How is life in Mottingham? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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Find out a general overview of the area using Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: โ€œ Mottingham is a district of south-east London, England, which straddles the border of both the London Borough of Bromley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is located south west of Eltham, 1.5 miles. It was historically within the county of Kent. โ€œ

In the city of Mottingham, what kind of things are there to do?

What makes the heart of Mottingham? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs and gyms that exist in Mottingham to help you decide as to whether to move there or not.

Pubs in the area

As Londoners at Cozee, we cherish our weekly visits to the local pub. Why not embrace the same in your new living space? We’ve diligently tested and reviewed all the pubs in Mottingham – well, not literally, but we wish we had! Here’s our list of the finest pubs in Mottingham.

Pub name Name Address Description
Bankers Draft 80 Eltham High Street Eltham SE9 1BW This former JD Wetherspoon outlet, reputed to be their smallest in the country, came under new ownership in the summer of 2023. Initially at least, the cask beer range has continued in similar vein to that previously with a mix of regular and changing brews. Often hosts weekend events such as bingo and karaoke.
Berry & Barrel 18 Well Hall Parade Eltham SE9 6SP Family-run shop conversion pub serving craft beers, real ales, wines, gins and cocktails. Opened in a former dry cleaner’s shop in December 2020. A long room equipped with high tables and stools and with a traditional bar counter. Two prominent electronic boards display a large range of keg beers and cask ales on offer with details of ABV and price. Cask and keg beers are not clearly differentiated so you will need to ask for confirmation at time of placing your order.
Eltham GPO 4 Passey Place Eltham SE9 5DQ Just off the High Street, re-opened in February 2014 and takes its name from the building’s original use as a postal sorting office. The external signage still shows The Old Post Office as the pub name! Spacious pub originally, when run by Antic, furnished in shabby chic style with various bric-a-brac wall and floor standing adornments like typewriters, sewing machines, postal items and dolls’ houses. Quiz night on Wednesday at 8pm. Portobello took over from Antic here in 2020. Closed for significant refurbishment in July 2023, reopening in early October 2023 with the number of handpumps reduced to 3, usually selling only Portobello cask ales.
Eltham Warren Golf Club Bexley Road Eltham SE9 2PE Founded in 1890. Please check with venue for opening hours.
Long Pond 110 Westmount Road Eltham SE9 1UT Situated in a former plumbers’ merchant shop near the entrance to the long closed Eltham Park railway station, this deceptively extensive micropub opened on 12th December 2014 and is named after the Long Pond in Eltham Park North, a short walk away. It fills a massive geographical gap in the local pub landscape. May also be contacted on 07921-579781. There are 5-6 local real ales served on gravity dispense from a chilled stillage room which may be viewed through a window behind the bar counter. This includes the house beer 3.6% ABV ‘Pond Life’, believed to be Tonbridge Traditional. There is also real cider and perry, usually from Dudda’s Tun as well as wine, several Chapel Down gins, several single malt whiskies and soft drinks. In true micropub tradition there are no lagers or alcopops on offer. Seating at the front is on high wall mounted benches and high tables. To the left rear is an area of low tables and chairs in an area called The Dorchester Room! The long brightly lit white painted corridor to the toilets at the rear is always stacked with a large number of full and empty casks. SE London CAMRA Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2017. SE London CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2017, and runner-up 2016 and 2020. Traditional pub cold snacks are available in the form of pork pies, ploughman’s and platters. No children. No dogs. Card payment strongly preferred here, rather than cash payment. Mobile phone use frowned upon in bar area – rear corridor may be used.
Park Tavern 45 Passey Place Eltham SE9 5DA A free house since 2022, this traditional Victorian pub retains the original Truman’s Brewery tiled frontage and signage. The stylish interior has elegant drapes, bar lamps and chandeliers, an impressive wooden bar and a real log fire. Decorative plates and pictures line the walls. Jazz and light classical background music complements the atmosphere. Offers an impressive selection of real ales, together with ciders, craft beers and lagers, whiskies and wine. There is also a well kept heated rear garden, plus additional seating to the front and side. 8 handpumps on bar counter, 6 regularly in use.
Rising Sun 189-191 Eltham High Street Eltham SE9 1TS A pleasant traditional pub on the High Street refurbished in September 2014. Offers a good selection of reasonably priced food in addition to two or three real ales from the Greene King stable. There are 4 handpumps on the bar counter. A Lilley’s fruit cider (non real) could by found on one of the pumps in Spring 2022.
Royal Blackheath Golf Club Court Road Eltham SE9 5AF Clubhouse was built in 1664 for John Shaw, banker to King Charles I.
Rusty Bucket 11 Court Yard Eltham SE9 5PR Previously the Crown, this venue re-opened in April 2018 after a significant re-development of the site but pleasantly retaining the pub’s original ground floor frontage. Run by a couple of friends who are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all beers. It sells a selection of up to 3 cask ales (but usually 2) from a small number of local Kent and London breweries plus some guests from further afield. Real ciders and perries, keg beer, bottles, cans, wines and spirits are also available. The pub is smaller than in its previous incarnation, although it does not strictly follow the ‘micropub’ rules as it plays recorded music. Walls are half-panelled and brightly painted. Cask ales and ciders / perries are served by gravity dispense from a small walk-in chilled room behind the bar counter, from a three tier nine cask stillage. There were initially 11 keg beer taps on the back wall but in late November 2018 this was increased to 18. Seating is at trestle style tables with low chairs. Basic snacks include cheese boards and also displayed in jars on the bar counter may include, variously, pork pies or scotch eggs. 2, sometimes 3, cask ales available. Three spotlessly kept toilets. Card payment ONLY, no cash accepted.
Tudor Barn Well Hall Pleasaunce, Well Hall Road Eltham SE9 6SZ The Grade II* listed Tudor Barn is situated in the attractive surroundings of the Well Hall Pleasaunce in Eltham. It was originally built in the 16th century by the family of William Roper and links back to King Henry VIII and the Tudor monarchy. The ground floor is home to a traditional gastro pub with two outdoor drinking and dining spaces and the first floor is home to The Tudor Gallery perfect for hosting weddings and private events. Table service only Spring 2022. See also Instagram:
White Hart 2 Eltham High Street Eltham SE9 1DA A 20th century mock-Tudor style pub with wood panelling and comfy sofas at the front. There is also a pleasant and well maintained garden.
Woodcroft Club 254 High Street Eltham SE9 1AA Formed in 1913. Has its own Bowls Club.
Bat & Ball 275 Court Road Mottingham SE9 4TH Micropub in a former florist’s shop at the end of a terrace of shops which opened on 23rd November 2023. There is wide range of drinks available including draught lagers and wine in addition to cask beer on gravity and bag-in-box cider served from a chilled room. Seating for roughly 30 inside at settles and high stools. Cash or card payment is welcome.
71Southwood 71 Southwood Road New Eltham SE9 3QE Formed in 1927, was refurbished and rebranded as 71Southwood in 2017
New Eltham Social Club 32 Avery Hill Road New Eltham SE9 2BD Founded in 1892 moving to current home in 1901.

Museums & Galleries nearby

An area lives because of the people who live, work and interact. Art is a great way to discover an area in a new way. If you are looking to move in Mottingham we definitely recommend that you check for galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. They provide a great source of enjoyment over the weekends.

We weren’t able to find any museum in this area. Tell us in the comments if we were wrong. We’ll amend this page

What kind of restaurants are there?

Mottingham is rich in restaurants, from Indian, Chinese or Italian ones, your area is vibrant with life and the foodies that you may be will surely find what you are looking for.


What type of green space is there in Mottingham?

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Mottingham in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ๏ธโ€ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A

Where can you buy groceries in the area

Grocery shopping is something that people do all the time, so it would make sense to want to find out where the nearest shopping centres are in your area. In Mottingham, Take a look at the major supermarkets nearby, so you know where to go grocery shopping if you are to make this place your home.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Londis Mitcham 166-168 Chestnut Grove, Mitcham 2.8 23

Gyms in Mottingham

More at-home work means more gym-goers. Major chains make staying active in Mottingham easy.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Oasis Sports Centre 32 Endell Street, London 4.3 788
Virgin Active Shell-Mex House, 80 Strand, London 4.3 299
Gymbox Holborn 100 High Holborn, London 4.3 340
Nuffield Health Covent Garden Fitness and Wellbeing Gym 9 Endell Street, London 4.3 130
Fitness First 6 Bedford Street, London 4.3 345
Yogarise Covent Garden – Yoga classes in Covent Garden, London 13 Mercer Street, London 4.3 62
Jubilee Hall Gym 30 The Piazza, London 4.3 111
Covent Garden Physiotherapy Ground Floor, Durham House, 1 Durham House Street, London 4.3 46
PureGym London Waterloo 11-15 Brad Street, London 4.3 234
Body Control Pilates 35 Little Russell Street, London 4.3 36
The Health Club at One Aldwych One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London 4.3 16
CryoAction Limited 71-75 Shelton Street, London 4.3 1
The Gym Group London Charing Cross 17-21 Northumberland Avenue, London 4.3 227
Fujian White Crane Kung Fu & Tai Chi – Covent Garden & West End Green Dragon House, 23 Stukeley Street, London 4.3 N/A
Digme Fitness Covent Garden 4-10 Tower Street, London 4.3 150
Boom Cycle – Holborn 16 Procter Street, London 4.3 91
The Gym Group London Holborn Circus 1 Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London 4.3 263
Central Health Physiotherapy Quality House, 5-9 Quality Court, London 4.3 299
Tranquility Pilates Studio Ltd 16-18, New Bridge Street, London 4.3 5
ESPA Life at Corinthia Whitehall Place, London 4.3 246

The amenities you might need in Mottingham

Below is a list of the places you may want to check out if the area of Mottingham. This can really help you out when you are moving to an area or neighbourhood.

Schools in and around the area of Mottingham

Having a school near the place you live is a great feature of the property you are about to move in. Please find below a list of the schools within the area of Mottingham.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Eltham College Grove Park Road, London 4.2 37
Host Teacher International 415 Middle Park Avenue, London N/A N/A
Mottingham Hall for Children Mottingham Lane, London 4.9 7
Vista Field Children’s Centre Middle Park Avenue, London 5 8
Marvels Lane Pre School Lions Close, London 2.8 4
Village Nurseries – Mottingham 220 Mottingham Road, London 4.5 8
Busy Bees at London Mottingham 35 West Park, London 3.7 12
The Tutor Surgery Mottingham: Mark McLean 45A Mottingham Road, London 5 2
Dorset Road Infants School Dorset Road, London 4.6 5
John’s Piano Tutor Studio 7 Beaconsfield Road, London N/A N/A
Positive Edge Education Ltd 17 Luxfield Road, London N/A N/A
Sunflower Montessori Nursery school Maryfield Hall, 73 Leysdown Road, London N/A N/A
Eltham College Junior School Mottingham Lane, London 5 6
St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School Harting Road, London 4.8 5
New Lodge Riding Centre Mottingham Lane, London Area, London 5 9
Middle Park Primary School Middle Park Avenue, London 3.9 10
Little Goblins Preschool 17 Newmarket Green, London 5 1
School 170 Middle Park Avenue, London N/A N/A
The Eltham Foundation School 162 Middle Park Avenue, London N/A N/A
Greenacres Primary School & Early Years Centre Witherston Way, London 5 3

In Mottingham, what tube and train stations are nearby?

Having to walk more than 10 to 15 min to reach public transportation is usually considered as a downside when considering a property to live in. To simplify this, we curated the list of train and tube station of Mottingham to help you find what would be the best location for you to move in. There are 1 train or tube stations within the Mottingham area. Here are the main ones

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Mottingham SE12 O J5, London 3.9 36

Are there many post offices in the region of Mottingham?

Nearby post offices simplify sending and getting packages. Mottingham branches also offer services like money orders and insurance along with mail services. Here they are along with their proximity to the area.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Mottingham Post Office 277 Court Road, London 2.9 47

The number of hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in Mottingham

We weren’t able to locate medical institutions or stores in this neighbourhood. Let us know in the comments if we are wrong so we can add them to our list.


Is the local life vibrant in Mottingham

Mottingham is full of life and things to do. We suggest looking at Timeout for their weekly Mottingham event listings to find local activities. Here’s a convenient link to see their upcoming happenings. Having a good grasp of what’s in Mottingham and where helps get situated when moving. Our map compiles property price points and other details from this article to outline what’s available in Mottingham.

What else is close by?

If you need a comparison of other nearby neighbourhoods besides Mottingham, Cozee Properties have provided you with guides with information on other areas too.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Longlands See the guide here
Chinbrook See the guide here
New Eltham See the guide here
Lee See the guide here
Horn Park See the guide here
Eltham See the guide here
Kidbrooke See the guide here
Longlands See the guide here
Chinbrook See the guide here
New Eltham See the guide here
Lee See the guide here
Horn Park See the guide here
Eltham See the guide here
Kidbrooke See the guide here

If you are looking to buy or sell a property and want to get an idea of how the market works there, have a look at our property prices guides below

Postcode area Link to our property price guide
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