London's New Town

With its numerous lakes, acres of open spaces, nature reserves, meandering riverbanks and 30,000 trees, Thamesmead is a haven for nature lovers. Kingfishers, partridges, hares, cuckoos and even seals, have all been spotted here.

The area has a fascinating history. Home to the first pioneering New Town of the 1960s and part of the vast Royal Arsenal complex that armed Britain through two world wars..

Thamesmead is rich in arts and creativity, with a year-round programme of performance art, theatre and cultural events. All of which is about to grow thanks to a £1billion transformation project  spearheaded by Peabody, London’s oldest housing association.

In addition to new homes, Peabody is providing the infrastructure to encourage more creative people, industries and ideas into the area so that nature, culture and community remain the backbone of this intriguing corner of London.

From December 2018, the Elizabeth Line will serve nearby Abbey Wood station, making Bond Street only a 25 minute trip.

Tump 53 Nature Reserve
Woodland Waters

Set in mixed woodlands and surrounded by a reed-fringed moat, this beautiful nature reserve is home to many types of wildlife. Over 60 bird species have been found here, including kingfisher, willow warblers and redpoll.

Tump 53 dates to the days when this area was largely uninhabited marshland. It was once one of the few remaining tumps which were originally built by the nearby Royal Arsenal to store gunpowder.

Many original architectural elements remain including blast walls and moats.

Tump 53 is managed by Peabody and there are regular open mornings. Please contact for more information.

Gallions Reach Park
Wildflower meados and plane spotter's hill
Gallions Park Lake 8

Gallions Reach Park is a new park created from land left vacant from the former Royal Arsenal.
The park was opened by Peabody in January 2017 and provides a beautiful natural habitat with wildflower meadows and 800 new trees.

The park connects Thamesmead’s five kilometres of river path with Gallions Hill – an artificial conical hill offering spectacular panoramic views across south east London.

Plane spotters will be in their element as they enjoy the perfect view to watch them fly to and from London City Airport.
Gallions Reach Park has entrances at the Thames Path, Miles Drive, Bailey Close and Hill View Drive.

Crossness Engines
An Industrial Ballet

Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London’s sewage system and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.​ London’s sewage system was built in response to the worsening state of the river Thames. The Great Stink of 1858 when the Palace of Westminster became uninhabitable because of the smell of the river finally convinced Parliament toact. The new sewage system was amazingly innovative and much of it is still in use today.

The Elizabeth Line
Cross London Quicker
Abbey wood.

The Elizabeth Line is on its way to Abbey Wood, Thamesmead’s nearest neighbour. The new railway is going to halve journey times to many central London destinations and make it much easier for residents and visitors to get to and from Thamesmead.  It also looks likely that the new station at Abbey Wood will make it easier to join the two halves of the town, which is rather divided by a busy road and flyover. Visitors will be able to get to Thamesmead from Bond Street in 25 minutes and from Canary Wharf to Thamesmead in just 11 minutes!

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
Outdoor Arts in Thamesmead
Fly By Nightcredit Tod Seelie courtesy Creative Time

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival are bringing outdoor arts events to Thamesmead this summer including the opening performance of the Festival and the finale.

 Fly By Night, which opens proceedings, is an epic event that sees 1500 pigeons take to the skies. A whistle signals the flock of pigeons to emerge from their purpose-built coop and elegantly twirl, swoop and glide through the skies.

The leg bands that once carried vital messages are replaced by tiny LED lights to illuminate the night sky.

The finale is a new production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing which will take place on and around the original south Thamesmead locations where the play (and 1996 Channel Four film) were set.

Why not make it a night and stay in Greenwich?

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