Borough of Bexley
Sidcup is in the London Borough of Bexley in South East London and is bordered by Chislehurst, Blackfen and New Eltham. Sidcup has many parks and green open spaces, which are a remnant of the many large estates which once dominated the area. It is popular with families due to the many outstanding schools nearby. The high street has undergone a regeneration scheme in 2014.
Did you know?
- The name Sidcup derives from the word ‘Cetecopp’ which means flat-topped hill and was first used in reference to Sidcup in 1254.
- Rob Knox was murdered in Sidcup in 2008. He had recently acted in a small role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and there is now an annual Rob Knox Film Festival hosted in his memory.
- Quentin Blake, the iconic Roald Dahl illustrator, was born in Sidcup.
- Early Plastic Surgery was pioneered at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup during the First World War. Surgeon Sir Harold Gillies developed skin grafting techniques to treat soldiers with facial injuries.
Look out for
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance – London's International Drama School, hosting students from over 40 different countries who study 15 different vocational and professional degree courses, producing over 75 separate productions a year
Sidcup’s Poppy Trail – An educational family trail, following different locations important during the great war. A downloadable booklet takes you through the route and has many fun activities inside
Foots Cray Meadows – The largest public park in the borough of Bexley, the conservation area is divided by the River Cray and is surrounded by woodland
Sidcup Place – A large green area which includes the Sidcup War Memorial, a walled garden, tennis courts, and children's playground
Sidcup Leisure Centre – A local leisure centre offering a 25m swimming pool, gym, along with facilities for children's birthday parties
Sidcup hosts a Waitrose and Morrisons Supermarkets. As well as this the main high street has many independent boutiques such as Indian Rose and Kimmicass. Nearby Honeydale Farm Shop and Tearooms are great for a day out.
Moghul Indian – Traditional Indian restaurant with a selection of set menus and a la carte options
Station Road Bistro – A modern British Bistro serving a fresh, seasonal menu
Mario’s Pizzeria – Serving traditional wood-fired pizza and a selection of homemade pasta dishes
Chez Pascal – A french cafe and restaurant serving a hearty breakfast in the mornings and a French-inspired a la carte menu in the evenings
Hill Top Tap – A great pub serving craft ales, beers, and ciders as well as a fully stocked liquor bar and cocktails
The Hoppers Hut Micro-pub – A cosy pub with a large selection of beers and gin
The Tailor’s Chalk – A Weatherspoons set in an old tailor and dry cleaning shop from the 1900s
Properties in the area are a mixture of 1930s semi-detached, a large amount of Victorian period properties, and new build developments. Sought after areas include the popular county roads just off the High Street.
Sidcup to London Charing Cross in 27 minutes
Sidcup to London Cannon Street in 33 minutes
Sidcup to London Bridge in 17 minutes
Sidcup has many bus routes to surrounding areas including Bromley, Greenwich, New Cross, Orpington and Bexley. Sidcup is also close to the motorway which is convenient for London Airports and the surrounding areas.