Warm and safe places for residents

As winter draws in and the weather takes a turn for the worse, we have been working with our local partners to identify safe places that can provide free and welcoming warm spaces for our residents.

These are non-judgemental spaces where people could visit to enjoy some company, meet new people or simply relax, read or work while staying warm.

Please let us know if you have opened a warm community space and would like to be included in our list.


All six libraries across the borough are open to everyone, offering a warm and welcoming space.

Find out more about our library opening hours and their regular events.

All our libraries have free wifi.

Christ Church, Bexleyheath Broadway, Bexleyheath, DA6 7BT

Thursday 10am to 12pm

Cakes/Biscuits and hot drinks

Further information is available on the Christ Church Bexleyheath website or by emailing revtrevorwyatt@outlook.com.

Christ Church, Sidcup, Main Road, Bexley, DA14 6NJ

Monday 9am to 1pm

Free WiFi, workspace and hot refreshments.

Further information is available on the Christ Church Sidcup website or by emailing mailto:tjparsons@tiscali.co.uk.

St Augustine, Slade Green ,Slade Green Road, Slade Green, DA8 2HX

Tuesday 11am to 2pm

Community Café registered as Warm Space Events. Dementia Friendly.

11am to 12.30pm Tea, coffee and cake and 12.30pm to 2pm Soup and sandwiches.

Further information is available from the St Augustine Website.

St John the Evangelist Church, Church Road, Sidcup DA14 6BX

Winter warmer - a space with board games, books, and places for people to chat, read, or study. Toddler play area and a quiet area for working and studying.

Free wifi. refreshments are provided including soup and hot drinks.

Every Tuesday and Saturday from 1pm to 5pm and Wednesday from 10am to 1pm.

Place of welcome - free tea, coffee and cake (every Wednesday 10am to 1pm).

St Paulinus, Crayford, Perry Street, Crayford, DA1 4RL

Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm

Cakes/Biscuits and hot drinks.

Donation of equipment (hot water bottles, flasks etc) ae welcome.

Further information is available on the St Paulinus, Crayford website or by emailing mailto:rector@stpaulinus.co.uk.

The Exchange, The Old Library, Walnut Tree Rd, Erith DA8 1RS

Thursday 11am to 7pm and Saturday 11am to 2pm.

A space for people to come to meet others, keep warm, and do things with the family, without needing to spend money. Free wifi.

The Exchange

The Holy Redeemer, Sidcup, 64 Days Lane, Sidcup, DA15 8JR

Tuesday 2 to 4pm (hot drinks, snacks, knit, natter and crochet), Wednesday 1pm to 3pm (hot drinks, cake, chat and art activities. Free WiFi and phone charging) and Friday 9am to 11am.

Donation of warm clothing Donation of equipment (hot water bottles, flasks etc);

Holy Trinity, Lamorbey, Sidcup, Corner of Hurst Road & Half Way Street, Sidcup, DA15 9AE

Daily from 10am to 2pm.

Hot Drinks are available.

Donation of warm clothing, washing facilities, donation of equipment (hot water bottles, flasks etc)

Blackfen Community Library, 7 - 9 Blackfen Parade, Blackfen DA15 9LU

Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm and Saturday 9.30am to 3pm.

Free activities, refreshments, someone to chat with, or a place to visit and simply read a book. Free wifi and computers.

Blackfen Community Library

Welling Salvation Army, 124 Welling High Street, Welling, DA161TJ

Fridays 10am to 2pm

Coffee Morning and Soup Club - no charge, but donations are welcome.

Welling Salvation Army

New Community Church, 24 Station Road, Sidcup, DA157DU

Wednesdays 9:30am to 12pm

Warm space open to everyone. Free hot drinks available plus speciality coffees available for purchase at our new coffee bar (no obligation to purchase). 

Free wifi and charging available.

Peabody - Cosy Corners

Peabody has introduced Cosy Corners at some of their community centres based in and around Thamesmead and everyone is welcome.

Each provides:

  • free tea and coffee
  • energy saving advice
  • use of charging points
  • get support and advice about the cost of living

Find out more

United Reformed Church, Geddes Place, Bexleyheath, DA6 7DJ

Warm welcome café every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 12 midday at the United Reformed Church and Thursday 10am to midday in the Hall. Free cup of tea/coffee.

The Salvation Army, Lion Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8NR

We invite you to our Warm Welcome Space open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and 2pm.

Enjoy the warmth of our new Community Centre, tea and coffee (as much as you can drink) biscuits, cakes, toast and jam, soup and a roll/bread at lunchtime.

A place to keep warm, a place to chat, do a puzzle, enjoy board games, read a newspaper, a place to knit (bring your own), do a crossword, crafts, activities for young children.

All free of charge! - All ages welcome.

For more information telephone 020 8092 7256.