a bit more. And the building management team needs to be a bit more accessible. The communal garden needs a bit more maintenance.

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I wish I new bbqs wasn’t allowed despite me owning my flat.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They a bit slow and sometimes I have to keep chasing them up.

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Great Location Poor Property Management

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Review Date Jun 2022

Nice big open space
Cross rail
Shops
Parking
Reasonably priced

There are some really nice places to eat by the Royal Arsenal

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The property management is not the best.

Noise complaints are not dealt with and there’ has been a number of theft, the bike shed had been broken into.

The design of the building is modern and very eco friendly.

The property is nice and insulated during the winter

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About the property’s in the development that played loud music and are being used as air B&B

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

No, we have raised a number of complaints but they have not been dealt with

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