Sidcup is a section of south-east London located in the Greater London borough of Bexley. Sidcup sits at the point where South East London joins the county of Kent. Close neighbouring towns comprise of Bexley, Welling, Chislehurst and Eltham, with the more illustrious areas of Blackheath and Greenwich not far away.
Sidcup is frequently chosen as an illustration of the typical 1930s London suburb, but this overlooks that Sidcup has a long and exciting history. The oldest surviving evidence to the area is from the reign of King Henry III (1216 – 72). However, it was seemingly settled long before this. The word Sidcup is inferred from the Anglo-Saxon terms set “fold” or “flat” plus copp “a hilltop”.
So Sidcup intended something similar to a ‘fold in the hill’ or a ‘flat hilltop’.
The overload of the area with housing had sombre results due to the fury of the Second World War in 1939. Sidcup was directly on the path of the German bombers and rockets as they darted towards central London and as a result, the Sidcup area sustained widespread damage, especially in 1944 from V1 and V2 rockets. Modern-day Sidcup is settling into its current style, following a far-reaching town centre restoration, and what better way to rejoice than with the opening of an abundance of trendy microbreweries.
But with real ale grows real-life and Sidcup, coincidentally with its neighbouring local area of Blackfen, grants family-friendly living with a swift commute into London and an exceptional selection of schools.
Sidcup Place is a go-to activity centre, with tennis courts, a children’s playground, pitch and put, and lots of open expanses. Sidcup Leisure Centre has fantastic access to two swimming pools and a host of sporting amenities. Golfers can enter Sidcup Golf Course, with nine challenging holes and tee boxes.
If you relish following in legendary footsteps, take a minute at Sidcup’s railroad station, where it’s declared that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had a chat around music, starting the formation of the legendary rock band, the Rolling Stones.