It’s easy to miss, but the complex by the river, on the Charlton-Woolwich border, is the UK’s biggest site for artists, makers and designers, with over 550 studios. Saturday will be your chance to meet them and buy their wares.
You’ll be able to see painting, drawing, fashion design, carpentry, photography, print making, picture framing, stained glass making, graphic design, film and video and much more besides.
This week’s rail and Tube strikes will wreak havoc with travel around London. The official advice is to not travel, but if you need to go, here are your options…
Trains from Charlton – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, restricted morning services on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
The only trains from Charlton station will run at 12 and 42 past the hour, stopping at Greenwich, Deptford and London Bridge only. First train at 0742, last at 1742. Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East, Westcombe Park and Maze Hill stations will be closed. There will also be no Thameslink services through central London.
Coming back, trains will run half-hourly from London Bridge to Charlton from 0804 to 1804. Similar half-hourly services are running on other lines, so you could travel to Lewisham or Blackheath and make your way back from there. (The last train of all is an Orpington service stopping at Lewisham, which leaves at 1806.)
Heading towards Kent, trains for Dartford will leave Charlton every half an hour from 0819 to 1749, calling at all stations except Woolwich Dockyard, which will be closed. There is a further train at 1816, which also won’t call at Belvedere or Slade Green. There will be no trains into Kent from Dartford.
Morning services will also be distrupted on non-strike days, with no trains expected before 0730 – check before travelling.
Tube from North Greenwich – strikes on Tuesday
No service expected from North Greenwich – or a very limited one at best. Jubilee Line should be fine on other days but extremely busy. Be warned: there is a Queen show at the O2 on Tuesday evening.
Elizabeth Line from Woolwich – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Elizabeth Line trains from Woolwich and Abbey Wood will operate at a reduced frequency as they are affected by the National Rail strike – check before travelling and be prepared to queue. Trains will run from 0700–1800. Check:National Rail Enquiries, RealTimeTrains
Docklands Light Railway from Woolwich Arsenal and Lewisham – no strike
Services will be running, but will be extremely busy. Stations shared with the Tube system (eg Bank, Stratford) may be closed on Tuesday.
London Overground from New Cross/New Cross Gate – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Affected by National Rail strike. About half of all services expected to run from 0700 to 1800 only.
Thames Clippers from Greenwich, North Greenwich and Woolwich – no strikes
Normal service, but boats will be busy. Queen show at the O2 on tube strike Tuesday will swell crowds in the evening. Services run from Barking Riverside now so Woolwich passengers won’t have first dibs on seats. Check:Thames Clippers Twitter
Buses – no strikes
They are accepting paper National Rail tickets, if you still have one of those.
Bikes – no strikes
– The Woolwich Road cycleway to Cutty Sark Gardens (be aware a small part west of there is closed), then using Cycleway 10 (the old Quietway 1) from Deptford to Waterloo may be an option if you are on two wheels.
– Alternatively, you could carry on along the Thames Cycle Path to Rotherhithe station, then turn left onto Brunel Road, which connects with Cycleway 4 to London Bridge