London area of Woolwich guide
What to do and where to stay in London's Woolwich neighbourhood
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. Landmarks include 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, and the now-closed Shakespeare Pub, famed for its monkey statue perched on the roof. There are two Thames crossing points in the area - a ferry and a foot tunnel.