Sydenham is very well-connected and a short hop (17 minutes) into Central London. Three stations, Sydenham, Sydenham Hill and Lower Sydenham take you to London Bridge, Victoria, Waterloo, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. You can also access Canada Water, Shadwell, Whitechapel, Shoreditch and Islington from Sydenham Overground station. Bus routes link the area to other destinations in Central and South London.
Sydenham grew from a collection of cottages to a popular neighbourhood in the early 19th century with the arrival of the railway. Now a large, bustling town, its history means there’s a huge variety of housing stock, from Victorian terraces and Edwardian villas to post war houses and flats. Local amenities serve you well; good cafés, popular with mums during the day and families at the weekends, some extremely good restaurants, including Britain’s best takeaway (2013) and a very fine pub in the Dolphin. Sydenham Art Festival has been running since 2009 and now encompasses music, theatre, dance, art and film, at venues indoors and out.
Eliot Bank and Haseltine are two of the many primary schools. Sydenham School for girls and Forest Hill School for boys are local secondary favourites. Sydenham High School is the independent girls’ option and the nearby mixed Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is highly regarded. In neighbouring Forest Hill the LIFE school (Learn in a Friendly Environment) provides education, support and guidance to pupils at risk of being excluded from mainstream education.
It has to be the parks - three in the vicinity. Mayow Park offers the lovely Brown & Green Café as well as a kids’ area, tennis courts, table tennis and plenty of space for sports and chilling. The woodland at Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox’s Walk is a good spot for birdwatchers (you may see woodpeckers) and the newly refurbished Wood House is a gastro pub with a fantastic beer garden. The always-popular Wells Park has an active spring in the grounds, much-loved by children.