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Oxleas Wood Cafe and Severndroog Castle

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

Susan Clark Interiors

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

ExCel Centre

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

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

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

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

Greenwich Park

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

Emirates Air Line

Emirates Air Line

Breathtaking views over east London.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

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

The Cutty Sark

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

National Maritime Museum

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

"The Woolwich is Britain's first established building society and was formed in a pub in Woolwich in the mid-1800s."

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

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

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

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  1. 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 a wide choice of schools, lovely family friendly local church and two community pubs. Direct transport (486, 89 & 244 buses) is the only reason prices are still reasonable but if you are prepared to get to Woolwich Dockyard or Arsenal you can get trains into London or the DLR - and with Crossrail round the corner (2 stops to Canary Wharf and 2 more to Liverpool Street) that leg of your commute just got a whole lot better. Shooters Hill - The Country, in the City.

  2. 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.

  3. Woolwich is quiet and peaceful.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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Child-friendly activities near SE18

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

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

Story Time- Woolwich Library

The Woolwich Centre
Woolwich Library is situated in the heart of Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 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

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

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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