WoolwichWoolwich is located in London's Royal Borough of Greenwich, a district in south London. Woolwich formed part of Kent until 1889 when the County of London was created. It is notable as a river crossing point, having the Woolwich Free Ferry (and the lesser-known Woolwich foot tunnel) to North Woolwich. Once redevelopment of the former Royal Arsenal site began, Woolwich started to enjoy a small renaissance. Several High Street chains previously absent from Woolwich have opened branches, and longer-established shops have been refurbished. General Gordon Square is in the heart of Woolwich and has a big TV screen showing major sporting and cultural events. There are also trendy bars, restaurants, coffee shops, the DLR and Woolwich Arsenal train station. Nearby is the new Woowlich Centre, housing council services and an extensive public library.
Woolwich hosted part of the Olympic Games in 2012 at the Woolwich Army Barracks on Woolwich Common. The Barracks are home to The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
Situated on the River Thames, London's Royal Borough of Greenwich is a World Heritage Maritime Site and famous for such landmarks as the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time, the National Maritime Museum, the O2 Arena and London's oldest Royal Park where the London Olympic equestrian events were held. Greenwich University, Ravensborne Art College, Trinity College London and Trinity Laban are also located here. Set within stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, are fashionable bars, cafes, and excellent restaurants.
PlumsteadPlumstead offers multi-cultural living in an exceptionally well connected location set with the River Thames as a backdrop. Plumstead’s heart lies at Plumstead Common, a wide open space in the centre of the town. It is where Arsenal Football Club was founded, with a team of men from the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich training on the common from 1886 and 1913. Ex-Arsenal footballer Ian Wright is from Woolwich, while snooker player Steve Davies was brought up in Plumstead. Plumstead Common has tennis courts, a rugby pitch and a lawn bowls club, while the Make Merry and other community festivals are held on the common.
Neighbouring Winn’s Common is a more rugged area with a fitness trail. Woolwich Common regularly hosts fairgrounds and circuses. Oxleas Woods and Shrewsbury Park can be found between Shooters Hill and Plumstead. The military theme continues at the Royal Arsenal, which is home to Firepower – an interactive museum detailing the UK’s war history.
Abbey WoodAbbey Wood is a suburb mainly in London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich, but a smaller part is also within the borders of the Borough of Bexley. It is less than ten miles east of Charing Cross, and has excellent transport links including Abbey Wood Railway station, with regular trains to London Bridge and London Charing Cross.
Abbey Wood has a number of local attractions and areas of interest including Lessness Abbey Ancient Woodland with diverse wildlife habitats plants and flowers; the woods were named after the adjacent ruins of Lessness Abbey (founded in 1178). Nearby Bostall Heath part of the Green Chain Walk Network and Bostall Woods are home to a Bowling Green and football facilities.