Extensive ancient woodland with a cafe, wonderful views south and east and hidden surprises including a terrace garden and Severndroog Castle (1784), a Grade II listed building designed as a lasting monument to the courageous seafarer, Sir William James.
Newly refurbished facility offering an Olympic size (50m) heated outdoor pool within walking distance of the Tower (turn left along Shooter’s Hill Road). More info
Capital Ring Walk
The Tower lies on this 120km inner circle walk connecting green spaces in London. More info
Charlton House (built 1607) is the finest example of Jacobean architecture in the London area and allegedly home to England’s oldest mulberry tree planted in 1608 by order of King James I.
The small landscaped Marlyon Wilson Park in Charlton features a city farm with ducks, geese, chickens a pig, and a deer enclosure.
On the other side of the large open space opposite the Tower (Woolwich Common) is Woolwich Academy (built 1805) and the Royal Dockyard at Woolwich established by Henry VIII in 1512. Elizabeth I maintained the naval connection with the addition of a ropeyard nearby in 1574. In the 2012 Olympics, the Shooting events will take place in Woolwich. The Thames Barrier (anti-flooding) is close to Woolwich and there are boats from here to the O2, Canary Wharf and Central London. Boat information