Borough of Lewisham
Grove Park is on the border of the London Borough of Lewisham and Bromley in South East London and is bordered by Sundridge Park, Bromley, Downham, Mottingham, Lee, and Catford. It is particularly attractive for commuters due to the fast train into London Bridge, from which you can access the Northern and Jubilee underground lines. The close proximity to Bromley and Blackheath also make it appealing for those looking for a home in the region of two of the most expensive areas locally whilst being much more affordable.
Did you know?
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize Winner) lived on Chinbrook Road and Acorn sold the house he once lived in. There is a 'peace garden' memorial dedicated to him in Chinbrook Meadows Park.
- The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit was set in Grove Park in a house called Three Gables (named in the book as Three Chimneys).
- Napier House, Baring Road (now the largest Territorial Army building in the country) completed in 1938 to house 600 men in two anti-aircraft searchlight units for WW2.
- World famous cricketer W.G.Grace lived on Mottingham Lane and played his penultimate game in 1914 on the cricket pitch (now owned by Eltham College) between Marvels Lane & Mottingham Lane.
- The Grove Park Workhouse (built in 1902 as one of the last workhouses to be built in this country) was commandeered as a barracks & HQ in WW1 – it has since been converted into flats known as Oldman Court on Marvels Lane.
Look out for
Sundridge Park Golf Course – This is a beautifully landscaped 36 hole golf course
The TFL 'Green Chain Walk' – This sign posted walk passes through Grove Park and is spans many green spaces in South East London. This 82 km route is divided into 11 sections
Chinbrook Meadows Park – This large park has many areas for sports and recreation, and The River Quaggy flows through Northwards
Waitrose Supermarket on Burnt Ash Lane, as well as many independent convenience stores plus Sainsbury's and Tesco's local supermarkets opposite and around Grove Park Station. Grove Park is a short train or bus ride to Bromley, where the large Glades Shopping centre hosts 135 high street stores, plus is close to the Eltham access to the A2 motorway leading to Canary Wharf in the North & Bluewater Shopping Centre in the South.
Mangal Ocakbasi Meze – Relaxing and laid back Turkish restaurant and takeaway
Peking Diner – Chinese restaurant and take away with an affordable buffet menu
Sonali Tandoori – Well known Indian restaurant serving all the favourites
The Crown Pub – Light and airy pub with different dining areas, lounge, bar and terrace seating, and private hire available
The Summerfield – Serving a great range of drinks, this pub is traditional yet has a modern twist
The Baring Hall Hotel – This strikingly decorated pub has 12 hand pumps and a great bar, as well as plenty of space for those busy evenings
Housing in Grove Park is very mixed having only really developed over the last 100 years. Grove Park Station was built in 1871 and a small collection of Victorian homes followed on Baring Road, Chinbrook Road & Coopers Lane. It became much more developed in 1920-30s when private houses were built in and around those three roads including the 'Links Estate' a luxury development opposite Sundridge Park Golf Course... but especially when 'Downham Estate' was built (the largest council estate in Europe at the time) 7000 homes from 1935-1939 which is now estimated to be over 60% privately owned due to the 'right to buy'. Amblecote Road flats and Chinbrook Crescent/Robins Court were built as military accommodation in circa 1938-1945. Grove Park Estate followed in 1940-1945.
The sought-after areas include 'The Links Estate', the Victorian properties in and around Grove Park Station, and the 1930s private houses (including semi-detached chalet bungalows) between Lee/Grove Park.
Grove Park to London Bridge in 13 minutes
Grove Park to Waterloo East in 19 minutes
Grove Park to London Cannon Street in 25 minutes
Grove Park to London Charing Cross in 25 minutes
Grove Park to Bromley North in 5 minutes
There are buses in Grove Park which link to Bromley, Lewisham, Catford, Lee, Eltham, Mottingham & Chislehurst.