London Borough of Lewisham

Sydenham is located in the London Borough of Lewisham in South East London. It is bordered by Penge, Beckenham, Catford, Crystal Palace, and Forest Hill. It is located near many green areas such as Crystal Palace Park and its Dinosaurs, Dulwich Woods, Mayow Park and Wells Park, which makes it great for families and children.


Did you know?
  • In 1851 the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park was housed in an immense glass building, called the Crystal Palace. In 1854 the building was dismantled and re-erected in Sydenham Park (now Crystal Palace Park), but has since burnt down
  • David Bowie spent five years living in Sydenham in his youth
  • In 2005 the Beast of Sydenham terrorised the area. It was a large, panther-like black animal, and actually attacked a man. The beast was said to be 6 ft in length and 3 ft in height


Look out for

Sydenham Arts Festival – Hosted by Sydenham Arts charity, this free annual festival features music, theatre, film, and spoken word

Cobbs Corner – Cobbs Corner was initially a draper’s shop at 291-307 Kirkdale run by Walter Cobb. This shop grew into a large department store which catered to the elite in the area. On the building, you can see an imposing dome with the date of the building on

Mayow Park, Alexandra Recreation Ground, & Sydenham Wells Park, as well as the nearby Crystal Palace park and Beckenham Place park.



Sydenham high street has many high street and boutique shops, national banks and supermarkets. Bell Green retail park hosts a Next, Aldi, B&Q & Currys, with a Sainsbury's and Sports Direct nearby.



Trattoria Raffaele – A popular family-run Italian

Cobb’s Corner Cafe – A independent cafe and deli serving traditional British food with a Caribbean twist

Ghurka Cafe – A restaurant and takeaway serving traditional Indian curries and Nepalese specialities

Nandos – This popular chain has recently opened a brand new restaurant in Sydenham centre, serving an ever-popular Peri-Peri Chicken menu



The Dolphin – A cosy pub serving good food and drinks, with a beer garden for sunny days

The Greyhound – A light and airy pub tastefully decorated inside



Housing in the area is very diverse. It is mostly formed of Victorian and Edwardian facades that continue to 1920s and 1930s. There is also a small selection of mid-century properties. Within the last three to six years a selection of new build properties has also cropped up. Sought after areas include Lawrie Park Triangle, Thorpe conservation area, Cobbs corner conservation area, and Upper and Lower Sydenham.



Sydenham to Shoreditch High Street in 25 minutes

Sydenham to London Victoria in 39 minutes

Sydenham to London Bridge in 20 minutes

Penge East to Victoria in 15-20 minutes


Other Transport

In Sydenham, there are many bus routes to nearby Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Lewisham, and Central London.


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