The lowdown: Woolwich
Journey times from Woolwich to Canary Wharf will be eight minutes when Crossrail arrives and the council plans to redevelop three of its rundown estates - it's no wonder that commuters and investors are finding this Thames-side town increasingly appealing....
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Woolwich has a number of primary schools and two local comprehensive schools that are judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. See our full list here.
Although there is a popular new town square with a giant Tesco, Woolwich town centre is still dominated by budget stores. The town has a busy market and there are branches of TK Maxx and Primark along the main shopping street, Powis Street and the surrounding streets.
Woolwich is served by the DLR, National Rail and a Thames Clippers service. With Crossrail, the journey times will be eight minutes to Canary Wharf, 14 minutes to Liverpool Street and 22 minutes to Bond Street. Woolwich Arsenal is in Zone 4 and an annual Travelcard costs £1,844, while Woolwich Dockyard is in Zone 3 and an annual Travelcard costs £1,508.
There is a gastro pub, Dial Arch, and a popular café, Cornerstone Café, in Royal Arsenal Riverside. Blue Nile in Woolwich New Road is a popular Eritrean/Italian restaurant.
Leisure and the arts
There are two museums in the Royal Arsenal while the Woolwich Grand Theatre, which operated an arts centre and cinema, has now closed to make way for flats. The nearest council-owned swimming pool is the Waterfront Leisure Centre and Shooters Hill Golf Club has an 18-hole course with views over to Kent. See our full list here.
The Thames Path runs through Royal Arsenal Riverside. Woolwich Common is owned by the Ministry of Defence but the section south of Ha-Ha Road is open to the public. Maryon Park, Gilbert’s Pit and Maryon Wilson Park are local nature reserves while, on the Plumstead side, Shrewsbury Park has a football pitch.