With one of the longest high streets in London, visitors to Welling are sure to find something they fancy. It also has a great leisure offer with lots of popular pubs and bars. A great place to live, Welling has a variety of housing and some excellent local schools. Click the links below to find out more:
The shopping district of Welling has an established night-time economy of pubs and eateries offering excellent dining diversity along the high street which accommodates a comprehensive range of independent traders. Investment by the Council has improved public realm areas providing a more attractive and appealing shopping experience.
The average spend in Welling is higher than other town centres in the borough. The high street is made up of 49% independent shops so small business owners will quickly feel at home here! Businesses on the high street report that there is a loyal customer base and like the availability of premises.
Welling currently has a vacancy rate of 4.2%, (2016) and an average weekly footfall of 7,960 (September 2016).
Visitors travelling by rail will be pleased to hear Welling has a station that is just off the high street! Trains run regularly from Welling into Central London (London Bridge, Charing Cross, Canon Street and Victoria) and also in the other direction to Dartford and Kent. Welling will soon benefit from the new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood, just a 3 mile cycle or drive away. Regular bus services run to other parts of the borough (Bexleyheath, Crayford and Sidcup) as well as other nearby locations such as Greenwich, Woolwich and Lewisham. Local bus maps are available for the town centre. Use the widget to the right to find out how to get here!
There is a selection of on street pay and display parking on and around Welling High Street where shoppers can park for the whole day.
Average weekly rental prices are well below the London median, further detail available here.
The schools in Welling are mainly primary schools, many of which are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. Welling primary schools also pride themselves on the availability of extra curricular activities and outdoor space. There are two secondary schools in the area, both are rated outstanding by Ofsted.
Point of interest
About half way down the high street there sits an unusual sight for a modern day shopping parade – a Crimean War Cannon! It was brought home by British troops after the Crimean War and is on permanent loan to the town of Welling from the Firepower Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich. It was presented to Welling to commemorate local people who worked in munitions factories during World War One. This strong community spirit has continued into the recent redevelopment of the cannon which saw the town partnership and local schools all playing a part.
Close to the town centre is the attractive Danson House – a beautifully restored Georgian Villa in stunning grounds. Why not take a stroll around the house and gardens and then relax on the lawn with tea and cake from the house’s own tea rooms. The park also has two restaurants; The Boathouse and The Stables.
Welling Library regularly holds a variety of groups and activities that locals can get involved with – there is something for everyone from the Jane Austen Reading Group to the weekly Games Club. You can also brush up your computer skills with regular drop in and teaching sessions.
A family favourite in the borough for over 50 years is Welling’s own conference league side – Welling United. After working their way up from a small Sunday under 15s team to the Southern Conference league, the club has got a lot to be proud of – including once playing in the third round of the FA Cup!
WELLING TOWN PARTNERSHIP
The Partnership brings together businesses and members of the local community. For more information or to get involved, please click here.