Bexleyheath Area Guide
Our area guide for Bexleyheath offers a brief overview of the town centre and surrounding areas, its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links. If you would like to read more about Barnehurst, which is also in DA7, please read our Barnehurst area guide.
Bexleyheath is located in the London Borough of Bexley and encompasses both DA6 and DA7 postcodes. Bexleyheath borders Sidcup, Welling, Upper Belvedere, Barnehurst and Crayford. It is often described as the heart of the Bexley Borough, as it’s where many of the main facilities and shops are. Probably its most remarkable landmark is the pagoda-style ex-Woolwich Equitable building, which rises above the horizon. The building’s uncertain future has recently been saved by a deal between the local council and Tesco. Bexleyheath’s shopping district is surrounded by attractive residential roads and open spaces.
Bexleyheath has the largest shopping area in the borough, centred around The Broadway. The indoor shopping centre and its pedestrianised area has benefitted from extensive refurbishment over the last couple of years and now boasts an extensive selection of high street fashion stores including H&M and Monsoon, as well as outlets such as TK Maxx. Sainsbury’s and Asda are the notable supermarkets, and there are plans for Tesco to move into the area over the next couple of years. Nearby Bexley Village is the place to head for independent stores and boutiques, while most Bexleyheath neighbourhoods have their own parade of shops, such as those at The Pantiles and Pickford Lane.
Danson Park, one of Greater London’s best open spaces, is located to the south of Bexleyheath on the borders with Welling. It features a boating/fishing lake, boat house with restaurant, a Palladium mansion, a childrens’ play and splash park, football pitches, tennis courts, mini golf, a lawn bowls club and woodland walks. Danson Park proudly hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the Danson Festival in July and the Bexley Rotary firework display in November.
The Red House – a wonderful Arts & Crafts property designed by architect Philip Webb for the artist, reforming designer and socialist William Morris, is in Bexleyheath. Now under National Trust ownership, guided tours and open days are very popular.
Hall Place is another of the town’s architectural gem, with its Grade 1 Tudor listed country house, built in 1537 for a former Lord Mayor of London, and 65 acres of award-winning gardens. The extensive estate also includes the Bexley Museum Collection and riverside café, and is a popular venue for events, concerts and art activities.
Crook Log Leisure Centre offers sporting and leisure facilities for all the family, and there’s a ten-pin bowling alley at the start of The Broadway.
Bexleyheath Food and Drink
The Broadway is fast becoming an area of fine cuisine with the emergence of many ‘fine dining’ restaurants, which sit alongside well established eat-in restaurants offering Thai, Indian, Greek and Italian. The Bank, Blend and Zingaras are some of the newest names on the food and drink scene, while a Nando’s has joined the ranks of the other popular food outlets in the town centre. As far as night life is concerned, there are some good bars (Pure and Breeze) while the Twin Palace is a novel Chinese restaurant with a dance floor and DJ. Most of the pubs in Bexleyheath serve food, with a notable venue being the Victorian Restaurant at The Prince Albert. The Marriot Hotel at the top of Gravel Hill also has a restaurant. If you like to cook exotic foods, a speciality and international food markets are regularly held in The Broadway.
Until the 19th century Bexleyheath comprised mostly of scrub-land with very few buildings. The parish church of Christ Church, which is located in The Broadway, dates from 1841 and the current church was finished in 1877. The clock-tower at the centre of the Broadway was built in 1912 and commemorates the coronation of King George V. The railway-engineer Alfred Bean championed the development of the Bexleyheath Line in the 1880s to support the growth of estates being built up around the Danson Park Estate. In the 1930s semi-detached houses and bungalows were being built by developers Feakes & Richards in the Bostall Park Estate to the north of Bexleyheath.
Bexleyheath Property Market
The larger properties predominantly occupy the south side of Bexleyheath and there are Edwardian, Victorian and Arts & Crafts style homes to choose from. The north of the town is where semi-detached 1930s properties are found. Danson Road is probably the area’s most premium road, where three original and three complementary Art Deco houses can be found, as well as many large detached and semi-detached properties of distinction.
Feakes & Richards, mostly found within the ‘Pantiles’ area, Stevens, Wedlock and Bowyer were the builders of great repute in the developing years and these well-built properties are always in high demand. The introduction of one and two-bedroom flats has also provide excellent accommodation for young commuters using the excellent road, rail and bus routes serving the town.
Bexleyheath Council Tax
Bexleyheath is in the Bexley Borough and the council tax valuation details for the London Borough of Bexley for the year 2011/2012 are as follows:
|A||Up to and including £40,000||£951.72|
|B||£40,001 - £52,000||£1110.35|
|C||£52,001 - £68,000||£1268.97|
|D||£68,001 - £88,000||£1427.59|
|E||£88,001 - £120,000||£1744.83|
|F||£120,001 - £160,000||£2062.07|
|G||£160,001 - £320,000||£2379.31|
|H||More than £320,000||£2855.18|
Bexley Borough has four grammar schools, two of which are located in Bexleyheath. Schools in Bexleyheath include:
- Townley Grammar School for Girls
- Beths Grammar School for Boys
- St Catherines R.C. School for Girls
- St Columba’s R.C. School for Boys
- Bexleyheath School
- Upland Primary School
- Barrington Primary School
- Brampton Primary School
- Pelham Primary School
- St Thomas More R.C. Primary School
- Oakwood School
- Upton Primary School
- Gravel Hill Primary School
- Crook Log Primary School
- Mayplace Primary School
- Bursted Wood Primary School
The nearest hospitals to Bexleyheath are Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich, Darenth Hospital in Dartford and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup.
Bexleyheath Transport Links
Bexleyheath train station is located in Pickford Lane, where services run into Lewisham, London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Victoria (journey times of 30 to 45 minutes). Connections to the DLR for onward travel to Canary Wharf can be made via Lewisham station. Bexleyheath Clock Tower is the terminal for buses to and from surrounding areas, including Bluewater shopping centre. The A2 runs to the edge of Bexleyheath and can be accesses at the Black Prince Interchange at the bottom of Gravel Hill.