Thames Barrier Closure
The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. Spanning 520 metres across the River Thames near Woolwich, the Thames Barrier protects 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges.
It has 10 steel gates that can be raised into position across the River Thames. When raised, the main gates stand as high as a 5-storey building and as wide as the opening of Tower Bridge. Each main gate weighs 3,300 tonnes.
In addition to an annual test closure at a high spring tide, the Environment Agency schedules a closure every month for maintenance and testing, and it’s a good opportunity to see this engineering marvel in action. On the Royal Docks side of the river, Thames Barrier Park provides a perfect view as well as award-winning landscaped gardens.
For your visit
Fight For Peace
Boxing and martial arts club helping young people affected by crime and violence achieve their potential.
Food & Drink
Cosy North Woolwich curry house serving traditional Indian dishes at reasonable prices.
Food & Drink
The Royal Standard
The Royal Standard has re-opened under new management as a family-run pub that welcomes everybody, including children until 6pm.
Britannia Village & Royal Wharf Festive Programme
Fri 6–Fri 20 December
From craft workshops to singing your heart, there's plenty to enjoy in Britannia Village and Royal Wharf this festive season.
New Economy, Meet New City — Family Day
Sat 7 December
Fun for all ages with a story corner, kid-friendly debate, drawing workshops, and games.