Town Centre Partnership

Erith is situated on the south bank of the River Thames in Kent and is located in the London Borough of Bexley approximately 16 miles south east of Central London. Erith Riverside Shopping Centre dominates the retail offer in the town, providing over 165,000 sq.ft. of retailing accommodation (45 retail units) anchored by Wilkinson Matalan and Iceland Foods. It also benefits from 147 car parking spaces and 670 close by.

Community space

We enjoy strong relationships with local schools and charities in the area encouraging them to perform in the centre at key times of the year.

Erith Riverside provides a community space that can be used by local up and coming businesses to showcase new products or services. Throughout the year groups and individuals can use the space free of charge for various time scales. (The area should be used to promote or display something engaging and of genuine interest to the community).

About Erith

The name Erith dates from Saxon times and means muddy harbour or gravelly landing place. The earliest reference to the area is in a Latin charter of 695 recording a grant by the Bishop of the East Saxons of certain lands at Erith. In early times the area may also have been known as Lesnes or Lessness and the ruins of Lesnes Abbey founded in 1178, are still visible today.

A new development by Morrisons Supermarkets Ltd on the site of the old deep wharf has significantly improved what was formerly the main industrial area and given the town a very attractive new riverfront, complete with a pier.

Excellent Transport Links

There are excellent transport links to London - Trains run frequently and journey times can be under an hour.

For more information on Erith Bus Routes, click here.

Getting here by train

The Erith railway station, managed by South Eastern Trains, is only a short walk from the town centre.

Peak service includes hourly trains from this station to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street via Woolwich and Greenwich to the west. Peak service to the east includes hourly trains to Dartford and a limited service to Crayford or Gravesend and Gillingham.

Evening, weekend, and especially Sunday train service is extremely limited.

Erith is in Travelcard zone 6.


Erith Riverside is committed to ensuring that all visitors enjoy the facilities on offer and have a perfect shopping experience every time.

The Centre offers the following:

  • Three entrances
  • Well positioned and wide parking spaces for people with mobility problems
  • Guide dogs always welcome
  • Lifts to all shopping levels