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Historic Royal Arsenal, Thames View, Unique Family Apt., WiFi, Great Transport

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,066 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Large-Bright-Quiet-Unique-Views-Historic w/ModCons, 2 Bedrooms/Baths, Sleeps 7

Be a part of history....A welcome respite after a day sight-seeing come 'home' to this unique and spacious, window-filled, light & sunny apartment that has 1,066 sq. feet of living space over two floors--everybody has their own area to retreat to. It is set within the exclusive and gated heritage area of the prestigious, award-winning Royal Arsenal Riverside and retains many original architectural and period features. According to English Heritage's, Survey of London, 'the Royal Arsenal is among Britain's most important historic sites.' This well-appointed, corner apartment, is on the top floor with views of the Thames River and historic Arsenal buildings. The first level consists of open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen areas--complete with hob/oven, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, microwave & washer/dryer. The spacious and bright living area has two leather sofas, armchair and an additional double sofa bed in a separate nook. Make use of the Digital HDTV, DVD player, CD, DAB radio and FREE WiFi internet. Off the entry hallway is a tiled, walk-in shower and WC with heated towel rail. A spiral staircase leads to two bedrooms, one with king bed and en suite bathroom, the other with 2/3 single beds. A baby cot is available. There are excellent direct transport options via DLR/Tube, Train, Thames Clipper & CrossRail/Underground (late 2018) to all London attractions and venues -- the O2 Dome, Royal Greenwich, Excel, Canary Wharf, London City Airport, Tower of London/Tower Bridge, former Olympic venues are minutes away. From December 2018 take the new high speed Elizabeth Line to Oxford St. & Theatreland in minutes, and directly to & from Heathrow too. Our assigned parking space is just outside the front door in the gated courtyard complete with historic cannons. 24/7 Concierge

Just beyond the gates of our historic courtyard is the Thames Clipper Pier, Wellington Park, the Greenwich Heritage Centre and Public Transport--DLR/Tube, Thames Clipper, CrossRail-Elizabeth Line and Train all providing direct connections to London's most popular tourist sites and attractions. It is so easy and quick to get anywhere!

Take the Thames Clipper, Train, DLR/Tube, CrossRail/Elizabeth Line (Underground) from the Royal Arsenal/Woolwich Arsenal direct to the O2, Royal Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge/Tower of London, Cannon Street/The City, London Bridge, Waterloo, London Eye/Southbank, Embankment/Charing Cross/Trafalgar Square, the heart of London--theatre/West End, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Oxford Street, and Whitehall/Parliament/Big Ben. No other location in London provides as many transport options to get anywhere!

History comes alive in this period warehouse building that has been sympathetically redesigned and restored to allow you to enjoy its original brick, stone and steel beam features. You can imagine yourself in 18-20th century London yet you still have all the modern conveniences and luxuries of a 21st century home! It's like being on the set of a BBC period drama.

It's so easy and comfortable to take the Train, DLR-Tube or Thames Clipper anywhere. You'll be dropped on the door step of London's most popular attractions and your bonus is breathtaking and unique views of London!

Royal Arsenal Riverside History:

In 1512, Henry VIII established a Royal Dockyard at Woolwich. His largest warship, the Henri Grâce à Dieu or the Great Harry, was built and launched here in 1514. The Arsenal, originally known as The Warren, was established as an Ordnance Storage Depot in 1671. The Royal Laboratories were added in 1696 and the Royal Brass Foundry in 1715. In 1716 Royal Artillery companies were formed by Royal Warrant. The Royal Military Academy (which has become Sandhurst) originated at the Arsenal in 1720. In 1805, King George III decreed The Warren be known as the Royal Arsenal. By this time, Woolwich was already a busy military centre. Many of the Arsenal's original buildings remain (this apartment is located in one of them), and historic artifacts are found throughout the site. The Royal Arsenal carried out armaments manufacture and explosives research for the British armed forces until it was decommissioned in 1967. For those who have an American connection, 'the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air' all came from the Royal Arsenal.

Our apartment/flat is perfectly situated for accessing all of the sites used for the London Olympics/Paralympics. Woolwich is the permanent home of an Olympics Live Big Screen in the town square and most recently broadcast the Royal Wedding of Harry & Meghan.

Royal Golf - England's oldest Golf Course (1608), the Royal Blackheath is a short drive or bus ride away and welcomes visitors for rounds of golf. The club museum contains hundreds of years of golfing artifacts and memorabilia including the world's oldest golfing medal and England's oldest golf club. The museum is set within the stunning Eltham Lodge which was completed in 1664.

Henry VIII - Eltham Palace, Henry VIII's childhood home is across the street from Eltham Lodge and welcomes visitors. Eltham Palace was Henry VIII's favourite home.

Arsenal & Charlton Football Clubs - The Arsenal Football Club (The Gunnners) was founded in 1886 onsite and matches were played behind the Dial Arch which is now a pub. Charlton Athletic Football Club is 2 miles away.

The first McDonald's in the UK opened in Woolwich, October 12, 1974.

A travelling circus or carnival often resides on the Historic Blackheath.

Visiting Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Bolelyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, is a perfect day trip by car. Also, Severndroog, Windsor, Dover or Scotney Castles.

More Details

Andrea & Tim
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, Finnish & Dutch also understood.
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Andrea & Tim

We are a family of 5 that loves London and fell in love with the Royal Arsenal Riverside and its rich history. We have lived and worked in London but have also spent time living and working abroad as both children and adults. We enjoy sharing our home with guests from all over the world--many from countries in which we have lived. Along with helping fellow Brits enjoy their Capital City or attend special events and family gatherings.

Andrea & Tim purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Andrea & Tim chose Woolwich

The Royal Arsenal provides the unique experience of living a modern life in surroundings where the entire history of the United Kingdom has evolved...and much of the world! The view and ambiance created by the flat's positioning, outlook and period features makes staying here a one-of-a-kind experience. You can stay in a 'new build' anywhere but no other location in London affords the opportunity to stay in a building/development that influenced the history of the world in such a profound way. For example, as mentioned in the American national anthem, 'the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air' came from the Royal Arsenal--examples of which are on display at the Greenwich Heritage Centre onsite.

This property is spacious and perfect for families (groups) ---particularly those with 3 or more kids, like ourselves. We believe families and friends should be able to holiday together.

In addition, its location in the Royal Arsenal itself is unique. It's the type of place that makes you want to just stay 'home', play games and watch movies together. My husband and I love to sit at the kitchen table in the morning with the sun streaming in and read the paper while looking out over the courtyard and the amazing history that surrounds us. There is enough room for the kids to play Twister, watch movies or retreat to their own spaces with their electronic devices.

Grocery stores, Dial Arch Pub, Boulangerie Jade, Con Gusto, Taproom & Hopstuff Brewery, Greenwich Heritage Centre, Thames River Walk, Woolwich Town Centre and Community Swimming Pool are just out the gate and a stone's throw away.

The travel links are superb to ANYWHERE in London (DLR/Tube, Train, Thames Clipper, London City Airport, Bus & Very soon with CrossRail-Elizabeth Line/Underground we will be minutes from Heathrow & Oxford St. -- more options and convenience than any other location in London.

And nothing in London beats a friendly and authentic East End welcome!

What makes this apartment unique

One-of-a-kind experience and location with so many transport options to hand. Our view of the Thames and historic Royal Arsenal buildings, our location within the heritage quarter and gated 'golden square,' and the ambiance, spaciousness and period features of the flat are unique within both the Royal Arsenal and London. It is also so easy and comfortable to get anywhere in London whether Central, East, West, North or South utilizing: the Thames Clipper, Train, DLR/Tube & CrossRail-Elizabeth Line/Underground. Everything you need to make your stay comfortable is either in the flat or can be easily obtained within the Royal Arsenal, or in the shopping precinct just across the road from the Royal Arsenal Development. There are six pubs/restaurants/cafes in the Royal Arsenal and three supermarkets: Marks & Spencer Food Hall, Sainsbury's Local & Tesco's Express with many more options across the street in Woolwich Centre.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an amazing stay at the Royal Arsenal! The apartment complex is in a great location and is close to a pharmacy, food store, and many places to eat. It's easy to get anywhere in London & quick! Could choose the DLR, Thames Clipper, Train or Uber! (Cross Rail will make it even easier & faster--will use for our next stay!) The apartment was very clean and neat with tons of space, and was the perfect place to stay for our vacation! Thank you!
Jan 2018
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Woolwich Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1066 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please read our Pre-Arrival Information upon booking which will help you plan for, and make the most of your stay, and constitutes our House Rules.
  • Please treat our home as you would have us treat yours if we were guests in your home.
  • Pack your sense of adventure and enjoy your stay!
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated Towel Rail, Shaver Point and Mirrored Cabinet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Heated Towel Rail, Shaver Point and Mirrored Cabinet
  • En suite bathroom has a hand basin, toilet, bath with shower and large glass screen. There is a mirrored bathroom cabinet, shelves for storage plus a shaving point and radiator. Bathroom Two is on the same floor as the lounge and kitchen. Access is from the hall. There is a large enclosed walk-in shower, basin and toilet. In addition, a mirror on one wall plus a shaving point and radiator.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , The third single in the second bedroom is a fold up bed.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Cot can be provided upon request.
  • En suite bedroom has a king size bed, bedside tables & lights, alarm clock, Corby trouser press, Venetian mirrored dresser, a two seater sofa and hanging storage. Bedroom Two has three single beds (one is a fold up bed which is stowed if not required), bedside table and light, alarm clock. There is a large chest of drawers with mirror, and hanging storage space. In the alcove of the lounge area there is a double sofa bed. Towels and bedding are provided and included in the price quoted for letting. Upon request there is also a travel cot and highchair available for use.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Digital TV, DVD, WiFi Internet, CD Stereo and DAB Radio. 24-hour Concierge has dry cleaning service & Body Workshop--Massage and Complimentary Therapy. Wellington Park & the Thames are adjacent with ConGusto. The Greenwich Heritage Museum is just outside the Wellington Park gate and around the corner. You pass the historic Dial Arch Pub, the Guard House, Boulangerie Jade & Tesco's (grocery), cash till/ATM and M&S Food Hall/Sainsbury's on your way to the DLR/Rail Station or Woolwich Market (Berefords Square) & Shopping Precinct (Powis Street). The Tap Room features the Arsenal's own craft-brewery Hop Stuff & pizza. Swimming Pool & Fitness Facilities are located at the Waterfront Leisure Centre adjacent to the Royal Arsenal site--approximately 10 minutes walk west along the Thames River. The Woolwich Free Ferry to North Woolwich is just beyond. (You pass the Thames Clipper Royal Arsenal Pier--opposite the flat--on the way.) 7R - Gym is in Gunnery Terrace at the Royal Arsenal.


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Historic Royal Arsenal, Thames View, Unique Family Apt., WiFi, Great Transport
average rating of 4.892857 based on 87 reviews
Calgary, Alberta

Top Notch!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this flat! So much character and total comfort, the perfect home base for our London city visit. We really enjoyed the quiet atmosphere at the Royal Arsenal and the Thames River Clipper and the trains still provides instant and easy access to everything London has to offer. We have travelled and stayed in many vacation rentals around the world, this one is top notch!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments! Although we strive to make all of our guests feel welcome, comfortable & at home in our special corner of the Royal Arsenal--knowing your background, knowledge & experience of holiday rentals makes your reflections particularly affirming and appreciated. Bon Voyage! We hope to welcome you back!
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Beautiful home with every amenity!

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our family of 5. The kitchen, sleeping accommodations, and living space were fabulous. The big ships happened to be at the docks when we were staying, and there were even fireworks. We used the Thames Clippers for transportation, which was very convenient and pleasant, with a Family River Roamer ticket purchased online ahead of time (it must be printed). It was ideal for getting to the Tower of London and Westminster. They have a limited schedule, and sometimes required switching boats to reach Royal Arsenal, but we planned ahead for this and enjoyed leisurely trips on the river. We have great memories of our time in London!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exhibition at Excel

  • 4 of 5

Three of us shared the apartment as we were attending an exhibition at Excel. The surrounding area is beautiful and ideal to relax in following some very long days. The apartment is comfortable clean and has enough space so that your not tripping over each other. The facilities near by are excellent with a couple of gyms, pubs and a Tesco express all within a genuine 5 minute walk, as well as the DLR station which can give you access into Bank (35-40mins). This place was great value for money and worth considering on any trip into London, the only minor issue is the parking (parking spaces are not clearly defined) but in all honesty this is no different to the rest of London and surrounding areas.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful apartment. After spending our days in the city, it was so nice to come home to such a peaceful and quiet place as the Royal Arsenal. As noted in the description, it takes 35-45 minutes to get into London Central via public transportation. For us (2 adults & 2 teenagers), the commute was part of the whole experience. Andrea was extremely helpful every step of the way and responded very quickly to any questions or concerns we had. We highly recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review and direct message. I am sharing an excerpt from the latter for future guests -- “We had a WONDERFUL time in London -- one of our best vacations ever! Your home was perfect for our family. Our 2 teenage sons loved it and even appreciated the commuting aspect of the trip. They felt like they got a real "taste" of what people do every day." As a former international education and exchange director and the mother of three (2 teens), I was heartened that your teenagers appreciated the opportunity to experience real London life surrounded by so much British History. Next time (from December 2018 on) the Elizabeth Line-CrossRail (Purple on the Tube Map) will be up and running from within the Royal Arsenal and you will be able to get direct to Oxford Street/Theatreland in 19 minutes and to Heathrow in 48 minutes, connecting for other destinations along the way. Plus, you will still have the DLR (Aqua on the Tube Map), Thames Clipper and Train with their sight-seeing opportunities above ground and direct connections to so many famous and favourite London landmarks/destinations. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Great property. Very comfortable. We loved it. It’s a little far out, but also quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our family of 7! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a "magical" and comfortable stay with plenty of space to spread out. With CrossRail coming in 2018 you'll be at Oxford Street from our home in only 20 minutes. Plus you'll still have the Thames Clipper, DLR-Tube, Train and Buses--five ways to get anywhere in London from the Royal Arsenal. I am looking forward to using CrossRail--the Elizabeth Line from Heathrow straight to our apartment in the Royal Arsenal -- in 2019!
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Great location, well equipped and perfect apartmwnr

  • 5 of 5

Good value and perfect for base for london

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Heathrow/Gatwick (London City 2 stops on DLR)
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Dial Arch Pub, Taproom, The Guard House, ConGusto
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Dover (EuroTunnel 1 hour) (Thames Clipper 5 min)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Royal Blackheath Golf Club & Thamesmead
Nearest Train
400 Metres
Woolwich Arsenal (DLR & Train) Elizabeth Line/Tube
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
M25 Junction 2
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
ConGusto, Dial Arch, Guard House, Taproom, St. Fst
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Brighton or Southend on Sea
Car: not necessary

An exciting waterfront development, The Royal Arsenal is 'among Britain's most historic sites', says English Heritage's, Survey of London. Dating from 1545, the Royal Arsenal Riverside comprises listed Georgian & Victorian buildings (several complete with their own resident ghosts!), Wellington Park, the Greenwich Heritage Centre--a museum about the Royal Arsenal & area, Dial Arch Gastro Pub (where Arsenal Football Club was founded), Boulangerie Jade, Taproom & Hopstuff Brewery, Guard House, ConGusto, Street Feast, Tesco's Express, Marks & Spencer Food Hall and Sainsbury's Local. The Thames Clipper River Boat direct to London attractions is at the Pier. CrossRail-Elizabeth Line Underground is 5 minutes walk from December 2018) The DLR-Tube, Train & Bus providing direct access to London attractions are just across the street in the Woolwich Arsenal town centre which has a lively street market, shopping precinct, additional supermarkets & restaurants/pubs (including Street Feast, the Woolwich Equitable and The Blue Nile -- often #1 on London's TripAdvisor!). Shop at Sainsbury's, Lidl, Tesco's Extra, WHSmith, Boots, Primark, TKMaxx, SuperDrug, Argos, Clark's Outlet, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, McDonald's, Domino's, Subway, Nandos, ethnic restaurants, fast food chains, pubs, banks and building societies. Take the Thames Clipper (& CrossRail from late in 2018) from within the Royal Arsenal to the O2, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Embankment/Charing Cross/Trafalgar Square & London Eye. Frequent trains direct to Charing Cross (Trafalger Square & heart of London--theatre/West End, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Whitehall/Parliament/Big Ben), London Bridge, Cannon Street and Waterloo (London Eye/Southbank). Swimming Pool and fitness facilities are on the waterfront & in the town centre. Walk/cycle along the Thames Path or Bus to Royal Greenwich (Maritime Museum, Observatory, Cutty Sark), Woolwich Free Ferry, Thames Barrier, O2 (restaurants, concerts, cinema, exhibitions, sports, theatre & cable car) & Canary Wharf. Former Olympic venues, London City Airport, ExCel Conference/Exhibition Centre (cable car), Canary Wharf & Westfield Shopping Centre are a few stops away by DLR. Eltham Palace and William Morris' Red House are near by.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $262.78

*Rates listed are for the accommodation of up to five guests. Parties of up to 5 persons will be accommodated in the two bedrooms unless agreed otherwise. Use of the lounge sofa must be arranged in advance of your arrival.

--The sixth or seventh additional guest is charged at 150 GBP per week or 25 GBP per night each.

--Towels/Bedding, Customary Cleaning, Utilities, WiFi & Parking are Included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.