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This former naval hub near Greenwich declined significantly after the Second World War but is now undergoing something of a rebirth.

Thought to be a former trading place for wool, Woolwich remained a small Kentish village until it became a leading military and industrial town, site of the Woolwich Dockyard, the Royal Arsenal, the Royal Military Academy and the Royal Horse Artillery.

Arsenal FC – initially known as Dial Square – was founded in Woolwich back in 1886 before moving to Highbury in 1913.

Woolwich was the location of the UK’s first branch of McDonald’s back in 1974.


  • The Edwardian Baroque town hall
  • The 18th-century Dial Arch overlooking Dial Square
  • The impressive Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society building, complete with its Art Deco extension
  • The now-closed Shakespeare Pub, famed for its monkey statue perched on the roof

Thames crossings

There are two Thames crossing points in the area:

  • Ferry
  • Foot tunnel