Belvedere is the first Kentish town you arrive at when leaving London heading eastwards, bordering Abbey Wood, Erith and the River Thames. Belvedere is divided into its own little districts, including Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, Nuxley Village, Bostall Heath and Lesnes Abbey. Belvedere is popular with young commuters as its close to two mainline stations that run directly into central London. The postcode for Belvedere is DA17 and it falls in the London Borough of Bexley. Neighbouring Abbey Wood in SE2, is another popular place for home movers as it benefits from a train station and a good selection of schools.
Belvedere is a modest town and the best selection of shops can be found in Nuxley Village, where you’ll find banks, two small supermarkets and a variety of independent stores. Lower Belvedere is home to a B&Q and a new Asda supermarket. A wider selection of shops can be found in nearby Erith and Bexleyheath. Abbey Wood benefits from smaller parades of shops on McCleod Road, Wilton Road and Eynsham Drive.
Lesnes Abbey is the area’s best attraction. Here you’ll find the ruins of an ancient abbey – a scheduled ancient monument – while the neighbouring park and heath are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The ruins are complemented by formal flower gardens and the Lesnes Abbey Wood is famed for its bluebell display in spring. There’s also a children’s play park to the side of the ruins and an additional play park in Nuxley Village. Abbey Wood Park and the open space on Finchale Road are also worth exploring if you have children to entertain. There’s also one of London’s biggest splash parks at the top of Heron Hill. Bostall Heath borders Belvedere and it offers great woodland walks. Erith & Belvedere FC is the local football team and they ground-share with Welling FC.
Head to Nuxley Village for the best food and drink choices. There are a number of eat-in restaurants in the village, including the highly regarded Spice Master Indian and a traditional pie and mash shop. The Leather Bottle pub is a popular choice for food, as well as drink. Belvedere has a good selection of pubs, including The Eardley Arms, The Vic and The Fox.
There are two very sought-after primary schools in Belvedere – Bedonwell Infant and Junior School and Belmont Primary School. Other schools in Belvedere and other immediate neighbourhoods include:
- St Augustines of Canterbury CoE Primary School
- Hillsgrove Primary School
- Lessness Heath Primary School
- St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
- Northwood Primary School
Secondary schools can be found in nearby Welling and Bexleyheath.
Belvedere has its own train station with trains travelling direct to central London, including stops at Lewisham (for the DLR), London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Charing Cross. Abbey Wood train station is on the same line as Belvedere and it is set for a Crossrail station in 2017, with direct links to Canary Wharf, Bond Street and Heathrow. Buses running through Belvedere take passengers to Abbey Wood, Thamesmead, Bexleyheath, Woolwich (for the DLR) and Sidcup.
You get value for money and with all the regeneration happening around, the potential for growth is huge. Here’s a snapshot of average sale and rental prices:
|Belvedere||Average Rent||Average Sale|
|1 Bed||£770.00||£139 000|
|2 Bed||£960.00||£206 000|
|3 Bed||£1200.00||£260 000|
|4 Bed||£1400.00||£297 000|
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