The importance of transport links can’t be underestimated, especially when it comes to rejuvenating an area. Regeneration has been the name of the game in Abbey Wood for the last few years, and it’s now starting to bear fruit.
While the much-anticipated Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) has been delayed further, the shiny new transport station at Abbey Wood is alive and kicking, waiting for the Elizabeth Line’s green light. The result of the latest transport links will see trains arrive in the heart of London in just 11 minutes.
Aside from top-notch transport, Abbey Wood enjoys plenty of green spaces, a neighbourly high street and some of London’s most affordable rental prices. If you’re looking for your next London postcode to call ‘home’, it’s time to give some serious consideration to Abbey Wood.
On a Map
Located in South East London, Abbey Wood falls under the Borough of Greenwich and Bexley and is in the SE2 postcode. It is just over 10 miles east to Charing Cross. It also lies in the historic county of Kent.
In 1178, Richard de Luci, Chief Justiciar of England, founded The Abbey of St Mary and St Thomas the Martyr at Lesnes. In its early conception, the Abbey struggled from financial difficulties, which was due to the cost of maintaining the marshes and local river embankments.
The spiralling costs meant that it didn’t become a community for people to live as it was first intended. All buildings were pulled down except for Abbot’s Lodging. It wasn’t until 1849 when the area became inhabitable with the arrival of Abbey Wood railway station.
Initially it was known as ‘The Village’, which consisted of a few cottages and local pubs. The 1930s saw more regeneration in the area, with The Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society building the Bostall Estate. Over the next 50 years, the area developed into a fully-fledged neighbourhood.
According to the last census, Abbey Wood’s population is just over 11,000, of which 52 percent is female, and 48% is male. The average age in Abbey Wood is relatively young at only 33. This would indicate that the SE2 postcode is particularly popular with young professionals.
Renting in Abbey Wood
There is a mix of homes in Abbey Wood, from Victorian terrace houses to pre-Second World War 1930s properties. Flat sharing is popular in the SE2 postcode, with three-bedroom properties currently forming the most popular property type on the market.
You will find some of the most affordable rental prices in the capital in Abbey Wood: expect to pay just over £750 per month for a one-bedroom home. A two-bedroom property fetches slightly over £1,100 per month, and a three-bedroom home achieves in the region of £1,370.
The new Abbey Wood station recently opened its doors. While the Elizabeth Line of Crossrail isn’t up and running yet when it does go live it will have services to central London in just over 10 minutes. Current trains that go through the station head to London Bridge, London Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Greenwich. The average time into central London is just under 30 minutes. Abbey Wood is located in Zone 4.
Amenities in Abbey Wood
Abbey Wood isn’t full of things to do and definitely takes on a more ‘residential’ feel. However, there are still a few local restaurants, while popular areas like Greenwich are only a few miles away.
The Abbey Wood Cafe is as cosy as they come and finds itself perched on the end of a residential street. Enjoy a bit of everything, from full English breakfasts to continental dishes - not to mention that there’s the odd milkshake available too.
Address: 183 Abbey Wood Rd, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9DZ
The Taj Mahal
A local favourite in Abbey Wood, the Taj Mahal serves a variety of Indian dishes that cater to all tastes. The restaurant is known for its friendly and welcoming staff, who are on hand to make sure that you enjoy an authentic Indian cuisine experience.
Address: 6 Wilton Rd, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9RH
If you’re looking for a local taproom, then you can’t go wrong with The Abbey Arms. There is a good selection of ales, as well as a wine and spirits list. Stop by for a quick drink, grab some pub grub and enjoy a game of pool at the pool table.
Address: 31 Wilton Rd, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9RH
Things to do
Made up of three public open spaces, Abbey Wood Park features a Grade II Listed sculpture and areas for casual ball games. There is also the benefit of an outdoor gym, children’s playground and a small picnic area to enjoy some treats of a summer’s day.
Who needs The Tower of London when you’ve got a castle right on your doorstep? This elegantly preserved gothic tower is situated on Shooter’s Hill, which is one of the highest points in London. Severndroog Castle is an 18th Century Grade II Listed building and is open to the public seven days a week.
Run by the National Trust, Red House is an Arts and Craft building located in the nearby town of Bexleyheath. Visitors can explore the house and see the elegant entrance hall, dining rooms, bedrooms and the well-maintained garden.
Moving to Abbey Wood
This residential, neighbourly area offers a unique getaway from the London hustle and bustle, yet provides convenient links back into the main action. With some of the most affordable rents in London, and what will soon be some of the best transport links in South London, now is the time to move to Abbey Wood.