WHY WE SHOULD ALL MOVE TO SYDENHAM
Jade Woollacott of Wooster & Stock on why Sydenham is hot property right now
Sydenham residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to green spaces. Sydenham Wells Park is one of the most underrated in south London with beautiful flower displays, a duck pond, tennis courts and play area. It’s currently host to a very cool pop-up restaurant too! Sydenham Woods are a fantastic space to walk the dog, run, or take a leisurely stroll, and Mayow Park – the oldest public open space in Lewisham – has a beautiful botanical garden.
Where Can I Shop?
Upper Kirkdale has some great independent retailers. Alhambra has lovely home and garden ware, crafts and gifts, most of which are sourced from Andalucía in southern Spain – check out their gorgeous collection of mosaic tiles. There are a number of antique shops here too, and a piano restorer. Kirkdale Bookshop is worth a trip to find a good read before heading down to The Dolphin pub, which has a gorgeous landscaped garden, for a well deserved pint (or two!).
Blue Mountain Café by Kirkdale roundabout is always a favourite. At the bottom of Kirkdale you will find Sugahill, which serves hot drinks and snacks but is also a gallery and social lounge with free Wi-Fi for customers. Work your way up the road to 161 Food & Drink, a new wine bar that serves food as well. It’s trendy, tasty and a sign of where the area is going. Fig & Pistachio has also recently opened its doors and provides us with homemade patisserie and cakes, great coffee, a scrummy sandwich menu that changes daily and a variety of quiches and healthy salads. IBS bakery (despite the questionable name!) will supply all the fresh bread and cakes you need.
Eliot Bank Primary School and Alexandra Junior School are both excellent and are rated outstanding by Ofsted. Kelvin Grove Primary School has been rated good, as have Forest Hill School for boys and Sydenham School for girls.
The Property Market
You will get more bang for your buck in Sydenham than neighbouring Forest Hill and Crystal Palace. There are some wonderful Victorian terraces and houses and it’s worth looking out for conversions too. Fifties and 60s flats are also common in the area (Frobisher Court on Sydenham Rise is outstanding) and can offer a much sought-after mid-century style. There are a number of conservation areas as well – Crescent Wood Road and Halifax Street are particularly lovely.
Call Wooster & Stock, Sydenham, on 020 8613 0060 or see woosterstock.co.uk