Woolwich is at a strategic position on the banks of the river Thames close to London and this led to the development of river crossings by ferry and foot tunnel. It is also the location of the Thames flood barrier which protects London. Its primary association was with naval dockyards and munitions for centuries but now it is being revitalized with a planned major cultural quarter and the arrival of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) in 2018.
There is evidence of Saxon and Roman occupation in this 'trading place for wool'. St Lawrence Church, built in 1100, is thought to have a pre-Norman origin and the area was associated with the Norman manor of Eltham. For over 300 years Woolwich was the home of naval and military industry including the dockyard, Royal Arsenal and Royal Ordnance and numerous regimental barracks. More recent history includes in 1974 the first McDonalds restaurant in England and the death of two people as a result of an IRA bomb. The murder of soldier Lee Rigby in 2013 brought worldwide attention to Woolwich.
Leisure & Amenities
Places to go and things to do:
- Thames Barrier
- Greenwich Heritage Centre
- Free Film Festival
- Brick Lane Music Hall
- Riverside walks
- Woolwich Common
- Oxleas Wood
Eating and drinking ideas:
- Blue Nile Cafe
- Dial Arch pub
- Cornerstone Cafe
- Woolwich Arsenal - Docklands Light Railway
- Woolwich Dockyard station for trains to Cannon Street and Charing Cross
- Woolwich Arsenal Pier - for river bus to Westminster
- From 2018 Elizabeth line (Crossrail) at Woolwich station.
Many bus routes run through the area:
- Woolwich Ferry - takes cars between north and south banks of the Thames
- Foot tunnel between north and south banks of the Thames