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West Wickham area guide

It wasn’t until the late 1920s that West Wickham developed from a small village into a town. Surrounded by Green Belt countryside yet sandwiched between Croydon and Bromley, West Wickham today is a sought after suburban town popular with families. There are well respected local schools and the easy links to the Capital mean that it attracts commuters.

Living in West Wickham

West Wickham is a hotspot for families. While the local schools are the main draw for buyers moving into the area, they also want to move a bit further out of London for a quieter lifestyle but be able to commute easily into the City.

Top five West Wickham features

  1. Well respected local schools
  2. Good transport links into the City
  3. Proximity to countryside
  4. Community –  there is a real neighbourly feel here and people know their neighbours
  5. Bustling traditional high street

The best of West Wickham

  • Along the bustling local high street there is a useful mix of chain stores and independent shops including The Olde Fashioned Sweet Shop, a WH Smiths, a pet shop, a jewellers, a florist, a butcher and a baker
  • Local supermarkets include M&S and Sainsburys
  • Shoppers enjoy West Wickham’s cafes including Starbucks, Caffe Nero, The Point Café and Café Talis
  • West Wickham leisure centre
  • The library is a focal point of the community and mother and baby classes are held here, as well as computer classes
  • Bridle paths/walks in the Green Belt
  • West Wickham is home to the local Division One rugby team, the Beccehamians

Time out in West Wickham

  • Langley Park Golf Club and West Wickham has its own golf society
  • West Wickham has a collection of popular restaurants – Prima Donna offers Mediterranean cuisine, Topolinos serves Italian dishes and there are two Indians – The Blue Bengal and Jinaan’s Calcutta. There is also a busy Pizza Express
  • Local pubs include The Railway, aptly named as it is opposite the station, The Swan on the High Street and the Tudor-fronted The Pickhurst and The Wheatsheaf which has been recently refurbished
  • West Wickham has a popular amateur local theatre groups – the West Wickham Pantomime Society and there is the Wickham Theatre Centre which is home to the West Wickham Theatre company which puts on performances in Bromley

Parklife

  • West Wickham Common offers 26 acres of Green flag award-winning heath dominated by  woodland
  • Blake Recreation Ground has a wooded area and a children’s play area
  • Coney Hall Recreation Ground has a  bowling green , children’s play area, football pitches and a skateboard ramp
  • Well Wood is an ancient, semi-natural woodland

Education in West Wickham

For primary education, the four choices are all popular – Oak Lodge, Wickham Common, Hawes Down and Pickhurst Primary schools.

For secondary education, there is Park Langley Boys and Girls Schools and Hayes School.

For private education, there is St David’s and Wickham Court.

Local facts

  • Many years ago the area was popular for deer hunting and wild deer can still be found living in the countryside around nearby Keston
  • West Wickham was chosen for the re-creation of wartime living in the TV series ‘The 1940s House’ shown on Channel 4. The family lived at 17 Braemar Gardens
  • English poet Thomas Carew was born in West Wickham

Transport

West Wickham train station provides services into London Bridge and Charing Cross - journey times take 30 and 38 minutes respectively.  

There are several local bus routes linking with Bromley, Croydon, Hayes and Beckenham including the 24 hour 119 (to Bromley), the 194 (to West Croydon) and the 352 (to Lower Sydenham)

Property in West Wickham

West Wickham has mostly semi-detached and detached 1930s style houses, many of which have sizeable gardens. Properties in the semi rural Coney Hall area are particularly popular and often have gardens of 100ft.

 

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