Only 15 minutes by train from London Victoria, Penge and Anerley are well serviced by local bus routes linking south London with some central services, and Tramlink, providing fast access to London Docklands, Croydon and Wimbledon.
Penge and Anerley offer lots of wide open spaces and a friendly community feel just a short hop from central London. The Shop Revolution Marketplace is a meeting ground for independent designers and makers and they host events from poetry reading to flower arranging workshops. Lots of cafés, pubs serving classic Sunday roasts with on-site theatres and a wonderfully authentic Sicilian pizza restaurant add up to a great buzz.
The gothic architecture of the Royal Waterman Almshouses and some splendid churches and remind you of the neighbourhood’s history, and the outdoor gym in the park and beautiful Alexandra Nurseries in Alexandra Park soothe the soul after work and at the weekend.
Alexander Infant School and Cator Park Montessori are outstanding primary schools. Two highly regarded academies provide secondary school education and there are plenty of private options in the area, Dulwich College, Sydenham High, St Dunstans, James Allen’s Girls School and Rosemead.
Cheaper than Beckenham but very close by, Penge and Anerley are on the up, with more independent shops and restaurants opening. It’s definitely an area to watch with some wonderful, spacious housing stock at more affordable prices than other areas but offering the same access to the green spaces, walking trails and sporting facilities.