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A locals' guide to SE18

"Woolwich is affordable, it has great transport links, fantastic people and the new General Gordon Place is extraordinary."

Michael Schult

"Sit back and take in the sites from south east London's modern penthouses...."

Divyesh Bhanderi

"Factory and warehouse conversions in the east end of London make characterful homes."

Stuart Harris

What is your favourite place?

Where do SE18 locals go?

Oxleas Wood Cafe and Severndroog Castle

Severndroog Castle tea rooms do super food and jolly posh teas in the considerately renovated folly albeit with sometimes random opening hours, check the website! Oxleas Wood Cafe is always open and always makes for a pleasant break with plenty of space for the kids to play and dogs to be run.

Susan Clark Interiors

A lovely independent interiors shop, selling fab pieces of furniture, fabrics, small gifts and unique cards.

ExCel Centre

There are exhibitions held here all the time - most recently ComicCon. It was also the venue for many of the events during the 2012 Olympics.

Run or Dye

The most fun you can have with a pair of trainers, never mind the mad dashing through colour stations where you're attacked with sachets of dye. There's also a music festival of colour! Run or Dye takes place not only in London, but all around the country and world.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel

A little known gem, the Sunborn is a fully functioning hotel held on a yacht next to the ExCel centre. You can go here just for the bar, as well as the half price buffet breakfast at the weekend too!


Fantastic olive bread and a great place to pick up a sneaky afternoon snack!


The food and wide range of beers brewed in house make this place so popular! They do scrumptious, fresh stonebaked pizzas and the views of Blackheath are great. A nice place for a drink and food.

Buenos Aires Café

The best Argentinian steak restaurant ever, where the walls are covered in iconic photos taken by its owner. Definitely ask for an upstairs table overlooking Blackheath.

Greenwich Park

Going for a run is never dull with this on your doorstep...

Emirates Air Line

Breathtaking views over east London.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

The observatory is a great place for all ages to visit. There are usually a number of exhibitions for all ages giving a history of time and space and the architecture is wonderful. During the evening you can see the green laser across the sky that shows the meridian line.


Such great service from this independent restaurant. The pizzas and the seafood are highly recommended!

The Cutty Sark

A really cosy pub, animal friendly, dining with a view and the best Sunday lunches in Greenwich!

National Maritime Museum

Lots of quirky installations, a great little café and an ice cream parlour here too!


An independent coffeeshop with a gorgeous sun trap of a garden that serves an amazing full brunch menu.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Woolwich, Charlton, Thamesmead, Kidbrooke, Royal Docks, Blackheath, Lee, North Greenwich, Thames and Hither Green

What do you love about SE18?

Why do you find SE18 a great place to live?


"We've lived in Shooters Hill for 11 years and it was the best decision since leaving Docklands for a professional family life. Shooters Hill is the Richmond of London South East. With Oxleas Woods & Meadows, Shooters Hill golf and tennis clubs, Eaglesfield Park, The Woodlands Farm Trust & Severndroog Castle, it's easy to forget your only 10 mins from Canary Wharf and the City of London just beyond. There's ... more

January 2018


"I like the strong sense of the past Woolwich has, combined with its vision for a better future. With its new civic facilities, its controversial yet innovative Tesco, its Grade I and II listed buildings and its new build homes, Woolwich is a hidden gem tucked away in a corner of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. And with Crossrail just a few years away, it might not stay hidden for long."

December 2014


"Woolwich is quiet and peaceful."

December 2014

Local resident

"Are the good transport links to the 02, Greenwich, shops, restuarants, schools, the variety of foods and culture, people, the parks, leisure facilities, activities, bootcamp in Trinity Burrage Road, medical facilities, houses and flats, lots to do. And of course the new Cross Rail "

October 2014

Local resident

"Everything! People, children, facilities for children, sports, leisure centres, activities, park festivals, museums, transport, schools, parks, chain walks, shops, Greenwich O2 and greenwich, just down the road, doctors, dentist, opticians, diversity. What more can one want oh and houses, and city airports, greenery."

June 2014


"I have lived in Shooters hill for the last 10 years. It is a very quiet and pleasant area. I like the woods which is near my house and the big Green attached to it, it's a great place to walk my dog and he loves it! In the snowy winter months the children use sledges to slide down the snowy steep Green. I have lived in this area the longest I have ever lived anywhere and hope to live here many more years."

May 2014

Local resident

"The greenery, the space, good transport links, the people especially, good and outstanding schools, childminders, and places to visit, the 02 Greenwich park and museums, fire power, the thames clipper, city air port royal arsenal, stratford westfield, and the new hotels, and regeneration going on. the area has a lot of history and very nice large old house, flats. wow"

April 2013


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"The first ever McDonald's UK restaurant was opened in Woolwich in 1975."

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Child-friendly activities near SE18

Rhyme Time-Slade Library

Slade Library
Slade Centre Library has free Wi-fi and computers for the community along with a wide range of titles, including children and adults. It also offers children activities such as 'rhyme time'. Libraries are places for everyone to use and enjoy. They're our community centres, information hubs, space to learn or think and make ourselves feel better. Website

Toy Library-Brookhill Children's Centre

Brookhill Children’s Centre
Greenwich Toy & Leisure Library Association offers services for children with special needs and their families/carers in Greenwich. The Toy Library provides therapeutic, educational and stimulating toys and equipment to families with the intention of promoting play and recreation as a means to the development of disabled children and young people. The Toy Library offers a wide range of services home visiting support to parents and carers, holidays and outings and access to a sensory studio. Website

Parent-Toddler Group

Trinity Community Centre
With an outdoor area filled with a slide and ride ons and toys and an art table inside. Suitable for pre-school children. Website

Glyndon Under-5s Play Centre

Glyndon Under-5s Play Centre
The centre has an outside grassy area with climbing frame/slide and a large selection of sit and ride toys, and sand and water tables. There is a large indoor play room complete with ball pool, slide and play house area. A large range of toys, bricks, puzzles, books and dressing-up clothes are available, and regular sensory play and craft activities including painting, gluing and play dough are organised. Website

Messy Morning- Slade Library

Slade Library
Slade Centre Library free Wi-fi and computers for the community along with a wide range of titles, including children and adults. It also offers children activities such as 'rhyme time'. Libraries are places for everyone to use and enjoy. They're our community centres, information hubs, space to learn or think and make ourselves feel better. Website

Japanese Mothers Group

Woolwich Centre Library
Woolwich Library is situated in the heart of Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This modern facility is conveniently located close to the town centre, making it an accessible library for all to use. Website
  1. About SE18

    SE18 is the postcode district in South East London incorporating the areas of Woolwich, Plumstead and is covered by the Greenwich and Bexley local authorities.

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