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The South East London district of Sidcup was first founded as a small village along the route between England's capital and Maidstone. Today, Sidcup is a peaceful London suburb in the larger borough of Bexley. This tranquil community filled with stately manor homes and relaxing green spaces may be just over 12 miles southeast of Central London with car hire, but public transportation is a more practical way to reach the heart of London from Sidcup. Two rail lines, taxis and nearly a dozen bus routes travel between Sidcup and the rest of London.
Who to Book With
There may be plenty to places to get car rental throughout London, but Sidcup is among the easiest parts of the city to drive in. Sidcup's own vehicle rental options include the independent Smart Car and Van Hire company, as well as Budget and Enterprise branches, all of which accept reservations online. Renting vehicles from other parts of London and driving to Sidcup is also an option.
Best Time to Go
Like the rest of the Greater London area, Sidcup is prone to sudden rainfall at all times of the year. The warmest months between May and August are the region's busiest and most humid months. Winter, on the other hand, is fairly mild and less busy. Autumn and spring are slightly cool but less crowded seasons. However, no matter when people visit Sidcup, they will generally encounter cheaper rental and hotel rates than in places closer to Central London.
Need to Know Essentials
These documents must be produced prior to renting a vehicle:
- A valid passport
- A driving licence which is up to date
- A valid credit card for a deposit
- Online booking proof
As a peaceful suburb filled with numerous green spaces, majestic manors and uncrowded streets, Sidcup is among the most pleasant regions of London for driving. The only times motorists should encounter traffic jams in Sidcup are during prime morning and afternoon commuting hours. Sidcup is linked to the rest of London by two motorways, the M20 and the M25, as well as four secondary main roads, the A20, the A223, the A211 and the A222.
Our United Kingdom driving guide includes further driving information.
Driving in Sidcup may be fairly easy, but the same cannot be said for much of the rest of Greater London. Fortunately, Sidcup is well connected to the rest of the city by public transportation. Visitors can travel between Sidcup and all other parts of Greater London by taxi, a couple of rail lines and almost a dozen different bus routes.
Charing Cross, just over 10 miles away, is the nearest London rail station to Sidcup, whose own Jubilee Way rail station handles two Southeastern lines known as the London Cannon Street line and London Charing Cross–Gravesend line. Sidcup rail station stands less than a mile from the city's high street and is located in London Travelcard Zone 5.
Sidcup rail station serves almost a dozen bus routes to various parts of London. The bus lines which travel through Sidcup are numbered B14, R11, 51, 160, 229, 233, 269, 286, 321, 492 and 625. Details on bus schedules and ticket costs are posted on the Transport for London website.
Like in other parts of London, taxi passengers in Sidcup can choose between the city's famous black cabs or the cheaper vehicle hires known as minicabs. One of Sidcup's best known taxi companies is Abba Dart, which transports passengers to all five major London airports. The standard fare for the 12 mile journey between Sidcup and London is around £25, excluding tolls and other extra charges.
Once visitors get their fill of Sidcup's high street and manor homes, they will undoubtedly want to proceed directly to nearby London, although this is a journey best undertaken by public transit rather than private automobile. Great Britain's capital may contain enough attractions to keep visitors occupied for a lifetime, but stately Windsor, historic Stonehenge and the world famous Oxford University are also all less than two hours' drive from Sidcup.
London – Few cities on Earth can boast as many diverse things to see and do as Great Britain's national capital. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London and countless other London landmarks may be admired while soaring above the city inside a London Eye capsule or from the walkways of the Tower Bridge across the River Thames.
Windsor – This ancient town under an hour west of Sidcup may be most famous for its namesake castle, Eton College and the Royal Guildhall. However, many of Windsor's young visitors may be more interested in the Legoland theme park two miles west of Windsor Castle. At Legoland, many of Europe's most famous landmarks have been faithfully reconstructed to scale with the famous toy bricks.
Stonehenge – Although the World Heritage site of Stonehenge, 1 hour, 30 minutes’ drive from London, cannot be reached directly by car hire, it is nonetheless a worthy daytrip destination from Sidcup. These magnificent megaliths remain just as mysterious as when they were first erected about 4,500 years ago. Several of the smaller burial mounds and other structures surrounding Stonehenge are actually older than Stonehenge itself.