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The New Flats At Woolwich Arsenal

I popped into the Dial Arch the other day. You’d never know you were in Woolwich there. Despite the 6 or so pumps I still found myself missing the amazing selection you find in American bars. When I went to the States I was expecting a small range consisting of something like Bud and Miller, and then maybe a Bud light if lucky. I was completely wrong, and bloody ignorant about the place. Instead I found that the micro brewing craze that has developed in the UK over the past couple of decades is huge over there, and there was an amazing range of beers in every bar I went to, whether in small towns or cities. There were plentiful IPAs, stouts, wheat beers, pilsners and loads more freely available. I must confess though I did still have a Bud. In my defence they were only $1 a pint. Oh for a Samual Adams in the hot summer sun. I’ve missed that.

So I had a couple of beers in the Dial Arch, but they were all pretty similar and nothing special. It was waggledance and Young’s Special that I had. I tried my friends Young’s pint which was similar. Can’t remember what one it was. I didn’t indulge in a bottle though as I shudder to think how expensive they’d be. A friend had a cider bottle which was £4.90 I think. Put me off. Lovely building and pub though.

So anyway while there I saw that the scaffolding was down on the new build flats directly behind. I went and took some pictures. I think the building is a handsome addition to the site. I wish stuff like this could go up a lot more widely. A solid brick building with decent sized windows and correct proportions. What do you think?

While there I saw that the car park next to the pub and through road were closed until 2014, and a warehouse had been demolished. Anyone know if Berkeley Homes have started work on the next stage?


  1. Funny enough I cycled past this today and was also pleasantly surprised by the big windows and general look of the building. Where balconies are included, they are quite plain and tasteful and the designer has resisted the urge to fit those silly (and rather pointless) ‘juliette’ balconies to every window available. Nothing hugely inspiring, but avoiding being offensive is a good start…!

  2. I like the new block.

    The Dial Arch sells Estrella Damm, so I can pretend I’m in Barcelona while sat under their heated umbrellas. The illusion doesn’t really work.

  3. Ajay

    The car park closure and warehouse demolition is part of the crossrail works.

    Having said that berkley homes have just put the plans in for the next phase which is the other side of number 1 street.

  4. Oscar


    could you please leave a link to the next phace of the Royal Arsenal.



  5. Ajay


    Application numbers 11/1632/F, 11/1631/L, 11/1630/L at

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