Once it was a hunting ground, frequented by royals; then it became a village, until the railway arrived which encouraged the population to grow. Today it is still surrounded by greenery, but West Wickham itself is filled with semi and detached houses built in the 1930s, however the area didn’t officially become a suburb of London until 1965, part of the borough of Bromley. The council’s efforts have ensured the high street has a mixture of independent outlets and chains, and although there are pubs and restaurants there is more action in nearby Croydon. The railway line links to Cannon Street and London Bridge, making it a popular location for commuters and young families who are stepping onto the property ladder for the first time.
Your All In London guide to West Wickham