Thamesmead is the district of south-east London that lies right on the very outskirts of the city, just further east of Woolwich.
Like many parts of outer London the district was rural and remote for most of its history, but as London expanded it soon became a residential suburb.
But unlike many of the other parts of London, which developed in the 19th century, this part of London was only developed in the 20th century. The area was developed as a "new town" in the 1960s and as a result much of the architecture dates from this time.
As you might expect from a 1960s development, the area can be drab and depressing in places. But it's not all bad news, for there are several parks and lakes to break up the monotony.
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