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.

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Woolwich Hotels

in or near Woolwich
Holiday Inn Express London Excel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
1018 Dockside Road, E162FQ
The Holiday Inn Express London - ExCeL offers simple, affordable accommodation that's ideally located if you're attending an exhibition or event at the exhibition centre. It's ... More
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - ExCel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Excel Royal Victoria Dock, E16
Set in an idyllic waterfront location, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel ExCel offers four-star facilities in an impressive new contemporary development. Set in the heart of ... More
Crowne Plaza London Docklands
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Western Gateway, E16
The Crowne Plaza Docklands is the main hotel for the giant ExCel Centre. It's a great place to stay if you're visiting a conference or exhibition, ... More

Woolwich Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Woolwich
Royal Albert Dock
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Connaught Road, Silvertown, Woolwich, London E16
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Royal Victoria Dock
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Connaught Road, Woolwich, London E16
A beneficiary of the Docklands regeneration scheme, Royal Victoria Dock offers panoramic views over the water with the modern structures and the ExCel London Exhibition Centre ... More

Woolwich Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Woolwich London?
Rhodes BBQ
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
Unit F, Standard Industrial Estate, Henley Road, Woolwich, London E16
Takeaway, slow cooked just like in the States. ... More
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