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Moving to Sidcup: A guide to living and working in Sidcup

Located in the London Borough of Bexley in South East London, Sidcup is close to Chislehurst, Blackfen and New Eltham.

Just 12 miles outside the centre of London, yet on the edge of open countryside, the area is becoming increasingly popular with younger buyers as well as those looking to downsize and enjoy a slower pace of life.  An excellent choice of leading schools also attracts families to the area.

Average house prices in Sidcup

Properties in Sidcup range from modern one-bedroom flats, to spacious five-bedroom detached houses. There are lots of semi-detached 1930s homes in the area, as well as Victorian and 60s properties.

According to Right Move, in 2019, the overall average cost of a property in Sidcup was £398,486. The majority of these properties were semi-detached, selling for an average price of £477,328, followed by terraced properties (£369,401) and flats, which reached an average price of £260,958.

Average 2019 house prices in Sidcup were up three percent on the previous year, and up four percent on the 2017 average cost of £381,427. Compared to prices in neighbouring areas, Sidcup properties are generally similar to those in Foots Cray (£382,607), Albany Park (£403,607) and Blackfen (£411,526).

Christchurch, Priestlands Church Avenue, Stanhope, Walton and Melville are amongst the most popular areas among those buying in Sidcup.

House rental prices in Sidcup

Although there are limited rental properties in Sidcup, the amount is increasing. It is possible to find a home to rent in the area.

According to home.co.uk, there are currently 29 properties to rent in Sidcup, with the average rent being £1,122pcm. The vast majority of properties on the rental market are flats, with most having two bedrooms.

Areas nearby

Sitting at the point where south east London meets Kent, Sidcup is close to Bexley, Welling, Chislehurst and Eltham, as well as Blackheath and Greenwich. Sidcup’s neighbourhoods include Foots Cray, North Cray, Longlands, Ruxley, Blackfen and Lamorbey.

Transport links in Sidcup

Around 12 miles from the centre of London, within the boundary of the M25, Sidcup is popular amongst professionals working in the city, thanks to the plenty of transport links and quick travel times into the heart of the capital.

For those working outside the town, the A20 London to Dover road is close by, while Sidcup Station has trains to Cannon Street via London Bridge, as well as Charing Cross via London Bridge and Waterloo East. It takes approximately 22 minutes to reach London Bridge, making it ideal for commuters.

Schools in Sidcup

There are a number of prep schools and grammar schools within Sidcup, including Merton Court, Benedict House and West Lodge, making the town a popular place for families to live. The town also offers some great state primary and secondary schools, including Birbeck Primary School, Hurst Primary School, Cleve Park and Bexley Grammar School.

In addition to this, two of the most popular performing arts schools in the South East, The Bird College and The Rose Bruford College, are also in the area.

Things to do in Sidcup

As well as the transport links and close proximity to the centre of London, Sidcup’s popularity also stems from its many amenities.

Sidcup is home a number of high street stores and supermarkets, as well as a host of cool and quirky independent boutiques. Sidcup Leisure Centre has a 25m swimming pool and a well-equipped gym, while Sidcup Place offers tennis courts and a children’s playground within a large green area. There’s also a golf course and plenty of parks and open spaces.

And, when it comes to restaurants, there’s plenty of great eateries to choose from, including Moghul Indian, Station Road Bistro, Mario’s Pizzeria and Chez Pascal, as well as the usual high street chains.

If sports are more your thing, the town has a non-league football club, Sporting Club Thamesmead FC, while Sidcup Sports Club is home to the local rugby club and cricket club.

Living in Sidcup – Additional information

There is a hospital in Sidcup – Queen Mary’s Hospital. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and Darent Hospital in Dartford are also close by.

Sidcup history

Sidcup has a long, interesting history.

The earliest records of Sidcup date back to the thirteenth century, when King Henry VIII ruled the country, and there has been a settlement on the site since 1254.

The name ‘Sidcup’ is thought to have evolved from ‘Cetecopp’, meaning ‘seat-shaped’ or ‘flat topped hill’.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, it became popular amongst landed gentry, but it was the arrival of the railway as part of the Dartford Loop Line in 1866 that prompted the town’s significant growth.

Is Sidcup a nice place to live?

With lovely surroundings, convenient transport links, great schools and an array of facilities, Sidcup is a nice place to live for families, professionals, commuters and those looking for a slower pace of life.

Is Sidcup in London or Kent?

Sidcup is in South East London. It was, however, part of Kent until 1965.

What travel zone is Sidcup in?

Sidcup Station sits in Zone 5.

What is Sidcup famous for?

Sidcup is famous for its two performing arts colleges – the Rose Bruford College and Bird College, as well as the Sidcup Symphony Orchestra.

Many famous names have connections to the area, including Quentin Blake, Ian Davenport, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul James, Olympian John Regis, suffragette Ethel Smyth and cricketer Doug Wright.

Sidcup is a great place to settle down, live and work. And, if you’re moving to the area, we can help. Here at Titan Storage, we can take care of storing your furniture or moving boxes that have arrived too soon. Get in touch with our Sidcup store to see how we can help.