welcome to woolwich
Royal Arsenal Riverside, Berkeley Homes’ 5,000property transformation of Woolwich, delivers unobstructed views of the Thames, duplex layouts and access to one of the largest health clubs created for a private development in London.
Already well connected with its own DLR station, Crossrail is due to start serving the area in 2019 promising even more rapid commutes to Canary Wharf and the City as well as direct access to Heathrow Airport.
With Berkeley’s development well underway and several phases on sale, it’s little surprise there’s been a knock-on effect on Woolwich, which has seen cafes, pubs, restaurants and things to do spring up in recent years. We paid the area a visit to find a few gems prospective residents might enjoy.
The Guard House
No 1 Street, SE18 6GH The sunlit bar, enclosed with glass walls, feels almost like a greenhouse thanks to the ferns and pot plants hanging above the broad, wooden bar.
“The amount of people who come up to the bar, and I’m like, can I help you? But they’re just standing there staring at the flowers,” said The Guard House general manager Daniel Kearns.
It’s easy to see why. The restaurant-pub is gorgeously decked out with red-leather Chesterfield armchairs and booths creating a classy and comfy setting for what comes next: lunch.
“It’s all fresh British produce on the menu,” said Daniel.
“We use a variety of suppliers and fish is our thing.
“We get mackerel, plaice, lemon sole, whatever’s fresh that day – there’s always a skipper’s catch available. But for me, I love the pork belly. It looks good, smells good, tastes good.”
Rich and buttery, with a crunch of crackling and stuffed with herbaceous black pudding, the dish does indeed do all three.
As does the perfectly cooked hake, which flakes off its crispy skin onto a bed of heavily smoked bacon and Jerusalem artichokes.
“We have a new breakfast menu for people heading to work,” says Daniel. “I consistently get the sausage and egg just to make sure it’s still good.”
I don’t blame him. Add it to the list of reasons to relocate to Woolwich.
The view of Canary Wharf from Royal Arsenal Riverside, in Woolwich