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Address: 1 Francis Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 5EF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 44024) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube station North Woolwich (0.9 miles)

Nearest train stations Woolwich Dockyard (0.3 miles), Woolwich Arsenal (0.6 miles), North Woolwich (0.9 miles)

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What can be said about The Kings Arms Pub in a sentence without it ending in “Eurgh”! This watering hole has a sad history, seeing as it was one of the pubs that was targeted by the IRA in the 1970’s notorious Woolwich and Guildford pub bombing, due to it proximity to Woolwich Barracks. Sorry to say that the subsequent years have been even more cruel. On entering the first thing that hits you is the noise. Did I say music? No, I said “Noise”. Situated near enough in the middle of the floor is a huge sound system that is same as you’ll find on the back a Notting Hill Carnival float. I’m really not kidding. Also the ‘No Smoking’ law apparently does not apply here. I was not in favor of the smoking ban in pubs but hat what the law says but apparently not to the baseball capped and string vested barman who smokes cigarettes quite freely behind the bar. The interior is grubby with two dozen feral street rats running freely around the bar with pool ques. Might I seek refuge in ‘The Garden’? Highly unlikely. The outside area which is now and inside area has been made so by constructing several old wooden doors around the exterior to construct a wall, covered with a sheet of plastic tarpaulin. The ‘garden furniture’ is a mish-mash of what you’d find in a piss-poor charity shop and what ever left garden furniture could be salvaged from a skip. The beer is dear, the glasses dirty and over all it’s quite frankly a dump. This pub is located within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, a borough that has seen many historical pubs close without the Councils consent, Tsk Tsk, yet this abomination is allowed to function. If it were a dog you’d have it put to sleep, if it were a person you’d pay half o’ penny to see it in a Victorian Freak Show. In all, I’d say avoid it like the plague as that is probably what you might catch there.
DOGBOTTLE - 14 Jul 2014 17:07

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