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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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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Royal Arsenal Riverside Review

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Review Date Aug 2020

The area has two lovely local pubs, a bakery, beautiful apartment buildings and lovely walks along the Thames. There is a DLR station a 5 minute walk from the riverside so you can get to central London extremely easily. There is also a high street extremely close, Tesco express, Tesco extra and local food takeaways.

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The properties are well kept, quiet and beautiful spots to enjoy London while being a little further away from the hustle and bustle of central. The apartment buildings are well designed and modern and close to useful amenities. There is also a gym and spa that is usable for many residents in the riverside area, adding to the overall well-being of the community.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I’d known that a new yoga studio was being built – I’d have been even more excited!!

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

Very well. We have had a few issues with the water system and it has always been dealt with efficiently.

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nice development, but beware the local area and wait for the crossrail before moving

Review Date May 2020

nice new build developments which are nice to look at and live in. the immediate bubble around the development is nice.

HOWEVER, when crossing the road into the town centre, you enter a completely different part of London. Extremely impoverished, so it seems the developer’s monies have not managed to refurbish this area much. The sparkling Berkeley development couldn’t be more of a contrast to the general impoverished/rundown feeling in the rest of Woolwich. The council really needs to redirect funds to this area and make it a lot nicer!

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moved in, in anticipation of crossrail, however that seems to be permanently delayed and there’s very little to do in the local area. quite run down outside of the Berkeley bubble (which is very nice) and have been harassed a few times by local disillusioned youths.

Would definitely wait until the cross rail arrives to see if the place gets better. The price of the flats are completely inappropriate for a zone 4 location in a downtrodden area. You only need to see the amount of supply available on rightmove to know this area is going to be hit hard if there’s any type of property downturn – far too many new builds and no one willing to buy them – the typical overseas buyers go for central london

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Manager Response

Hi Jeanette – thank you for leaving a review, we are glad to hear that you enjoy the homes at Royal Arsenal Riverside. There’s a lot more development yet to come, much like the new section of the park down by the river – please make sure you check it out.

Lovely place to call home

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Review Date May 2020

Lovely community in a thriving and diverse neighborhood.

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Great sense of community! A lot of friendly young professionals live here. We have a great residents association that looks after us well. They are currently pursuing a new property management company for us. The ladies in the marketing suite are so lovely!

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

There are beautiful new buildings across the way that give a great new skyline to look at!

What is the best feature of your home:

Modern specifications with quality finishing and attractive style.

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Good place to live

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Review Date May 2020

Royal arsenal is a well designed neighbourhood which also has social places such as restaurants and pubs. The only negative side is the around of the woolwich arsenal station as it might be shady sometimes.

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Arsenal side is well designed and good neighbourhood. There is supermarket,restaurants, pubs etc. Without going outside of the arsenal side, people can spend valuable time.
The design of the streets and stores are really good proportioned. It seems like a new buildings even though most of the buildings are older than 100 years.

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Outside neighbourhood of royal arsenal

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Design of the loft as there was no window in the bedrooms.

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Hi Can, thanks for leaving a review. We enjoy the short walk to the supermarkets, pubs and restaurants too!

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