Belvedere Area Guide
This small Bexley borough town is set to soar thanks to being within walking distance of the Crossrail station at Abbey Wood. The super fast Elizabeth line will cut down commuting times and although Central London will never be closer, residents can return to a green, leafy setting characterised by ancient woodlands, bluebell fields and a friendly, village-like centre.
Belvedere sits partially on the River Thames and is located between the excitingly regenerated Abbey Wood for Crossrail and Erith. It is the first Kentish town you come across when leaving London heading eastwards, made up of its own little districts that include Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, Nuxley Village, Bostall Heath and Lesnes Abbey.
The BIG 3:
- Own train station in Lower Belvedere
- Direct services to London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Charing Cross.
- Walking distance or one-stop from Abbey Wood station for Crossrail
- Regular buses to Abbey Wood, Thamesmead, Bexleyheath, Woolwich (for the DLR) and Sidcup
Two very sought-after primary schools - Bedonwell Infant & Junior School and Belmont Primary School – are two of Belvedere’s educational highlights, while secondary school pupils can access the borough’s four grammar schools. There’s a ‘find-a-school’ facility on every one of our online property listings, where you can filter schools by age, type and Ofsted rating.
Lesnes Abbey is a scheduled ancient monument surrounded by lush woodland and formal gardens that together form a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Don’t miss the bluebell display in the spring and autumnal walks through Bostall Heath. Nuxley Village is the town’s daytime hub, with shops, supermarkets, restaurants, pubs and the very pretty All Saints Church. Lower Belvedere is where you’ll find Asda and B&Q, while neighbouring Abbey Wood has its own collection of shops.
Food & Drink
Our Belvedere staff recommend:
- Spice Master, for dine-in Indian
- Morgan Belvedere, for family-friendly dining
- Belvedere Tandoori, with a BYOB policy
- The Earl Haig, for British classics
- The Fox, for weekly live music
House hunters love the modest prices compared to other parts of London. You’ll find everything from one-bedroom flats to Victorian houses, with an explosion of new build developments off the back of Crossrail. The three-bedroom semi-detached homes built in the 1930s remain a popular choice.
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