Thames Barrier Annual Closure
The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. Once a year, we operate over a full tidal cycle, to test the Barrier under the highest pressure to ensure we're ready for winter.
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.
This event can be viewed from the foreshore, with our cafe open all day and guides running talks and providing regular commentary on what's going on. This is the best opportunity to see the Thames Barrier move into action.
For your visit
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.
North Woolwich Library
This is more than a library; here you'll find a homework club, model railway society, and more.
A local fixture since 1901, this pub seems untouched since its post-war refurbishment. Step back in time and enjoy a pint over a game of darts.
Art & Culture
Halloween Film Screening of Carrie
Fri 25 Oct
Get in the spooky spirit with RAW Labs’ free screening of a supernatural horror classic.
Halloween Party at the Royal Standard
Fri 1 Nov
Join this newly-opened pub for an evening of music, drinks, fancy dress and spooky fun.