I live in the overlap of New Eltham and Sidcup, and as Sidcup has not a lot going for it in terms of retail high street, I was often taken to Eltham High Street by my mother most weekends to get the bits and pieces.
Eltham is a district in South East London, postal district SE9 and also a little bit is covered by SE12. It comes under the London Borough of Greenwich. Neighbouring towns include New Eltham, Blackfen, Falconwood, Shooters Hill, Woolwich, Charlton, Kidbrooke, Lee and Mottingham.
Interesting 2001 census info:
including Coldharbour and New Eltham,
the constituency of Eltham was 87, 579 -
52.3% being female and
23% being under 18.
87.7% of Eltham was born in the UK,
making the migrant percentage 12.3%.
86.7% of Eltham was white,
5.8% Black-African and Caribbean and
3.7% Asian decent.
The national average is 92.2% white people, making Eltham respectively higher in terms of multiculturalism.
This is similar to other districts around it in south east London and also similar statistics to districts the same distance away from central London in north and west London.
Eltham generally has a lot of open green space, alike many districts in the Greenwich borough. There is historic woodland to the north in Shooters Hill and Oxleas Wood. A main park in Eltham is Avery Hill Park which is rather expansive. Also Eltham Parks contain a lot of space.
In terms of transport, like most areas in London, there is a lot of buses and rail links. However, most of south east london is not served by the London Underground. Trains will take you into London's Charing Cross, Victoria or Cannon Street in 20 minutes and out to Crayford, Dartford, Slade Green, Gravesend, Gillingham or Rochester.
Eltham is notorious for the Stephen Lawrence case which happened at a bus stop in Eltham in 1993, where the black Jamaican sixth former aged 18 was stabbed to death for no other reason than because of the colour of his skin. It is a landmark in criminology and set a benchmark for anti racism movements and a lot of work was put into the south east London's community to prevent further racist attacks. No one was convicted of his murder.
Eltham Palace is a large house in Eltham owned by English Heritage and open to the public. Internally the house is an 'art Deco masterpiece'.
Eltham High Street has a few restaurants and some chain stores of shops such as Marks and Spencers and Argos. There are a lot of tanning, charity and discount stores too.