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

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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

Even more developments…

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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An amazing place to live

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Review Date Dec 2020

This is a very well structured development. The are many local shops, super markets and has an excellent transport connection to City of London.

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In terms of property and building management I think I would like to see more security staff patrolling the area. As regards the facilities, the spa and the gym look amazing even though I did not manage to enjoy them due to Covid restrictions this year.

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The only thing I wish I knew is more about Woolwich, which I think is not the safest place to live. However Royal arsenal Riverside is a very safe area with wonderful parks and facilities so totally worth it.

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

I don’t think I would change anything about my flat.

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Review Date Nov 2020

I absolutely love the local markets around the community. There are plenty of shops and transport links to the city centre..

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The building is well designed and the facilities are great.
My only recommendation is regarding the management and the charging, I think should be more open and the owners could understand more where their money is going to. There are lots of maintenance happening, and I think for a new building that should be paid by the developer.

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There is lots of maintenance, especially regarding the fire system.

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

No carpets, the kitchen have plastic joints and its easy to break.

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Duncombe House

Review Date Nov 2020

The community is great, the neighbours are super friendly and helped us a lot in our move.

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I love the development and the layout. One thing I think could be improved is the telecom system to let guests in, I think it could be improved by having a phone in the flat rather than to your mobile.

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Which broadband is available in our property and the inventory prior to moving.

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The flat us bright and airy. The flat came professionally clean. The neighbours are super friendly.

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Great development – would recommend!

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Review Date Nov 2020

Lots of local shops around and some lovely cafes.

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Properties are well maintained. Good sense of community and nice green spaces. Building designs are great and concierges are very helpful. I would really recommend this area to anyone looking for a new home. Perfect distance away from city centre and enough to do to keep me busy.

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Only thing I wish the flat had was a built in microwave

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

Responses are usually very quick. Quality of amenities is of a high standard.

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