About The Royal Herbert Pavilions
This large residential development is set within a historic Grade II-listed building with landscaped gardens which stands on the western slopes of Shooters Hill, just a couple of miles up the road from Blackheath and Greenwich.
A short history
The original building was designed shortly after the end of the Crimea War in which Florence Nightingale had established the need for better healthcare for injured servicemen. When she returned, Florence continued her campaign for health reforms which resulted in the construction of the Royal Herbert Hospital. The architect was her nephew, and the design was based on her advice which stipulated there should be maximum daylight and fresh air intake. By 1977, however, the Royal Herbert had become superfluous to military requirements. It was saved from demolition thanks to its Grade II listing and the fact that it had been incorporated into the Woolwich Common Conservation Area. In 1990 it was bought by a developer and a scheme of 228 apartments was completed in 1995 with a bar, swimming pool, spa, gym and a tennis court.
Green spaces and going out
Ideal for those who enjoy the great outdoors, Royal Herbert Pavilions is surrounded on two sides by common land: to the north is Woolwich which spans 150 acres and, to the south, is Eltham. A short walk away lies Oxleas Woods which is one of the last remaining ancient woodlands in London and covers over 190 acres. The pubs and restaurants of Blackheath and Greenwich village are a bus ride away.
Local buses link residents to Woolwich Arsenal (18 mins) for DLR and Crossrail services. From Woolwich Arsenal there are connections to Bank via the DLR (29 mins), trains to London Bridge (24 mins) and Crossrail services. Other connections are available from Blackheath station (17 mins).
Did you know?
Kate Bush filmed the video for her 1986 song Experiment IV in the abandoned hospital building.