Don't let the built up approach fool you: it feels positively rural when you reach this verdant, gently sloping site with its mature tree screening and spacious grounds. Good railway connections (35 mins) into Central London's attractions are within walking distance of the site. As an alternative to the busy city centre, nearby Greenwich offers its own blend of fascinating attractions. River cruises operate to the Thames Barrier and between St Paul's, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and Greenwich. Open all year, this is a busy site, popular with European visitors during the summer months.
: August in 2009
I admit the busy London scene was not my first choice of holiday destination. However, my brother and his family were coming across from Spain to visit London so it would be a good opportunity to meet up. I had to face up to the fact that my usual quiet caravanning experience was about to be shattered!
What a surprise my husband and I therefore had as we turned into the gates of Abbey Wood Caravan Site. Despite this being the busiest time of the year we were met with an air of tranquility. Out of nowhere, it seemed, we were surrounded by an abundance of trees and beautifully landscaped terraces. You wouldn’t have guessed that the site was full or even that we were just a 35 minute train journey away from London, Charing Cross. With spacious well defined pitches, the well established shrubbery added further shade and privacy. The site is cleverly designed to avoid long rows of vehicles. There are two excellent toilet blocks both with showers/privacy cubicles/veg preparation/laundry facilities, along with several well designed water and waste points. There is also an extensive play area. The recycling facilities were excellent. The Staff couldn’t do enough for you and were always tending the lawns, flower boxes and hanging baskets. The site was meticulously presented.
Abbey Wood, which is a lovely woodland area surrounding the ruins and grounds of the old Lesnes Abbey is directly opposite the site. This is a wonderful place for taking the dog for a walk or simply sitting and enjoying far reaching views over London.
The railway station is a short walk from the site and you can reach any of London’s attractions quite easily. Buses taking you into the City are also nearby.
Popular with many overseas visitors, there seemed to be a quiet respect amongst the guests and hearing several languages gently spoken gave the site a charming Mediterranean feel. Everyone was there to see and enjoy as much of London as they could cram into their few days stay and the conveniently situated site certainly allows for this.
We had a wonderful few days with my brother and his family. The peacefulness of the Abbey Wood site enabled us to recharge our batteries at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. And so, in hindsight, I will be the first to admit that I was wrong in my assumptions of London. I will happily visit Abbey Wood again and take the opportunity of exploring London further.
Abbey Wood Caravan Club Site, London
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