Welcome to Belvedere
Our area guide for Belvedere, including Abbey Wood, offers a brief overview of the town and its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
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 it's 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 that will have a Crossrail service from 2018 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 an 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. 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.
Belvedere Food and Drink
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. Belvedere has a good selection of pubs, including The Eardley Arms, The Vic and The Fox.
Belvedere was originally part of Lesnes Heath, which used to stretch from the area of Lesnes Abbey to Erith, and constituted the estate of Sir Culling Eardley. A pub in Nuxley Village, The Eardley Arms, celebrates his connection with the area. Belvedere and Abbey Wood were subject to several bombing raids during WWII as they were located close to a number of munitions factories.
Belvedere Property market
The variety of property available in Belvedere and Abbey Wood is one of the area's redeeming features, as well as the modest prices compared to other parts of London. You’ll find everything from Victorian houses to modern one-bedroom flats. The three-bedroom semi-detached homes built in the 1930s remain a popular choice.
Belvedere Council Tax
Belvedere is in the Bexley borough and the latest council tax charges can be found here:-
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
- Lesnes Heath Primary School
- St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
- Northwood Primary School
- Secondary schools can be found in nearby Welling and Bexleyheath
The nearest hospitals to Belvedere and Abbey Wood are Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich and Queen Mary’s in Sidcup.
Belvedere Transport Links
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. Belvedere is one stop along the line from Abbey Wood, a station that will offer Crossrail services from 2018, 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.
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