Once an unsung corner of the capital, today the southeast neighbourhood of Kidbrooke is well worth investigating. Major regeneration has transformed Kidbrooke from "one to watch" to "it's time to move".
Just a short car ride from Blackheath, the area of Kidbrooke affords more affordable homes and gives renters more bang for their buck. It's especially popular with young couples who are looking for a little more space than what's on offer in Blackheath and beyond.
But Kidbrooke is more than a mere cheaper alternative to nearby London neighbourhoods. The thriving SE3 postcode sets itself apart with snazzy new builds and a strong sense of community.
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Kidbrooke is an area in southeast London that falls under the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It has an SE3 postcode (with some parts also located in SE9) and is a little under eight miles from Charing Cross. Neighbouring areas include Blackheath, Lewisham and Greenwich.
History of Kidbrooke
The name "Kidbrooke" is derived from Anglo Saxon times and means The brook where the kites were seen. By the 11th and 12th centuries, Kidbrooke evolved into a more residential area with a church.
However, it didn't last, and by the 15th century, the church was without a priest and derelict. It remained mostly a rural area until 1895 when Kidbrooke Station opened – though it was still mostly a place for farming.
Fast-forward to 1968, and the Ferrier Estate was constructed. The estate was one of the largest and most deprived housing developments in London and contributed to Kidbrooke reputation as a no-go area.
By 2012, the estate was demolished, with a new residential development built in its place. Named Kidbrooke Village, the development was the beginning of regeneration that has seen the SE3 postcode become a London hotspot.
Who lives there?
Kidbrooke has a population of around 14,000 according to the 2011 census. The median age is 37, with 60% of residents choosing to rent their home. Kidbrooke attracts many professional renters.
Renting in Kidbrooke
There are a smattering of period properties in Kidbrooke, most of which were built in the Twenties and Thirties. However, the area is dominated by new housing, with Kidbrooke Village leading the way.
The 4,000-plus homes are in high demand, to the point where many believe the area of Kidbrooke is named after the development – when it is, of course, named after the neighbourhood.
Expect to pay around £1,250 for a one-bedroom apartment in Kidbrooke, £1,500 for a two-bedroom property, and £1,900 for a three-bedroom home. Houses of three-or-more bedrooms market in the region of £2,500.
It's all well and good regenerating an area with snazzy new apartments. But if the transport links aren't up to scratch, it won't stand much of a chance. Fortunately, Kidbrooke offers convenient transport options.
The mainline station has trains that go to London Bridge, Waterloo and Charing Cross within 40-odd minutes. Other stops on the line include Dartford, Blackheath and Lewisham.
Copper & Ink
Situated in the heart of Blackheath Village, Copper and Ink is run by a local couple, Tony Rod (Masterchef finalist in 2015) and Becky Cummings. Saddle up to a table and sample a tasty menu that includes modern British food with influences from French and Scandinavian cuisine.
Get ready to embrace your new local at The Railway. And no, we don't mean a station under the arches. This boozer offers delightful grub in the form of pub classics and Sunday roasts, as well as an extensive range of drinks including an annual craft beer residency and limited edition of On Tap Beers.
The Ivy Cafe Blackheath
Head down to nearby Blackheath and treat yourself at The Ivy Cafe. This famous restaurant has found a spot in the SE3 postcode and offers stylish interiors, great food and classy cocktails.
Things to do in Kidbrooke
Living in Kidbrooke means you've got access to plenty of green spaces, whether it's Greenwich or Blackheath. Greenwich Park is one of London's eight royal parks and offers everything from scenic strolls to an insight into maritime history.
Shooters Hill Golf Club
Take up a hobby and hit a birdie ball at the Shooters Hill Golf Club. This well-presented golf course also offers fantastic views and plenty of history. It first opened in 1903 and was initially a three-hole golf course.
You'll find unique styles at Blackbird Boutique, from fair trade and organic clothing to quaint accessories. It's the perfect shop for a gift or two, or if you feel like treating yourself to eco-friendly fashion products.
Moving to Kidbrooke
Kidbrooke is enjoying its come up, and so too are the residents that call it home. Whether you enjoy the plush new homes in SE3, exploring open spaces in Greenwich, or wandering the boutiques at Blackheath, Kidbrooke is ideally positioned for some of the best that south east London has to offer.