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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Nice Place with Reasonable Price

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Review Date Oct 2021

The location of this estate is good as it is close to several different supermarkets, train station, DLR station and town center (10-15 minutes walk). So it is easy to find something to eat. On the another, it is a quite place as it is not near to the main road so that there is not much noise from the traffic.
One bad side is that the common area nearby is not that clean as people seems left some rubbish that makes lots of pigeon.

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The design of the flat(one bedroom) is general good. It is simple and easy for owner to place furnitures (say enough socket for TV and Internet route in the living room). The balcony is big enough with the big windows to make sure the flat get enough light in the day time. The only down side that was one of the cupboard in kitchen is not deep enough for 10.5′ large dish. (But it just needs one or two cm that will be perfect for those dishes)
Car parking and bicycle parking are provided with enough parking space especially for bicycle.

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You may need to get prepare if you don’t want to follow the design of the furniture location as the sockets location are based on suggested furniture position like TV and working branch.

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

CS will help to arrange the time for the engineer to come to your flat to have a first investigation with a week. They will help to fix it if it is easy fix and will come back again if there is anything need further following up.

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My experience so far…

Review Date Oct 2021

Our house is in a quite place, with 10 minutes from dlr station which gives a easy access to central London. I’m quite happy about this apartment.

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Our apartment have two balconies and a very large kitchen, really good use of the space. The neighbours are friendly and it’s being a very good experience so far.
The concierge is very helpful and kind, I moved few days ago, but so far I didn’t have any problem with anything, hope it keep with the high standard. 🙂

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I looked and took my time before buying this property, and honestly I don’t think I needed to know anything else then I already did before moving in.

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

I moved in a few days ago, so so far I didn’t need to contact anyone. J

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Good and bad points about Trinity Walk

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Review Date Aug 2021

Difficult to actually cross the road to get to trinity walk from the main station as there is no traffic light.

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The design is okay. I think the concept for a 1 bedroom is probably quite identical to 2/3 bedrooms but makes no sense (I.e having 2 doors to the bathroom for a one bedroom makes no sense).

The heating rack in thr bathroom cannot be heated separately to the main heating which is not ideal

Property management with Pinnacle is not great at all.

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I wish I had known how the customer service would be with pinnacle as its awful

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Yes, any issues raised have been resolved.

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Great place for your first home

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Review Date Aug 2021

Location, location, location. With the incoming Elizabeth line, this development will surely thrive! There is a large Tesco nearby which is very convenient. In addition, the development is reasonably close (within 15-30 walking distance) to a number of parks – always a plus in a Covid era!

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I believe the development is a good one, especially for a first time buyer – the prices when I purchased the property were very reasonable given the London market and the development offers great transport links – which was and still is a crucial factor as to why I decided to buy/live here.

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I wish I knew that the Elizabeth line would not have been delayed yet again! But on the plus side, we have been waiting for so long now that hopefully it will come in soon!

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

As with any new building, we had a few minor issues which were solved very quickly and with no problems within the first 2 year Lovell guarantee period.

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