5 best places to live in Woolwich


Woolwich is a great place to live and work thanks to its proximity to Central London and wealth of trendy new build developments. This historic part of Southeast London has so much choice to offer both renters and buyers. Don’t know where to start? HomeViews reviewers bring you their 10 best places to live in Woolwich among its latest property developments.

Note: We know that the title says “5 best places to live in Woolwich”, but since this article was originally posted, we’ve added some new listings to the area! For the full set of all the developments HomeViews ranks in Woolwich, just click on our area guide at the bottom of the page.

What are the best new build developments to live in Woolwich?

The following list ranks the very best new developments in Woolwich, as rated by reviewers on HomeViews. Take a look and see what this exciting area can offer you.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

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Shooting to the top of the rankings for Woolwich is Royal Arsenal Riverside, a beautiful riverside neighbourhood. It offers one, two and three bedroom apartments. Additionally, residents benefit from the convenient transport links, including National Rail, DLR and the on-site Thames Clipper dock. Also, residents have access to a gym, swimming pool and a concierge.

Read reviews and details of Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18

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Climbing to number two in Woolwich, Trinity Walk is a large residential development of 445 apartments and 13 townhouses developed by Lovell Homes. Properties are available as a mix of affordable rents, private purchases or as part of the London Help-To-Buy scheme. The development itself is conveniently placed a six-minute walk from Woolwich Arsenal Station and a mile away from the new Crossrail Station at Woolwich, which has now opened for use.

Read reviews and details of Trinity Walk, SE18

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In third place is Woolwich Central, a mixed-use Spenhill development, designed by Sheppard Robson architects. The complex has a Tesco superstore located on the ground level, with 259 one, two and three-bedroom apartments situated over the retail area. Woolwich Arsenal Station is the nearest transport link, just a short walk from the development, and it offers rail and DLR services.

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In fourth place we have Mast Quay, a Comer Homes development made up of 181 apartments with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. Residents here benefit from secure parking, communal roof top gardens, a concierge and from being located 5-minutes’ walk from Woolwich Arsenal station, Woolwich Market and the high street.

Read reviews and details of Mast Quay, SE18

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In fifth, Warehouse Court offers rental apartments located within the riverside development Royal Arsenal Riverside. Each apartment features a high spec interior including a fully fitted kitchen and Karndean flooring. Also offered is 24 hour concierge service, exclusive residents gym as well as cafes and restaurants nearby.

Read reviews and details of Warehouse Court at Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18

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Lastly, The Royal Herbert Pavilions was built in 1865 as a hospital. It wasn’t reconstructed into luxury apartments until 1990 by a developer with specialist experience in historical site restoration. It is comprised of 228 apartments, the development also offers a lounge/bar converted from a vaulted brick cellar, a heated swimming pool with spa, solarium and gym.

Read reviews and details of The Royal Herbert Pavilions, SE18

Living in Woolwich – What to expect

Woolwich has plenty of big plus points – it’s well-connected, affordable, exciting, and close to the river. It’s also surprisingly pretty, given its history as London’s main military arsenal and munitions production centre. Today, the bomb and bullet factories are long gone, replaced with smart riverside apartment towers, gastropubs and regenerated spaces for fitness, the arts and independent commercial spaces to thrive.

Is Woolwich an up and coming area?

Woolwich has ben regarded as an ‘up and comer’ for years. However, we think that it has now truly ‘arrived’. Perhaps the biggest recent change to the Woolwich landscape is the Woolwich Works Project. Opened in September 2021, this is a massive undertaking by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to create a new landmark cultural hub in Woolwich. It involved the restoration of five major buildings of historic significance in the Royal Arsenal area. Now complete, it represents a 15,000-square-metre complex of theatres, dance studios and prime retail space.

What makes Woolwich a good place to live?

Woolwich Works is just the latest of the many large-scale developments that have made Woolwich into a highly desirable destination. It already has great Underground and rail connections. Also, the opening of the Elizabeth Line has made Woolwich even more accessible, with direct access to and from Central London. As an added bonus, London City airport is literally just over the river.

There are also plenty of great parks and green spaces in the area. These include Woolwich Common, and Woolwich Park, with Greenwich Park just a short drive/tube journey away.

Average property prices in Woolwich

The average property price in Woolwich in June 2024 is around £433,000 according to Rightmove. This makes the area significantly more affordable than nearby Greenwich and far below the London average of £697,000. As for renting in Woolwich, you can expect to pay around £2,000 per calendar month, with one-bedroom apartments typically going for an average of £1,770.

The property scene in Woolwich offers great variety. There’s everything from luxury apartment blocks to affordable home estate-based options. Woolwich even has a great portfolio of period homes (particularly Victorian) that help connect the area to its heritage.

Is buying in Woolwich a good investment?

Buying property in Woolwich is still a good investment in 2024. House prices stagnated in the past year, while rental rates are climbing. This makes Woolwich an excellent prospect for buy-to-let investors.

If this quick look at some of the best new developments in Woolwich has inspired you to explore the area further, take a look at our area guide. This will give you more information on what it’s like to live here, and even more developments to buy or rent in Woolwich.

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Woolwich was tipped as one of London’s ‘up and coming’ neighbourhoods for a number of years. But it’s only recently been catapulted into the spotlight – namely thanks to the colossal Royal Arsenal Riverside development, and hotly anticipated in-construction properties such as Callis Yard Read more about Woolwich

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