|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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 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 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. 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 and Train all providing direct connections to London's most popular tourist sites and attractions. It is so easy to get anywhere!
Take the Thames Clipper, Train or DLR 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, and Whitehall/Parliament/Big Ben).
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. All Victoria Cross medals (the highest honour in the British military) are struck from Guns residing at the 'Firepower' Museum onsite, which is believed to be the world's oldest military museum.
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.
Royal Golf - The world's oldest Golf Club, 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 at 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.
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 or family gatherings.
Andrea & Tim purchased this apartment in 2010
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' all came from the Royal Arsenal--examples of which are on display at the Firepower Museum. 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 and not be split up in order to be charged extra for an additional hotel room. 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. The kids love that there is enough room to play Twister, watch movies or retreat to their own spaces with their electronic devices. The grocery store-Tesco's, Dial Arch Pub, Cornerstone Cafe, Firepower Museum & Greenwich Heritage Centre, Thames River Walk, Woolwich Town Centre and Community Swimming Pool are just out the gate or a stone's throw away. The travel links are superb to ANYWHERE in London (DLR/Tube, Train, Thames Clipper, London City Airport & Bus)--with more options and convenience than any other location in London--even more so when CrossRail is completed.
And nothing beats the friendly and authentic welcome of the East End.
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 preserved and gated 'golden square,' and the ambiance and spaciousness of the flat are unique within both the Royal Arsenal and London. It is so easy and comfortable to get anywhere in London whether Central, East, West, North or South utilizing: the Thames Clipper, Train or DLR/Tube. 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 centre just across the road from the Royal Arsenal Development. There are six pubs/restaurants/cafes in the Royal Arsenal and two supermarkets: Marks & Spencer Food Hall & Tesco's Express.
"We had a lovely stay in your super new flat. Looking forward to the next time..."
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!
A superb apartment and location - with exceptionally helpful owners and local representative! The pre arrival information pack was very much appreciated and of real help to making the most of our holiday. The apartment itself was just as everyone has said: spacious and beautifully presented accommodation and the location just about perfect. The Arsenal is a fascinating area in itself and the Clipper and train stations for travel into central London were within very short walking distances from the apartment. We bought one day travel cards at the British rail station and then returned to the near-adjacent DLR to start our travel. (DLR into London is a great trip in itself). British rail logo travel cards allow travel all day on buses, DLR and tubes - but also give access to their many very useful 2 for 1 offers. You need to be able to print the vouchers though - we brought a small printer with us.
Holly, the owners' local representative, was always available for help and advice. I rang Holly at the Satnav's '20 minute to arrival' point and she returned home to come and meet us. The Satnav knew nothing of Woolwich traffic! It took us about 45 minutes to get through it. Holly was totally understanding and charming. Similarly, when one of our grandchildren became suddenly ill both Andrea and Holly were exceptionally helpful and understanding. In all a really great week. Thank you Andrea and family and Holly
We stayed here for 10 days at the end of October and it was delightful in every way. The flat is located in the old Woolwich Arsenal, now converted into high-end residential community. The historic buildings are lovely, and the Thames River Path is about a 50-foot walk out the front door. The view from the river into central London is endlessly fascinating.
The Woolwich city center and access to public transportation is also a short walk away. Although Woolwich is outside of central London, it is quite easy to get back and forth using the DLR, railway or bus, depending on your specific destination. There is also a the Thames Clipper ferry, which provides wonderful views of sites along the river, including Greenwich, Canary Wharf, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and, of course, the numerous bridges. It is especially enjoyable to take the ferry at night, when all the bridges and landmarks are lit up. One particular highlight for us was seeing the prime meridian marked by a green laser shining north across the night sky from the Royal Observatory's courtyard in Greenwich, as we passed it on our way home on a late ferry.
The apartment itself is lovely and full of light, and is more spacious than it appears in the photographs. The main floor is an open plan living-dining area, with a small alcove that can serve as a sleeping area. There is a large and quite comfortable couch with a matching loveseat, as well as an armchair. The kitchen is well stocked and has a large table with seating for eight. There are large windows on two sides of the room, making it bright and extremely pleasant.
The upstairs is reached by a metal circular staircase and has two bedrooms, one with twin beds and the other with an attached full bath. The beds are all very comfortable and there is a nice loveseat in the master bedroom. We shared the apartment with another couple and their two teenaged daughters, and there was plenty of room for all of us. We all looked forward to coming home—and it really did feel like home—after a long day exploring London.
Andrea was responsive and extremely helpful, both before and during our stay, and the information packet she provided was wonderfully comprehensive. All in all, it was a terrific place to stay and we hope to go back before too long.
We really enjoyed our stay, the apartment was clean and in a safe area. Stores and the rail station are close by. We'll definitely stay here again if we're in London.
This apartment is absolutely outstanding. It made our stay London a memorable experience. It is a quiet family friendly place. Located in beautiful surroundings with easy access to all types of public transportation. We look forward to return someday.
It is impeccably decorated with modern amenities. Great beds.
Communication and service by the owners was also great and they did all possible to make us feel at home.
My family and I stayed here for a total of 9 days and it was an amazing experience! From the very beginning, the owners were remarkable. They responded to emails quickly and presented an information package that left nothing to be desired. They truly thought of everything! The flat itself was luxurious and cozy at the same time. We loved having room to spread out after a long day of site seeing and riding the tube. The flat had everything we needed to feel at home. The location is perfect as well, with easy access to the train and shops and dining within walking distance. The view of the Thames was amazing and the character of the Royal Arsenal brought the history to life. We are already discussing a return trip and plan to book here! Thank you so much!!
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), Cornerstone Cafe, Taproom, Guard House,Tesco's Express and Marks & Spencer Food Hall. The Thames Clipper River Boat direct to London attractions is at the Pier. The DLR-Tube, Train & Bus also direct 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 the Woolwich Equitable and The Blue Nile -- often #1 London's TripAdvisor!). Shop at Sainsburys, Lidl, Iceland, 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 from 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 easily reached by DLR. Eltham Palace and William Morris' Red House are near by.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
*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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.