Food and Drink
ON YOUR DOORSTEP
So much to see. So much to do. So much to come. That’s what we love about Charlton. An area experiencing regeneration but already well served by shops and transport.
Right on your doorstep, an ABC of all the big-name stores you need day-to-day: Asda, M&S, Next, Sainsbury’s, to name a few. And of course, a certain Swedish homestore. Costa and Starbucks fulfil your caffeine requirements – as well as some hearty greasy spoons.
But if it’s more character than convenience you’re seeking, you needn’t look far. A 15-minute stroll takes you to the wide green expanse of Charlton Park and charming Charlton Village. Or jump on the train from Charlton Station, just around the corner from Valley House, and suddenly your six minutes from Greenwich, five from Woolwich or four from Blackheath.
LIVE | LOVE | LOCAL
In the age of Uber Eats it might be all too tempting to order in to your sleek new pad, but you don’t have to stray far if you’d rather a night out. Within a few minutes walk dependable chains like Frankie & Benny’s and Nando’s rub shoulders with local favourites such as seafood restaurant Winkles, the riverside Chef House Kitchen and tempting Thai joint Cattleya.
Just over a mile away, the Greenwich peninsula, incorporating the O2, is a destination in itself for eating out with a host of restaurants, bars and clubs. But it’s beautiful old Greenwich where you’ll want to head for memorable nights out in historic hostelries. Candlelit meals in quirky independents or lazy summer lunches in gastropubs.
Maritime Greenwich has enough legendary pubs for a ship’s worth of drunken sailors. The Meantime Brewery is right here and the excellent Greenwich Union has its creations on tap. There’s the huge Trafalgar Tavern on the river, the Richard I on the fringes of leafy Greenwich Park, or perhaps most atmospheric, the Georgian Cutty Sark Tavern. Woolwich has also really come into its own recently, with Woolwich Equitable in a former building society, craft ales and pizza at the Hop Stuff Brewery, and Woolwich’s secret weapon, Dial Arch, a gastropub in part of the former Royal Arsenal.
HAVING A BALL
Charlton House is a beautifully preserved Jacobean mansion house dating from 1607. Over the years it’s served as the home of royal princes, a military hospital, museum and library and exists today as a community hub, including the tempting Mulberry Tea Rooms.
Just beyond, Charlton Park is your go-to green space for fitness. Join a local park run, use the outdoor gym and skate park, or book a football pitch. If pumping iron’s more your thing, a branch of Anytime Fitness is but a gentle jog away.
Kids and grown-ups alike will fall in love with Maryon Wilson Animal Park. Home of fur, fluff and feathers, it’s been a local fixture since 1924. Charlton Athletic is one of London’s legendary football clubs and its historic ground, The Valley, is right in your ballpark. Then there’s Charlton Lido - an iconic outdoor pool. Olympic sized, heated, open all year round. There’s also a gym, cycle studio and floodlit tennis courts. Phew! You know, it’s OK just to chill and soak up some rays on the sun terraces too…
WHAT'S AROUND YOU
With Greenwich to the west and Woolwich to the east, dull moments are not an option. Have a ramble in beautiful Greenwich Park and head up to the Royal Observatory, where the prime meridian passes through, from which all world time is measured. The park is part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, which also include the fascinating National Maritime Museum, newly reopened Queen’s House and the renovated Cutty Sark.
Out towards the river’s bend, the O2 is the busiest music venue in the world, hosting everyone from Britney to Bublé. You can catch some epic sporting fixtures here too. Or just see a film, go bowling – or even hit the roof, on the Up at the O2 Experience, a breath-taking 90-minute clamber over the iconic white canopy.
Over in Woolwich there’s heaps of green spaces and exciting places for Sundays and fun days. There’s the old Victoria Docks, the Royal Barracks (still in use) and with waterslides and wave machines, Waterfront Leisure Centre is the pool of every kid’s dreams.
There’s also a brand-new Sunday market here. Source vintage, crafts and jewellery and try some of London’s finest street food. Pure new Woolwich.