1. It can take 7 minutes to travel from Hither Green station to London Bridge, South Eastern Trains permitting of course.
2. The parks – Manor House Gardens , SE12, Manor Park , SE13 and Mountsfield Park, SE13/6 all have different experiences to offer. Manor House Gardens is well maintained with a cafe, library, toddler playground and spaces to feed the geese. Manor Park can feel like the countryside with access to The Quaggy and the odd blue flash of a Kingfisher flying by. Mountsfield Park is the biggest park and has a lovely bandstand and potential that I really hope will be fulfilled one day.
3. The shops in Staplehurst Road are excellent with a special mention for Bill’s Barbers, Cost Cutter supermarket and H-2-U Chinese takeaway. The barbers in Bills always give me a wave as I go past. The businesses are looking after the shops much more than when I moved in.
4. The community events that have started in Hither Green. The two main events I think of are the Hither Green Festival and the FUSS Christmas Fair.
5. I have lived in Hither Green since 1999 and the area seems to be improving every year. I know virtually all my neighbours on at least chatting or nodding terms. The houses have been better maintained but I don’t remember any serious litter problem around Longhurst and Staplehurst Roads.
6.In one direction you are minutes from the City and West End. Go the other direction and you can be fruit picking in Summer in almost the same amount of time.
8. The Station Hotel. When I moved in it was a little run down but a functioning pub with decent food but afterwards went downhill. As most people know it was renovated and is a great asset to the area. I can hear the gentle hubbub from the pub garden in the summer in my back garden but it is never too loud or intrusive.
9. Lee Green Open Studios. This annual event has become bigger every year and the atmosphere as you visit homes and other buildings is very relaxed.
10. Hither Green feels safe and a decent place to live and bring up children in London. Even if it seems no one really knows where Hither Green starts and ends.
What do you love about living in Hither Green?