Why do so many people love Chislehurst? Well, this article features our favourite things to do, places to eat, family fun, amenities and reasons why it’s a great place to live. Incidentally, it’s also a great place to work (our Watermark Homes office is based here).
Please note, due to the current restrictions, some of these may be temporarily closed, only offering a take-away service, or require pre-booking, so please check online or call ahead to avoid disappointment.
The best places to eat & drink
Firstly, let’s look at all the great restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars here.
- One of our favourite places to eat is Bank House. The food is to die for and the service attentive, yet unobtrusive. Try the stealth fries with garlic mayo!
- If you’re looking for a family-friendly pub with great burgers and roast dinners, try The Imperial Arms.
- Head to Denny’s for the best seafood, including lobster and oysters.
- The Bull’s Head serves sumptuous Sunday roasts, but also decadent and different afternoon tea.
- For a delicious cooked breakfast, quick steak or French onion soup, pop into Cote Brasserie.
- Literally next door to our office is Giggling Squid, serving scrumptious Thai food in a pretty, floral dining room.
- Quattordici offers delicious Italian food in a relaxed setting.
- Try The Broadwick bar for cocktails and jugs of Pimms and lemonade.
- The Rambler’s Rest serves traditional pub grub and also offers picnics on the common.
- Walnuts is a family run cafe, perfect for a quick lunch, or coffee and cake.
Things to do in the area
Secondly, here are our favourite things to do in and around Chislehurst.
- Chislehurst Caves have a rich history, including smuggling, as a shelter during the Blitz and a venue for music concerts.
- The whole area benefits from several large green spaces, including Scadbury Park nature reserve, tranquil Petts Wood and Hawkwood, which are owned by the National Trust, Chislehurst recreation ground and Chislehurst Common, with its own cock pit.
- Chislehurst Cricket Club is one of the oldest grounds in Southern England and welcomes spectators.
- Saint Nicholas Church is peaceful and well maintained, with a 34 metre tower, Saxon window and Norman font.
- Nearby Sidcup Family Golf offers a driving range and a dino golf adventure!
- Chislehurst Rocks is an annual music festival, held right on the doorstep.
- Take an interactive tour of Eltham Palace and Gardens.
- Chislehurst Library is an important part of the community, offering arts and crafts, training courses and children’s activities.
- Visit The Church of the Annunciation to see its intricate and colourful mosaics.
- Take a gentle amble along part of the Green Chain Walk to Beckenham Place Park.
Why is Chislehurst a great place to live?
In summary, these are the main reasons why people love living (and working) in Chislehurst:
- It’s a conservation area, meaning that its many green spaces are protected, allowing plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
- Great transport connections allow a fast, easy commute into London. By train, it’s just 20 minutes to London Bridge, or just under 30 minutes to Charing Cross. Local bus routes connect to North Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley. The A20 connects Chislehurst to the M25 and Gatwick Airport is just a 40 minute drive away.
- Good schools are another benefit of living in the area. There’s a range of reputable options from independent, academy and state schools. Find out more here.
- Shops on the doorstep make it easy to get whatever you need, from Sainsbury’s supermarket to the pretty parade of independent shops and boutiques.
- An ‘urban village’ feel gives residents the best of both worlds. Many amenities and great connections, combined with green spaces and a real sense of community.